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The tailgate on my TE is stuck closed: I can't get the lock to unlock, either by unlocking one of the front doors and allowing the central locking to operate, or by using the key in the tailgate lock.

Question 1: anyone have any idea how I can get the tailgate open to take a look at the lock.

Question 2: what goes wrong with the lock, and how can I fix it?

Any ideas?
 

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locksmith?

My suggestion if it won't unlock from the key would be to try a locksmith.

If ti's the mechanicals of the lock, then this is not going to work - and is also going to be a lot harder to do without damage. Have you tried leaning against the tailgate while trying to open it (to perhaps unstick a jammed mechanism?).
 

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It's open!

Opened it, finally, using the release button on the inside.

It's the locking mechanism itself that is sticking - not the barrel where the key goes, but the slider underneath that stops the latch releasing when you push the button.

I've tried dousing it in WD40, but it still sticks...
 
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