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Tailgate latches wont function

I took the panel off the tailgate. the plastic tabs located on the handle are broken. i manually tried to pull on both bars to pop the latches, but i believe the latches are so rusted something broke in the latches themselves. the bars move but the is no play in the locks on neither side.

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I had a similar problem. Rust can be a pain in the ***! It might be best to hit the junkyards for a replacement ! Then spray the hell out of it with rust inhibitor. The one you have probably has bent control rods, broken springs and bent or cracked latches. I had the '95 F150 with extended cab...it rusted so badly it was dropping parts all over the road just before I dumped it last year.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013

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SOURCE: 97 Ford F150 Tailgate latch mechanism failure

these latches break all the time there is alot of aftermarket companys making replacements. just pop one in and you ready to go

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SOURCE: 2002 Explorer rear liftage latch replacement

Liftgate Latch Remote Control Removal and Installation

  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel. For additional information, refer to Section 501-05.
  1. Remove the watershield.
  1. Disconnect the actuator electrical connectors.
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  1. Disconnect the liftgate window glass latch release cable.
    1. Release the cable conduit.
    1. Disconnect the cable.
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  1. Disconnect the liftgate latch release cable.
    1. Remove the cable conduit.
    1. Disconnect the cable.
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  1. Release the exterior liftgate release handle actuating rod.
    1. Open the clip.
    1. Release the rod.
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  1. Remove the bolts and the liftgate latch remote control.
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  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
    • Transfer parts as necessary.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: handle on tailgate wont open

We have the same problem, remove the panel on inside tailgate and you will find the handle broken, it is made out of pot metal. You need new handle from dealer or salvage yard.

Posted on Jun 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 Ford Ranger Exterior Tailgate Handle Broken

There should be an access panel on the bed side of the tail gate. If you have a liner installed on the tail gate you will need to remove it to gain access to the panel. Panel is probably held on with torx screws but you may get lucky and have regular bolts. just remove panel and the lock rods are held to the handle with little clips, just pop them off and remove the nuts that hold the handle assembly onto the tailgate, install is just the revers order.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: The rear latch/handle on our

Here's how I repaired mine. Go inside and remove the plastic 2" square plastic cover. By pushing on the lever inside this area, the latch will release. Push on the door at the same time, when the latch is pushed. With the door open, remove all four screws from the plastic panel. Now pry carefully the big plastic panel off the door. There are plastic snaps holding this on, all around the edges. Now there is another metal cover over the latch mechanism under this panel. Remove this. You now can see into the latch area and put the handle back into the slot where it came out of. You'll see that the ends of the handle can be put back on the round bar, but to hold them in place, I attached 2 nylon ties on one end. You can also purchase a metal push on retainer from the local hardware store. Mine has been repaired for 8 months and had no trouble. Ford used no retainer on these handles and after prolonged use, they bend and the handle can be pulled off. A twenty minute job. Your wife can even do it.
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