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Tail gate will not open

When you pull the handle the mechanism does not open the catch

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Does your tail gate has a kole to insert the key? like a lock system, if it does try to unlock it with key and then open it, but if not, then you are going to have to go to a bidy shop to have it repair

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Tail gate wont open


thats dangerous for the one holding the handle. there is a rod from each side that runs to the handle. one is probobly out of adjustment. If you can see them under the handle when you lift it up take a screw driver and pry it towards the handle. if it opens then its out of adjustment

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Remove the tail gate plastic cover and pull both gate latch rods towards each other, that should release the gate. There are some covers that have screws that can't be removed because the gate has to be open to do it. If the cover can't be removed completely, remove as many screws as you can, pull out cover and use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the rods.

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I have the solution to every one out there with tailgate lock problems......I had the very same problem but wasnt interested in getting a power lock.......Here goes.....it costs you some wd40 or liquid wrench.....nothing else......open the tail gate.....you will see the screws that hold the handle in place.....take off the two outer screws only....then pop off the handle cover....yes it does come off without breaking.....you will see something shaped like a "C".....it should move back and forth.....with the tailgate closed you should be able to move that "C" back and forth...it swivels on a pivot you can see in the opening above the tailgate handle.......this is the lock mechanism.....mine was seized up.....anyways......with the tailgate still closed squirt some wd40 or liquid wrench in the area directly above the tailgate handle........that "C" thing will move again and your problem is over...email me if you figured it out........
I was delighted with the fix.....and it's so easy to do.....then put everything back in its place......tell everyone you know....

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