Originally Posted by cowtime
krutj- you were RIGHT!!!!!! The latch mechanism was stopped about half way and that's why there was little resistance in the thumb latch. A pull down on it and it opened right up! The spring under it is rusty so I suspect that was the problem. I've sprayed lithum grease on every moving part of that thing that I can get to...and then sprayed it all again.
SOOO glad it worked out!!! The mail lady is in business!
Every Jeep I've ever owned has had dampness issues at the tailgate...
We were on vacation in Florida once, when the wife's Grand Cherokee tailgate would not open....that was a real pain, but nearly the same problem.....
Your hubby is a fast worker.....better keep him around..