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The bar that lets the tailgate down has come lose, and I can't get the tailgate open

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The tailgate is released by 2 cables on either side of the handle. Just on the inside of the handle. You should be able to get a pair of channel lock pliers or just regular plyers hold of both caables and pull them towards one another to get the tail gate to release and open.

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