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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: How do I replace tailgate handle
I just finished replacing mine. It took about an hour. Here's my step by step.
1. take off the two outside bolts on the inside of the tailgate behind the handle.
2. Now gently pull off the cladding around the latch. It is still held on by two christmas tree style holders.
3. Tie some long ropes to each of the two rods that the handle pulls together. You don't want them getting away from you.
4. Now free the rods from the plastic clamps. This is the point of no return. Mine would not go back together. A small screw driver shoved in from the end along the seam will pop them easily.
5. Now remove the remaining 3 T40 bolts on the back of the tailgate.
6. The handle assembly is now free to come out. Hold on to it as you lift the tailgate back up. Don't shut the tailgate all the way.
7. Work the old handle out. I did not take any of the cladding off. It took about five minutes of gentle manipulations to get it out. I did have to pull on the metal tongue that comes up right in front of it.
8. Pop the replacement plastic clamps into their corrent places in the new handle. Hinge side down. Don't fasten them.
9. Put the new handle in the same way you took the old one out.
10. Attach with the 3 T40 bolts. Dont fully tighten, just snug. I would recommend some blue loctite as well.
11. Now shut the tailgate so that it latches. Place the pull rods in the plastic clamps and fasten them. Don't pull on the rods, just put them in the clamps.
12. Your door should work now. Try it a couple of times. Pull on both sides of the tailgate to make sure each is held tight. If so, tighten up all the bolts, put the cladding on, and your done.
13. If your door won't latch, the rods are being pulled together too much. Undue the plastic clamps, push the rods apart and reset them in the clamps.
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
You have to open it from the inside and take off the entire back panel on door from there you will find your way if not write back.
Posted on Apr 09, 2009
SOURCE: How do I replace tailgate handle
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.
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
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