Back Hatch does not Open

Asked by Apr 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM about the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 4 Dr Classic 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The back hatch of my 1999 Jeep Cherokee Classic does not open most of the time. I try locking and
then unlocking the power lock and once in a great while, if I push down on the door while lifting the
latch, I can open the door. But this happens only once in a great while. Is this a common problem that I
can fix on my own? If not, do you have any idea how much this might cost to repair?

5 Answers


try wd 40 on the lock mechanism

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WD40 might break it loose, but it is not a lubricant, it is a solvent. You need a lubricant on the mechanism. Tri-flow, super lube, or something along those lines would be a much better choice.


sometimes mine doesn't open on my 2000 cherokee, and i have to push it closed a little more then in will open


u can adjust the handle from inside the door, a white plastic clip connects the handle to a bar on the latch.

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the hatch handle is loose

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