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Tailgate latch handle - How do I replace it?

The tailgate latch broke with the gate up. I can find the part on the web but how do I swap it out?

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  • nortledorf1 Jan 10, 2009

    I have a 2004 silverado pickup with the tailgate up and the latch broken, now I can't open the darned thing...how do I fix it?

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Access through the panel on the "inside."

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