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Default Help with my Rear tailgate latch on Sedona!

The rear tailgate latch on my 2003 Sedona will not open the darn door. I assume the linkage is broken or disconnected or something. Does anyone know how to access the area to see,or is there another way to open the tailgate?
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my 2004 has trouble with the rear latch, if i open the tailgate the handle sticks in the open position so you have to fiddle with it to shut it. I need to take a look at mine and have looked when you pull the tailgate up that there are a couple of screws near it and i assume that, that will then come away and shopw the mechanism under the cover so i can wd it or something.
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my 2004 has trouble with the rear latch, if i open the tailgate the handle sticks in the open position so you have to fiddle with it to shut it. I need to take a look at mine and have looked when you pull the tailgate up that there are a couple of screws near it and i assume that, that will then come away and shopw the mechanism under the cover so i can wd it or something.
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Mines always done as you describe, I have had it apart numerous times and its ok for a while but then starts doing it again. I find I have to push the handle back to the closed position before closing the tailgate, its not a ballache to to do it and better than constantly taking it apart .
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Mines always done as you describe, I have had it apart numerous times and its ok for a while but then starts doing it again. I find I have to push the handle back to the closed position before closing the tailgate, its not a ballache to to do it and better than constantly taking it apart .
Im assuming there is a spring that pushes it back into the closed position? Might try it this week at work when the gaffas are out the way.
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Mine stuck closed too, previously I had to push the handle forwards to open.
Can someone say exactly needs doing when you undo the screws ? don't want anything falling out that I can't get back properly lol

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Mine stuck closed too, previously I had to push the handle forwards to open.
Can someone say exactly needs doing when you undo the screws ? don't want anything falling out that I can't get back properly lol

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Can't say I've ever took much notice when I've had it to bits to be truthful but heres the only info the manual has regarding the rear hatch. Also have a look at Kia Global Information System (KGIS) you have to use Internet explorer and need to register but its free. Not a lot of good for the UK/european engines but most everything else is the same
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A couple of points.

Re: The latch lug loop in the back sill.
Within the plastic panel to access the spare tyre support tightening nut.
This is what engages the locking mechanism when tailgate lowered.
If its not correctly adjusted the jaws of the lock will start wearing the loop away.
The tailgate then jiggles more, and sometimes the jaws get jammed out of alignment/against the loop. Adjustment is by the loops's two retaining screws...

Re: the tailgate latch itself. It gets stiff with age.
As others have indicated, lubricate with some penetrating oil at the jaws.
(Note this also applies to the side door channel rollers/hinges)

A large flat screwdriver inserted under tailgate edge from within inside car,
alongside the loop area - and lifted upwards usually frees the tailgate from the latch.
Note the tailgate handle must be jammed in the open position, but tailgate fails to open for the successful screwdriver effect...

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KV6 petrol engine variant.
Rebuilds after years of using as a 4WD substitute...
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Hi all i had the same problem with mine which is a 2004 2.9 crdi l the latch release stuck in the open position couldnt close the tailgate ,so i stripped down the tailgate to find the release had seized . Managed to free of the release spring with wd40 and smothered it in grease no problems since
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the last reply is good, we live in the rust belt, (2) winters with our used 2004 here and gate handle seized. Take apart, clean, sand, etc. then "liberally" apply loctite silver anti-seize. problem solved. Of course, I believe you can buy some of parts new. Good luck
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