2008 yukon rear lift gate will not open - electrical handle - how to repair?


Asked by Aug 23, 2016 at 07:14 PM about the 2008 GMC Yukon SLT1 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

rear lift gate will not open; the glass hatch will open w/ key FOB. my key FOB
does not have a hatch opener - so you have to open manually by squeezing
the handle. but it will not open…. how do you remove the plastic inside cover
and what part should I look for or troubleshoot?

8 Answers


OK - i have narrowed the problem down to a lift gate release switch. i have the part but cannot remove the plastic panel from the inside to get to the switch. DOES ANYONE know how to remove the plastic from the inside w/ the hatch CLOSED? I have it almost off but cannot get the lower right side to release; it appears screwed in and you cannot get to the screw w/ the hatch closed? IS THERE ANY GMC MECHANICS OUT THERE?

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did anyone ever answer? were you able to remove the plastic from the inside with the door closed? we cannot get past this point! is it a secret? cannot find ANYWHERE on the internet!


how did you get the back open

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simple. u have to open manually. remove back tailgate cover panel from inside. then push (or pull) latch mechanism - it may have a chord attached. then the back tailgate lift will open.

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am trying to remember how to get the panel off; as i recall you need a 90 deg screw driver to remove final screw.


FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT- had a nice GMC mechanic at a local dealership tell us there is no other way except cutting a hole and they would replace with a plastic cap. We ended up cutting way too much, but didn't care at that point. There are NO SCREWS ON THE INSIDE or the outside of the door on this year model to remove plastic, only once you have the door open because the plastic goes around door to the underside. If you are looking dead center from the inside you need to drill approx 4" up and 4" over to the right and once you do you can unlatch. The great part was, that once we got open and replaced the door lock actuator, the door lift started working again. I have a picture to give u an idea I'll post later

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well i can tell you i did not have to cut any hole. i released the top portion of the plastic cover by unsnapping using a putty knife (work from inside, top down). then wedge open plastic (from inside) and get hold of string or latch and pull; the rear door will open. once open you can get to final screw to completely remove plastic panel. glad you got a solution. mine worked w/ no cutting panel. regards.

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We have the same problem!!!! So to open the gate we desconect the battery for a few minutes and connect it back and was Avol the reset the computer to open the tailgate !!

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