Help please - tailgate stuck

Jacob100 Oct 11, 2018

  1. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Member Supporter I am in uk

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    The tailgate on my ‘98 100 just packed up in Newcastle of all places.

    Never had any issues with it. The remote locking works fine. No rust or damage. The key turns freely and the barrel clicks. Child lock and inside handle don’t do anything.

    Couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Any ideas appreciated.
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Long shot but if it's anything like the mech on the 80, just try moving the external release lever (under the tailgate lip) backwards. IE push it not pull it. I know that occasionally it doesn't go fully back and that stops it from resetting the release catch
     
  3. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Thank you Chris. No such luck. No movement at all in that direction. Will press on up to Scotland and try to get to the internal mechanism tomorrow.
     
  4. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Could be a rod dropped off in which case opening from inside by removing the door inner cover (door card) would probably be the only option if all else fails.
     
  5. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Cheers Rich. It’s fully loaded for camping and it’s chucking it down up here so we may have to live with it until we get back home again...
     
  6. uHu

    uHu Well-Known Member I am in sri_lanka

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  7. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    How did I know this would be the case Jacob…?
    The law of Sod knows no mercy. :(
     
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  8. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Jacob100 Member Supporter I am in uk

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    There’s another delicate twist to all this. We’re sleeping in the truck.
     
  10. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    So you should be able to get to the back of the upper tailgate…no?
     
  11. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Yes, and we’ll be able to squeeze ourselves and all the stuff through the back doors so it will just add to the cosy camper feel.
     
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