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Old 03-07-2013, 10:37 AM
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Default Tailgate will not open

My tailgate stopped working recently. The left side latch opens when I lift the handle but the right side latch is not moving anymore. It looks rusted. Was able to get it open by sticking a screwdriver in there and I've been driving around with the tailgate open because I'm afraid to close it and get it stuck again. Is this a common/easy to fix problem and would it be better to replace the whole tailgate or try and open it up and see if the latch is broken or rusty?
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:43 AM
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Default Re: Tailgate will not open

You should be careful not to pull too hard you will break the plastic handle. Happened to me, just open up the tailgate and put some grease or WD40 on the components that control the open / close mechanism.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:44 AM
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Default Re: Tailgate will not open

Did you try to spray the rusty side with some WD40 or something to see if you could loosen it up? I don't know whether there's a cable or a rod that connects the handle to the latch, but before I worried about replacing something, I'd make sure that lubing it up doesn't fix it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:02 AM
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Default Re: Tailgate will not open

I had the same problem with my tailgate but my handle was broken when i got the truck. Took off the panel on the inside of tailgate replaced handle and had to adjust arm that holds the latch so that it was activated by the handle a little tweaking and some white grease made it work great.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:19 AM
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Default Re: Tailgate will not open

Yes I think I'll start by greasing it and keep a screwdriver handy in case it gets stuck again. Probably need to open the panel and take a look at what part isn't moving..I doubt it's the handle because the other side latch still opens. Maybe the arm/cable inside is broken or rusted. The tailgate outside cable is rusted and actually broke on the same side and I plan on replacing that. The rust seems to be only on the right side of the tailgate. Thanks for your replies!
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:18 PM
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Same thing happened to me. My tailgate handle is plastic and one end is snapped. Was lik that when i got it. i need to get me a new handle , I use a flathead screwdriver to open my tailgate. Opens fine just I can't open it by pulling out the handle .
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