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Tailgate won't open, broken latch. how to fix? 2000 Ford Explorer sport.

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If you can find a used one it is much cheaper (obviously).You need to pull off the tailgate interior panel covering.Also you may not.There may be access to it from underneath.I have pulled apart windows,doors but have never had a truck or SUV.There may be some screws holding down the interior cover in a few spots.If you have to pull apart the interior panel,look for screws that may be capped with those little plastic covers,they like to hide the screws for appearance.Then you will have to gently pry at the seams between the cover and the tailgate.There are usually little pop in pins holding it on.Please do it carefully because they can break.Once you get past the interior cover,there should be access to the latch.It's usually only held on by a couple of medium size bolts,maybe 10mm-12mm.(Everything seems metric these days anyhow).Good luck and let me know if you need further help or have any questions.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

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    ihubka Nov 10, 2012

    can't get tailgate open with broken latch or handle, and tailgate trim can't be removed from the inside

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