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How do I clean or replace the tailgate lock mechanism?

(2002 Kia Sportage)
in Chandler, AZ on March 13, 2012
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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of Fairway Auto Repair on March 13, 2012
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.
on March 13, 2012
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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