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Tailgate has been hard to open for years. Had to pull handle up very hard and continuously had to pull it harder until the handle finally broke. Want to fix problem to make it open easier and replace handle and handle housing.

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After you buy and install a new handle remove the access panel on the inside of the tailgate, lube all parts with WD40 also the locking devices at either side of the gate. Also make sure there is no body metal dented inward that could impead the moving parts. WD40 is going to make your day use it generously!

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