06 tail gate wont open??

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by 5speedsilverado, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. 5speedsilverado

    5speedsilverado Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    i was picking up some walking stones for my yard the tail gate opened fine when i was loading my truck, but when i went to unload the handle moved, but the tailgate didn't pop open. i haven't got a chance to look at it, does anyone have any clues what would cause this??
  2. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    06 tail gate wont open

    I beleve theres a plastic piece on a rod that breaks off.
  3. silverlight

    silverlight New Member

    Yep, plastic piece was my problem. I took off the handle and saw the rod not attached.
  4. cascott325

    cascott325 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    it is a dealer part only, they are like $5 for the pair. i lucked out and showed up at the dealer at the right time. he had just given a customer on side which happened to be the opposite of the one i needed, and got it for free
  5. 5speedsilverado

    5speedsilverado Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    yeah it was a clip, i went searching through my dads garage and found some metal ones that looked like it, and they work so hopefully they wont brake, i replaced both of them with the metal clips
  6. vegaschevy

    vegaschevy New Member

    Been there done that..always at the most inoppurtune time too. When I went to buy some for mine the gal at the counter said I should buy a dozen. You think they would make them out of metal like on my old 84 chevy. At least the replacement ones anyhow. Bummer was breaking the titts off the cosmetic cover for the tailgate handle when accessing them. Have been without that since.
  7. High Voltage

    High Voltage New Member

    Do these just break without warning? Mine has been more difficult to open lately and I'm thinking its about to quit soon.
  8. 5speedsilverado

    5speedsilverado Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    yeah, mine was working as always, then i went to open it, and it wouldn't "pop" maybe yours needs greased??:neutral:
  9. ippielb

    ippielb Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    White Lithium Grease, cheap for a little tube of it. I used it once on my old f-150(i know im sorry) and i never had any problems with the tailgate not locking ever again, or unlocking.

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