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How to Remove Roof Rack Cross Rails on a Jeep Grand Cherokee

by Jody L. Campbell

The center cross bars on the Jeep Grand Cherokee were standardized equipment from the manufacturer on the 1999 to 2001 models. In 2002, Jeep eliminated the feature, but offered the accessories as an aftermarket option. The roof rails were still present on the 2002 and later models, but the cross bars had to be purchased from the dealer in order to add to the roof rails. Cross bars allow the user to tie oversized cargo to the top of the roof without incurring scratches, dents or other damage to the roof.

Approach the passenger or driver's side rear side rails with an angled pry tool or a straightedge screwdriver.

Pry the front of the rear rail caps upward with the pry tool or screwdriver to unlock the tabs of the caps from the side rails. Repeat for the opposite side rear rail cap.

Approach the rear cross rail (either side) and pull up on the center lock (located on the outer edge of the cross rail) from the roof side. Repeat this step for the other side cross rail center lock.

Slide the rear cross rail down the rear of the side rails and remove it from the side rails.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the front cross rails and then snap the rear side rail caps back into position.

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About the Author

Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.

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