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2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby Andrewcoffill [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 5:00pm

Went to load the truck last night and tailgate not opening. Have an aluminum tonneau so no way to access the back of the truck. Does anyone know if the plastic handle on the outside comes off on the 14-18 model truck? I know older models do but I can’t seem to find anything on these newer models. I’m thinking one of my plastic clips on the cables has snapped

Would prefer to save my tonneau.
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby nealinator » Mar 25 2020, 5:10pm

Is the handle pivoting or is it stuck and not moving?
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby Andrewcoffill [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 5:39pm

The handle moves. Can hear it lock and unlock from my key fob. Can hear it at least partially unlatch when pulling the handle and can hear it click back in when pushing the tail gate. Just won’t budge
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby nealinator » Mar 25 2020, 5:44pm

It sounds like one of your latches is sticking or as you suspect a rod has come loose.

It appears that the bezel is integrated into the latch on yours.
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby Andrewcoffill [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 5:55pm

So my only option is to hack the tonneau off? The outside plastic handle can’t be removed?
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby nealinator » Mar 25 2020, 5:57pm

What type of tonneau do you have? Brand and model?
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby Andrewcoffill [OP] » Mar 25 2020, 6:00pm

It’s an aluminum trifold no way to remove it without opening the tailgate
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby nealinator » Mar 25 2020, 6:08pm

There is always a way. Someone here may have good info on the model if you provide it to help you open it or do the least amount of damage.
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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby ferraiolo1 » Mar 25 2020, 6:13pm

Only way to remove the outer cover is by hacking it apart.


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Re: 2017 Sierra tailgate won’t open

Postby Bradley21sanders » Mar 25 2020, 6:19pm

I cant imagine a company actually made it thief proof, surely with a lot of time and patience you could get the cover up.

Could be wrong though
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