So the other night i decided i was going to lock my rear gate, it locked just fine the key turned easy enough to lock to binding, ect. Today i go to unlock it and it wont unlock for anything. i was going to remove the cover around the latch, and after a quick look i decided that would not work as the gate must be open. i so ran out of ideas any other ideas would be helpful.
Please don't mind if I laugh. I bought my jeep while still married. Ex-hubby made the decision my own and promised if something happened and it was deemed a lemon he would keep his mouth SHUT. No sooner than a half hour down the highway I pulled into a gas station and locked my doors. Do you know, for love nor money we couldn't open them damn doors. He tried everything for the rest of the very long weekend. He made my life misrable and I spent 4 days climbing in and out of my window during the wet season in Oklahoma with torrential rain. I found a good mechanic and he had them opened and re-keyed. I have a soft top and its never locked 'cept for the back door b/c I have about 3grand invested in her stereo equipment with most of it under my back seat.
The locks seize up. You can replace the back or have it re-keyed and the guts of the lock replaced. Jeeps are so easy to break into. I can't speak for everyone when I say this but normally the owners I know, especially with soft tops, haven't locked their jeep's since they purchased them causing the locks to seize up pretty easily due to lack of use and other elements.
This is off the top of my head but try spraying wd-40 or oil into the lock and let it soak for a little then try it.
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It may help depending on how bad it is seized. We tried every lubercant know to man without sucess. Trust me, if you knew my ex would understand when I said everything was tried. WD-40 is a handy tool if the rust and seized locks haven't gone beyond WD-40's capibilities. James, my mechanic thought I hadn't tried everything when I called him the first time. He thought I was just a P.O'd wife b/c I was getting a hard time. It took him 2hrs. just to get the door off. I was present for the whole ordeal. It always got a smile from him when I walked through the door b/c I always showed up with a really off the wall problem with my jeep. She has quirks to say the very least.
I am glad it worked out for you. I spent over $300 having my locks fixed. The guy said it looked like my doors haven't been locked since the jeep was origionally bought. Sometimes previous owners change the doors out too and not tell anyone or more importantly the new owner. I have a friend who went through that too.