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Top Tailgate Latches

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Having difficulty opening the top tailgate on a 1992 RRC (JA VIN) as the latches appear to have seized / rusted as the release button moves but doesn't press in very far. Do the actuating rods to either side of the lock mechanism push / pull or do they rotate around their axis to operate the latches?

Trying not to damage the frame as it is aluminium, so trying to work out what I can do from inside the boot.

Thanks

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Pretty sure they pull inwards.

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Unscrew the cover plate inside the boot and use mole grips to pull bar on each side to release.

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Thanks for the guidance. Will continue the soaking in penetrating fluid and then try a more substantial pull on the bars.

 

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