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The Jeep Liberty Lift Glass Won't Close

by Diana Braun

The Jeep Liberty is a mid-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) that features power locking doors and rear lift glass. An electronic key fob locks and unlocks the doors on the SUV. If the "Lock" button is pushed when the lift glass is opened, it can trip up the remote into thinking the glass is closed, and therefore it won't shut properly. Dirt can also build up in the latch, causing it to not operate. There are several methods to troubleshoot a Jeep Liberty's rear lift glass that won't close.

Key Fob

Press the "Unlock" button on the key fob once.

Depress the "Lock" button on the key fob once.

Pull down on the lift glass to shut it. The glass latch should lock into place.

Release Button

Locate the release button behind the latch on the tailgate.

Depress the release button.

Press down on the lift glass to close it.

Latch Cleaning

Apply a few drops of liquid soap to a damp cloth.

Clean out any dirt and loose debris from the tailgate latch.

Press down on the lift glass to shut it.


  • This is a known problem on Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured in 2003 and 2004. A Technical Services Bulletin 23-002-04 was issued to address this problem. Bring your vehicle to a local Jeep dealership to have the problem fixed.

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About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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