Programmable tailgate lock

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by Tutut, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Tutut

    Tutut New Member

    The Silverado LS I just bought didn't come with a tailgate lock, so I'm having the dealership put one on. They tell me it's programmable to match the ignition key, but they can't do there at the dealership. Is it something that is fairly easy to do? Or do I have to take it to a lock smith?
  2. smainsw

    smainsw Rockstar

    I'm not sure about your truck but my 05 didn't have the option of getting a tailgate lock, however GM does make one, and I picked up two at my local dealer. The first one worked great, worth every penny, last time on vacation someone tried to break into the box of my truck, the locked was screwed up couldn't even get the key in it, but the contents were secure. Anyways I would think that you would have to bring it to a locksmith and see if they can do it, as you put a key in any lock it depresses the pins inside the lock just the right amount then allowing you to turn the cylinder to unlock or lock the lock. If you want it to be keyed like your ignition the proper pins would have to be put into the lock.
  3. JMoney02

    JMoney02 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Locksmith, not difficult for them but something you/we can't do as you/we don't have the pins/tumbler keys that they have and they need to remove the face and replace the tumbler keys. Its something
    dealers used to do, not sure why now. You probably don't have the key number from the ignition
    key as it comes when purchased new so they can match that number to the new lock, so the locksmith
    will need to check the key itself and then work from there.

  4. adidasboy918

    adidasboy918 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    It's not hard to do yourself. My truck didn't come with a locking tailgate, so I bought the locking componites did it myself. very simple actually. it takes maybe 20 mins to do.
  5. tlperry68

    tlperry68 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Did you just guess your way through it or did you already have an idea of how to do it?
  6. adidasboy918

    adidasboy918 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    was my first time doing it. i followed the directions and went quick. the one i installed is a gm locking system that you can get from the dealer. my dad put one on his 02 dodge but his is an aftermarket one.
  7. smainsw

    smainsw Rockstar

    I actually stumbled upon something today if your looking for something that is a little more slick and have some do it yourself know how you might want to check it out. This tailgate lock locks and unlocks using your signal to lock and unlock your doors.

    Mind you I haven't tried this myself I have the GM Accessories tailgate lock on my truck and it works great, but if you are trying to avoid having another key, this might be an idea for you.

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