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Tail gate wont stay closed -latches not catching

2006 chevy avalanche--I sprayed latches and removed handle cover on tail gate and sprayed them also with wd40.still no luck.

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  • riverside827 Jan 04, 2009

    i have an 02 and mine never worked well right from brand new. both sides never latch properly and i have to give the tail gate a good tug to make sure at least one latch works. its something i've gotten used to

  • randrascik Jan 25, 2009

    after i did all the spraying and r&r the handle, I figured out my problem and fixed it in 5min,I removed 2 of the 3 panels on the bed and properly replaced them so they were locked fully into each other and that allowed the tail gate to travel further forward and locked in place as it should.problem solved .

  • rob3141 Feb 02, 2009

    I have a 04 and the same thing is happening, I have plenty of clearence from the cover and have tried to lubricate the latches. Still no luck. I have done everything but take apart the tailgate. Before last week it worked perfectly.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I have a tarp stuck in the latch and I can't open it

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I had this problem with my 2004 for the past year. Then this past week end it stopped latching all together. I found on mine the handle mechinism froze up. All the wd40 I tried did not help. I had to replace the handle. one thing I saw that could be a problem if it has happened since owning is if the connecting rods that go from the handle to the side latches are not adjusted right. they clip into the handle mechanism and if they were cannected with latch down they may not move enough to allow latch to lock completely.

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I have a 2004 GMC SERIA. The tailgate was hard to close and would fall open at times. i too did what everyone else was doing and lubricating, the assy, and the 2 end latches. After failing and removing everything 2 and 3 times, it looked like the assy arms would not allow the latches to roll over and catch the strickers. So i removed the handle(be careful w/bezel, tindences to break the stubs). i put the assy in my vice w/arms facing away from me; i then took a punch and ball peen hammer and struck the rivette head where arms pivot. this freed up the binding on the arms release mechanism. Tailgate wrks beautiful.

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