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How to open tailgate on 2000 tacoma with broken latch

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IF THE TAIL GATE HAS INSIDE COVERS REMOVE THEM AND OPEN THE GATE, IF NOT YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE HOLES.

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You can pull the panle off with your hand from the inside of your van but becareful because those clip that holds the panel are very easy to break, once off you ll see where the latch located there is an opening for you to open. Hope this help and good luck.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

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SOURCE: 05 tacoma tailgate latch stuck

I had the same problem. I figure that dirt/rust may have accumulated inside the latching mechanism. I was able to fix it using the following steps.
1 - Remove the plastic cap that covers the top of the gate.
2 - Remove as many of the remaining torx bolts from the inside cover (you will need to do this to get inside the gate).
3 - Next, try and get some WD40 on/in the latch mechanism.
4 - Using a large screwdriver, you will need to pry the lever attached to the cable in order to release the latch.

Not a pretty process but it seemed to work. I give the latches a good lubrication frequently now, until I get around to replacing them.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Broken latch cable on 2000 Tundra, will not open

remove the door panel, i believe the handle uses a cable on the link... simple fix

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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SOURCE: my 08 toyota tacoma tailgate latch is jammed and

Some gravel has gone down the latch holes on each side. Take the tailgate out and place it on something that won't scratch it like an old blanket. Turn it upside down each way and gently tape on it with your hand to dislodge the gravel while operating the latch.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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SOURCE: 2006 Toyota Tacoma Pickup, tailgate

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Remove the screws holding it together, then pulled it open as much as you could from the middle and hold it with a piece of 4x6 so I could access the left side, with a small screw driver, compared the both sides, to see what was the difference. you might need to do it few times. Once you manage to get it out. clean it, oil it if possible. Put it back then test again.

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