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How to open tailgate on 2000 tacoma with broken latch with bed cover?

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There are two control rods reaching out to the latches on each end.
You have to find a way to pull them toward each other. Normally the latch does that by turning a small lever. Not sure if it's there or not for you.

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Oh no... Your best bet is a screw driver and try to slide in between the tailgate and the cover to get it to unlock

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How to open tailgate on 2000 tacoma with broken latch


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3 - Next, try and get some WD40 on/in the latch mechanism.
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I closed a tailgate with some coolers inside the bed that were a tad larger than the bed itself. I had to slam the tailgate shut in order to get it latched. Now I can't open the tailgate at all. The...


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