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Can't open tailgate (Legacy 1991, EJ22, Station)

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#1 stickedy


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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:49 AM

Ok, here's the story: Since the handhold of my tailgate (opener) was really rusty, I decided to replace it with one from a donor car. That was no real problem, but I forgot to adjust the opener (that metal rod), so I couldn't open the tailgate after closing it. Ah, things happen...

Anyway, since I haven't reinstalled the cladding yet, I could easily open the tailgate from the inside. I then adjusted that metal rod and tested the opening several times. No problem, everything works fine.

So I decided that it would be time to reinstall the cladding am make everything looking nice again. That was a mistake!

The next day, I couldn't open my tailgate when I try to and since I can't reach the necessary components from the inside now, I have no clue how to open it.

Does anyone have an idea how to open that tailgate? Except from destroying the cladding ;) That would be my next approach when there is no alternative...

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:59 PM

If you can't get the cladding off, you could try drilling hole with a hole saw through the cladding so you can at least reach in there to unlatch the tailgate. Then you can just get a round rubber plug or something to fill the hole. That would probably look better than completely destroying the cladding.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:08 PM

That SUCKS! I drove my legy all winter 1 year with the dash frankensteined together till I was sure my hvac controls fix was relieable, come spring all was well so reassembled and then my wifes hvac took a vacation go figure........G:popcorn:

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:17 AM

I was able to work that plastic off from inside the car on a June day. I was sweaty and pissed but I didn't break it. I didn't get it all the way off, just worked it down from the window and reached into the ranthor pit of sharp steel and found the lever and pulled it too it popped open

Edited by Ricearu, 23 October 2012 - 12:22 AM.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:21 AM

Is it not locked, as in key-locked (sorry but it can happen).
You can try to grap the unlock handle and push hard in and then pull very hard. It can open with a loud bang. I had it once when a steel wire was locked with the locking mechanism.

#6 stickedy


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:46 PM

Thanks, I will try this tomorrow. I I have no luck, I will do what Legacy777 suggested. Found someone with the right tool ^^

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

So, today was the big day, after fixing my exhaust, I finally managed to open that tailgate again. it was the rather uhm ultimate solution with drilling a hole in cladding, nothing else worked. But now it's fixed :)

Next things to do: front axles, ball joints, track rod ends and brake pads (perhaps also brake discs) ;) And installing the LPG equipment :D How nice that there is always work to do :D

Edited by stickedy, 14 November 2012 - 05:00 PM.

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