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1998 dodge ram 1500 need to open up the tailgate

My truck tailgate locking devise won't lock into position and I think I need a new cable inside of the tailgate. How do you see if that is the problem. It looks like it is a sealed unit. Do you think all it needs is WD-40 lubricant in all of the metal parts?

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Not sure what you mean by "sealed unit". if your problem is that your tailgate wont latch together properly, check the condition of the tailgate cables and look for damage to the outer covering and cable itself. it could be that the cable is getting caught b/w gate and bed when you close it. due to a misalignment. yes, i would lubricate the mechanisms with wd40, or a quality graphite lubricant. i would also access the internal mechanisms that actuate the tailgate opening. lubricate those parts too. finally make sure that the cable's tang is slid past on the bolt. this should fix your issues.

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