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Cannot open my tailgate

My wife somehow broke the tailgate handle on my 05 avalanche. i cant even open the tailgate and i dont know how to fix it without spending a ton of cash to the dealership. the plastic latch is not broken but the left side hangs free. i need help please I have similar problem I was able to remove the screws on the hinge on the other side and undo the cable and removed that way but trying to find metal parts and not those cheep plastic clips. By the way it wasn't easy to remove it this way with one person have help.

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Check your local auto parts junk yard and locate a similar truck that was wrecked on its side or front and get the parts off of that vehicle taking notes on how it is installed. That might be cheaper than a body shop.

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