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Troubleshoot A Stuck Tailgate On An LR3
How to fix the upper tailgate on your LR3 V8 4.4L (any from 2005 - 2009) when it becomes stuck from the outside. Watch Jim as he demonstrates the necessary steps to release the upper tailgate when it becomes stuck.
Tech Tip: Upper Tailgate Will Not Open From Outside For LR3Hi it's Jim at Atlantic British. This morning we're in an LR3. We're going to be discussing a tailgate failure. If you can't get your rear hatch open, the first thing to try is on the dash where the lock and unlock buttons are, if you push them both simultaneously, you'll hear the door make a noise and then the back should make a clunk. If you hear that, at least you know that actuator is working. From here we're going to move around to the back of the truck. We're at the back of the truck now. Obviously our rear hatch works. What I want to show you is the tough part of the job, because you really have to do it while being locked in the back of the truck. I'm going to open this up. I have some of this taken apart. I've also had the stays taken off. When you're doing this, an added note, make sure you have something down here when you start taking this apart so the tailgate doesn't go down too far. What you need to try to do is you're going to be prying this carpet piece out from underneath this plastic piece. So you can get it open about this far, and then you can work at the actuator. I've got this off. It's pretty stiff plastic. And I'll warn you now, it's not an easy job to get this out. You may want to take it to a body guy. I'll get this out of the way. This is normally held on with screws up here. And there's 2 catches. Just kind of snap it off. While you have this up - because you're going to be doing this with it closed - you need to pull the carpet back and cut open a section of the water shredder. And what you're going to need to do. You're going to find a hole down in here. And hopefully Cheryl can get a shot of this. I can show you on another part. And you can see the cable in there. And you can push the cable back with a small screw driver, and it should pop the latch loose. I have an assembly over here that I can show you what you're actually going to do. Here at Atlantic British these are actually 2 separate parts. This is the latch that goes on the hatch. This is the actuator. This is the hole where I had the screw driver going through. And what you're going to be doing is just kind of pushing this back, like that, and it actuates the cable, and it pops the latch free. Like I said we stock both of these parts. If you're stuck what I would do is order them both. We also stock this water shredder. Because you're going to have to peel this off to replace this piece. Now the normal failure in these is this cable pops out of this clip. I think these retainers get bad and it doesn't hold it in place, just pops off. If it does that, you need to kind of get in here and push on the cable itself. Other obvious failure if this electrical part fails you need to replace it. I mean once you get to this part, it's not bad at all. To get this way, This piece that I showed you, I took off, snapped off. You need to take the, what they call the stays loose. They go on - there's these 2 like knobs, that actually hold the plastic piece. Pop these off. Unscrew these. Take the screws out of the retainer. And you can pop the plastic piece off. Get the rest of the carpet out of the way, then you can attack this and put your new parts in. You can check out the parts on our website, RoverParts.com. Give us a call. The sales guys are going to be briefed on this so they'll know what you're talking about. Give us a call 1-800-533-2210. Like I said before, this may not be a good do it yourselfer job. But at least you can explain to maybe a body shop what needs to be done and they can pop off this panel and get it open for you.
Applies To These Models:
LR3 / Discovery 3 V8 4.4L | '05-'09
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