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How do you open a 1990 Ford Ranger tailgate that will not fully release on one side?

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The tailgate handle is attached to two rods with each one controlling a separate lock. If you raise the handle you may find a spot where you can see the rods in behind the fulcrum point of the handle. If you can see the rod that is not working properly you may be able to move it with a screwdriver enough for it to release the affected lock. Some trucks have removable access panels on the tailgates inside so you can open it when this problem occurs. Worst case scenerio is to break the handle assembly and get to the rods.

Posted on Apr 04, 2015

  • Terrence Herdahl Apr 05, 2015

    There is no panel on the inside to access but there are three bolts holding the handle on the outside. I took it off and it hung down a couple of inches. I pulled on both rods and the gate finally opened.

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    paulmacintyre Apr 05, 2015

    Make sure the handle does not have a broken arm where the rod goes in and make sure the handle rocks freely and is nor seized. Hpe this helps



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