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2002 Kia Sportage Question: How do I clean or replace the tailgate lock mechanism?

 

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kiamom75, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Chandler, AZ, March 13, 2012, 08:14
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The tailgate won't catch. I've tried WD-40 to see if it is just gunked up, but still cannot close it.

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    dale45 from Fairway Auto Repair, March 13, 2012, 08:23
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    Is this a problem that has progressively gotten worse, or is it something that has happened suddenly.

    If it happened suddenly, take a looka t the latch, it may already be latched. If so, use a screwdriver to pullit out while someone is holding the release handle.

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    kiamom75, March 13, 2012, 09:24
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    I acts like it is already in the locked position, but the lift gate is not shutting all the way. I think we will have to remove it and clean it. Thanks!

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