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How to you keep the rod on a the tailgate from falling out of the handle?

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There should be a retaining pin, if there's a small hole in the end of the rod and no pin in it, put a pin in it.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010

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Tailgate would not unlatch. Think I may have broken something inside, handle is loose .


There is a rod going in each direction to both sides of the tail gate. These rods are held in the handle with platic inserts, the inserts get old, brittle and break allowing the rod to fall out and not unlatch the tail gate.

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yes theres 2 rods. inside the tail gate is 3 bolts hold the latch in place. they are very center of the tailgate remove these to get the handle out

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The rod right hand side of tailgate is not attached


You should be able to feel around and locate that rod. After you get it you can use some pliers or vice grips to put on the rod to release the lock on that side and the handle on the other side.
As long as the locks and the rods move freely and are in good shape then all you will need is a new handle asm. It will come with new clips and on the other side of the tail-gate are 3 torque-head screws that will need to be removed to replace that handle.

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check the tailgate lock rods behind the handle. The bezel around the handle pops off, and the mechanism is behind there. The rods that go to each side of the tailgate may be stuck inward. A little wd-40 or lubricant should work them loose again

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2007 silverado tailgate stuck closed r bar no longer connected to handle...help


EACH rod has a plastic clip that holds rod to tailgate handle you probably just need to replace the clip. it is a plastic clip that locks on rod insert new one in handle then install rod and snap clip down. to gain access you will have to remove tailgate bezel and these usually break when removing.

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Broken handle on tailgate


Hello. Yes that is exactly what you need to do. Once the screws are out you can pull the handle assembly out just enough to disconnect it from the latch release rods. Not too far, you don't want to bend the rods.Those little connectors you see just unsnap from the rods, then they swing away so you can pull the rod out of where it connects to the handle mechanism. Have a piece of wire handy to hook the rod so it doesn't fall out of reach, but even if it does it won't go far. I'm enclosing a picture of a typical "swing away" connector so you can see how it unsnaps from the rod. I think yours will be green and blue, so remember which is which, one goes on the right and one on the left84cc4fe.jpg

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My 2001 Chevrolet Sliverado Z71 Sportside TAILGATE will not unlatch. (It seems like the drivers side is, but the passenger side is not moving at all.)


There are two rods inside the tailgate.One for the driver's side latch and the other for the passenger's side latch. They are connected to the handle with "swing away" plastic connectors. If you lift the handle and look under it you should see the driver's side rod still hooked to your handle, and nothing on the passenger's side. If both rods are still connected to the handle, the repair is going to be much harder. Let's hope only one is connected. Unbolt the handle and pull it out far enough to disconnect the rod/rods, ( you might want to tie a string to it so it doesn't fall out of reach before you disconnect it ). Now grab both rods with needle nose pliers and pull them toward the center, if the passenger's side is still connected to the latch, this should open your tailgate. If the passengers side is not connected, try getting a long stiff wire with a hook on the end to activate the latch, it may take several tries, but just be patient and careful and persistent. If this doesn't work, hopefully someone else has a solution,about all I have left is cutting the strike bolt on the passenger's side, ( going to be very hard to do ), or breaking the tail light lens and trying to remove the strike bolt, ( last resort before destroying the tailgate ). I'm posting a picture of a typical swing away connector to help, they are color coded and this isn't the proper color, but it will give you an idea of what it looks like and how it attaches the rod to the handle. 6c6b2fa.jpg
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How do I replace tailgate handle on 2005 avalanche


1. Remove third panel, open tailgate, observe the five torx bolts.

2. Remove the two outer torx bolts.

3. Close tailgate, remove handle bezel. The bottom is held on with two plastic "Fir tree" pins.

4. Open taligate, remove the three remaining torx bolts, close tailgate.

5. Observe that there are two plastic ScotchLock type items that hold the latch actuator rods. Color the exposed threads with a Sharpie for ease of re-assembly.

6. Open the two plastic actuator rod holders and remove the handle assembly.

7. Install the new part and secure the three bolts.

8. Install the actuator rods in the clips, leaving the previously exposed threads, ummm, exposed.

9. Verify proper operation of latches with the third panel installed.

10. Install bezel and two retaining bolts.

Here's another version of replacing it that another guy modified from the above instructions....

I broke the back latch on mine and had to change it. A couple of changes I would make to the instructions are:

1. forget about the third panel, whatever that is, unless it's another way of saying "tailgate"

2. unsscrew the two outer bolts on the inside of the tailgate and close tailgate.

3. pull off plastic cover, bottom fasteners like said above are "pine trees", just pull straight out

4. the actuator rods are just snapped in, BEFORE doing anything else, mark the edge of the fastener, and more importantly

5. TIE a string, or use a long piece of tape on each rod so that when you undo the fasters for the rods, the rods don't fall down to the bottom of the tailgate. I actually used alligator clips off a multitester as they were handy, but you get the idea.

6. loosen the three bolts holding the handle in (don't remove them, so it doesn't torque over when you start in on the last), when all are loose, remove the three bolts, and disconnect the actuator clips. I could do this with my fingers, and it helped to have the bolts out so you could wiggle it a bit for a better grip.

7. you can now remove the handle by rotating it clockwise and pulling outward a bit on the tight spots of the tailgate.

8. intstall by working backwards up this list, the only other thing is for the right actuator rod, I held it with a needle nose pliers to get it into position.

Hope this helps, and it's not really a bad job.

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Tailgate latch on my 2002 silverado is stuck in closed postion


Remove the molding ring from around the handle. Becareful not to break the taps that lock it in. After removing the molding you should see the handle mechanism. There is a rod coming in from each side (each one runs out the the actual latch). Make sure each rod is connected into the handle assembly. If it is not put the rod into the hole and find the retainer clip to keep it in place.

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The tailgate latch on our 2006 Chevy truck is in the open positio


there are little metal rods that connect to the handle of the tailgate, just like the rods that connect your door handles to the door hinges and lock mechanism. just pop off the plastic cover over the tailgate handle and check and see if the rods are still connected to the handle.

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