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My tailgate won't open

My tailgate won't open

Postby silvertongue1980 [OP] » Aug 28 2011, 4:03pm

I just purchased a 2005 1500 Z71, when I got home I found that the tailgate won't open. Has anyone run into this issue before? Or any ideas on what it might be?
Thanks in advance,
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby EKinMN » Aug 28 2011, 4:15pm

What happens when you lift the handle? Can you lift the handle? it's possible the rod/cable that connects the latch is bad.

I saw your other post about the issues...did you buy this from a dealer? If so, I'd be heading back there since you have a couple things going wrong.
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby Austin » Aug 28 2011, 4:19pm

Does this topic help? Infamous tailgate latch assembly
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby silvertongue1980 [OP] » Aug 28 2011, 4:52pm

Nothing happens when I pull the handle on either side of the latch.
Did buy it from a dealer, but was "as is" and I didn't notice these 2 issues until I got it home.
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby whitewing94 » Aug 28 2011, 5:00pm

As you lift the handle try pushing foreward on the tailgate. If that does not work you will have to take it appart and repair it. Good luck
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby Austin » Aug 28 2011, 9:56pm

The plastic trim around the handle pops out easily there will be two rods going outward towards the latch [the clips are known for breaking] these rods pull inward together to release the latches. I'm guessing you'll see one rod connected and the other missing because the plastic clip broke and the rod fell down. With some needle-nose pliers pull the rod that fell off inward and your tailgate will pop open. Go to the auto parts store and get some replacement plastic clips.
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby silvertongue1980 [OP] » Aug 28 2011, 10:24pm

Will try that ASAP, thanks again for the help.
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Re: My tailgate won't open

Postby silvertongue1980 [OP] » Aug 29 2011, 1:35am

Clip was broke, easy fix. Thanks for everything.
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