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    Default Tailgate handle no work

    Hi guys,

    I"m sure there is a posting somewhere on here, but I cannot find it. I've searched several different ways...

    Here is the issue - and I know it's a common one. The tailgate handle has stopped working. The handle itself is fine, but the rods that connect to it have come loose. What is the best way to fix this? I've seen many Silverados and Sierras missing the trim plate on the tailgate handle - where I assume they've tried to repair this themselves...

    Any tricks?

    Thanks much - and call me an idiot by forwarding me to where I'm sure this has been asked before...

    '00 Silverado - 4.8 - 161K - total stock - all original except rebuilt tranny at 75K, not sure what was up with that!

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    i used metal carb lincage clips on mine, so it should hold

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    tack weld it or go to the dealership and get the plastic clips that hold it. those clips are like $5, but i lucked out, and they had an extra one laying around, and they just gave it to me
    2000 silverado with a 5.3l v8, shorty headers, upgraded plugs, 10 mil wires, magnaflow high flow cats, flowmaster 80 series muffler(2 in 2 out) w/ 18 inch stainless silverline tips. i have a k&n CIA. its a 4x4 z71 offroad package. Ls model.
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    you can pick up a new bezel for the handle at auto zone or advanced for about $10
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    Thanks guys for all of the tips! I'll try tackling it this weekend...

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    best way is the clips but for some odd reason one costs more than the other lol

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    plastic ty wraps work great...

    I needed a quik fix because my tgate broke and my hunting gear was in the box..

    Still holding

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02silverad0 View Post
    best way is the clips but for some odd reason one costs more than the other lol

    its because they are different colors, isnt that stupid

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    when they gave me mine, they came in pairs, but the other was gone so they gave me the other

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    I put a zip tie around the bar itself, and one around the lever that the bar goes into, and interlocked the zip ties. I just moved, so I opened and closed the tailgate a lot, and so far it has been holding.
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