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Tailgate latch handle

Post by BrianV70 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:48 pm

I've searched a bit on this; not sure my issue is the common failure of the whole latch mechanism and tailgate being stuck.

My problem is that the outside handle above the license plate doesn't always engage to open the tailgate. The electric lock works OK (a little slow, may be binding somewhere as the little knob inside is slow to pop up). 1/2 the time however, when you squeeze the handle, its not pulling on anything.

Thoughts?

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Re: Tailgate latch handle

Post by configsys » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:44 pm

I just replaced my latch assembly last month. Got a replacement from the junk yard. The outside handle moves a metal rod which pushes on the inside latch assembly. In fact, when I replaced mine, it wouldn't open from the outside and it was a good thing I grabbed the entire latch assembly to include the 2 metal rods since my original one was about 3mm shorter and wasn't fully engaging the latch. You may be able to just straighten it out and see if that helps.
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Re: Tailgate latch handle

Post by BrianV70 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:46 pm

Cool - Sounds simple enough. I think step one will be to just remove the cover and see whats going on.

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Re: Tailgate latch handle

Post by abscate » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:10 pm

I had my spare old one in my hand to throw out today and thought

...someone on MVS needs this...

The latch doesn’t work, the rest of the locking hardware does

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Re: Tailgate latch handle

Post by configsys » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:14 am

You may want to order one of those tailgate panel repair kits from FCP Euro. I broke just about all those plastic guide pins when I removed mine.
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Re: Tailgate latch handle

Post by BrianV70 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:57 pm

configsys wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:14 am
You may want to order one of those tailgate panel repair kits from FCP Euro. I broke just about all those plastic guide pins when I removed mine.
Mine are already broken. Prior owner screwed it on with sheet metal screws!

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