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2001 ford sport trac real tailgate will not open

The key feels weird when I tun it, and when I try to lift the handle it also feels strange. Tailgate is stuck in the closed position and won't open after the key is turned. How can I get at the mechanism so I can see what might be wrong with the handle.

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SOURCE: Tailgate will not open

you need to remove the tail gate rear cover (i think it is a torx bit 30) and then manualy open the tail gate. more than likely it will need a handle, and two latches.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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you would need to remove the inside rear panle.

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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: tailgate window lift motor 1986 suburban

I assume your motor is out? These old suburbans will get to where the switch that wont let you roll them down when they are open sometimes is the problem, also the switch, and the switch you use with the key in the tailgate itself, also fuse, The motors also have an overload protecter that is not making contact from corrosion. I have many times been able to beat on the inside door panel while holding the switch and made them start working again, But back to you question, remove interior covering, usually screws and plastic clips, then locate the motor, look and see if you can detach the regulator from the glass. If you can unbolt them. I have had this problem many years ago, but I can't remember exacty how the regulator in in the tailgate, it may be riveted, or it may be bolted. I am assuming you have made sure with test light or vom the motor is getting power, IF it is try applying power to it and tapping it with a wrench or something. It might make it start working. I offer free advice for everyone and will help anyway I can so if this info is helpful in any way, my compensation is my rating.

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SOURCE: Tailgate will not open 2001 Ford F-150pu

Sounds like one of the control rods has come off in side the tailgate that pulls on the latches to release the tailgate. Here is what you need to do to fix this. Look on the inside of the tailgate and you will see a rectangular plate that you can remove. Take this plate off and it will give you access to the inside of the tailgate. Then you will see which rod has dropped out of it's retaining hole. You may need to get a new plastic clip from Ford to keep the rod in place. Don't worry though. These plastic clips are cheap and easy to replace. Good luck. This plastic part will only be available from Ford.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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