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Old 03-23-2011, 11:00 PM
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Default Tailgate Falls if I hit a bump

Hey guys

I have a 2002, and have noticed that if I hit a bump or cross the median or something to make a turn, sometimes, my tailgate falls down, and when I open the tailgate, the handle sticks in the outward position. I tried lubing up the little connector that goes into the hole (I can't remember the technical name..haha).

Anyone have any experience with this? I tried to WD40 it, it worked for like a few days.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:26 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate Falls if I hit a bump

Take off the access cover on the inside of the tail gate (8 screws) and check to see if its all connected to the handle while your at it lubricate the mechanism.next make sure the catches on each end of the tailgate are working properly.
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:54 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate Falls if I hit a bump

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Take off the access cover on the inside of the tail gate (8 screws) and check to see if its all connected to the handle while your at it lubricate the mechanism.next make sure the catches on each end of the tailgate are working properly.
i agree with all of this. and i highly recommend the bolded part.. and if all else fails, there is always the bungee cord mod.
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate Falls if I hit a bump

dont use wd40 either, that can actually wash out the grease, go get some multipurpose grease from a store and lube up any moving parts in there.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:33 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate Falls if I hit a bump

Thank you gentlemen! MUCH appreciated. Its REALLY cold here now, so I will wait a couple days until it warms up and try all of that.

God bless
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:30 PM
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Hey fellas....I picked up some multipurpose grease. Its Valvoline brand....it worked like a charm. Everything was seized up. Works great now!!
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:39 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate Falls if I hit a bump

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Old 04-03-2011, 04:47 PM
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That stuff is like gold....literally.
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