Rear tailgate window latch won't open

Tiny
GREGFREE
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN
  • 160,000 MILES
Power going to latch, you can here it. Won't release the glass?
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Monday, December 5th, 2011 AT 12:36 AM

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Tiny
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Pull the trim panel off the tailgate and observe the latch mechanism as you operate it electrically.
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Monday, December 5th, 2011 AT 12:42 AM
Tiny
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2 or 4 door
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Monday, December 5th, 2011 AT 12:46 AM
Tiny
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There is most likely a bushing on the actuating rod(s) that is either worn or missing.
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Monday, December 5th, 2011 AT 1:03 AM
Tiny
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Is there a diagram on the rear tailgate mechanism? Can't open the window to get to the latch.
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Sunday, December 11th, 2011 AT 10:14 PM
Tiny
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Remove the inner panel. It should be something like 4 screws. The only diagram I can find is a wiring schematic.
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Sunday, December 11th, 2011 AT 10:37 PM
Tiny
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1999 Chevy suburban 1500 jammed back window and latch. Still hear click when I press inside switch. Help
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Monday, October 17th, 2016 AT 3:21 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Hello, this is a common problem can you see if the tailgate is fully closed, if not have someone push on it to close it more while you work the switch, if that doesn't work you will need to remove the inner panel and loosen the window mount to manually push the window down into the tailgate. From these you can take remove the window and then work on the latches, probably a control rod has come loose.

Please let us know what you find so it will help others.

Best, Ken
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Monday, October 17th, 2016 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
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How do you "remove the window?" Control rods are both in place but driver's side will not release even when I manually pull on the rods! Need diagram. Where can I find one?
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Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 AT 2:11 PM
Tiny
KEN
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Once you remove the rear panel you will see the window mounting bolts down low in the tailgate. Once you remove these bolts the glass will lift out. Here is a diagram to show you the handle. Please upload pictures of any problem you are having.

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 AT 11:40 AM

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