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Chrysler Repair/'10 Chrysler T & C: tailgate/stow seats will not open


QUESTION: After loading the back the van last night,  this morning we tried to open it with the automatic button and it wouldn't work. We also tried to open manually and it also wouldn't work. It is firmly stuck in the closed position, only allowing about 10 degrees of movement when manually attempting to open. It will not open at all with the automatic button.  The night before we had the tailgate open so long that the battery needed a boost to start.  Can you help?

ANSWER: Hi Norvel,
The liftgate is a very complex system with its own electronic module. The manual is many dozens of pages in length. There is no specific listing for both a failure to power open and a refusal to manually open. I infer that there may be an 'inhibit opening' situation ordered by the module. You could try disconnecting the battery (after fully charging it), then touch together the two battery clamps for about a minute to 'clear' the systems, then reconnect the battery and try to open the liftgate by hand, and then by power. Some of the radio presets and clock will need to be reset when you do this.
It may be that if you can get a fault code readout of the memory of the module it will tell us what exactly is the reason for this problem. A nationwide autoparts store, such as Autozone, will often do a readout for free. Try to get the 4-digit fault code number and its prefix letter. If you get such a number, I have an extra copy of the '08-09 manual on a CD which I can lend to you by postal mail if you would like to see that. Let me know your postal mailing address.
Otherwise the only alternative is a dealership :(
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QUESTION: Yes, I have double checked the battery and its acceptable. I also tried to activate the Sto and Go Seats and could not get them from the Sto position. I am assuming this is some how related to the tailgate not opening. Let me know what you think.


Hi Norvel,
The common fuse that powers the liftgate AND the stow seats is J3 (40 amp) in the power distribution box in the engine compartment, so take a look at that one which if blown would explain why neither system works. Otherwise I don't see an obvious connection between them. Also look at fuses  J11, M8, M9 and M27 which are also involved but only in one or the other of those functions. It may be that a blown fuse is the cause. Also if the battery voltage is less than 10.6V the seats are disabled.
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