I had a my bed sprayed and those numb nuts broke one of the bolts on the right side tailgate striker and lost something from my tailgate hinges. Here is a pic of another 04 taco hinge. Is the piece with the arrow pointing to it just a washer? Mine had nothing there and they cranked the bolts down so tight the tailgate would hardly move. I put a plastic washer on each side and now it moves easily, but I am curious. I even asked the stealer and they don't show anything on their exploded views
Also, with the tailgate at a 45 degree angle if I pull/push up and down on the tailgate, there seems to be a good bit of play. That made me wonder if that was a shouldered washer??? to help center the hinge on the bolt. Or my hinge may just be worn.
So is that just a washer?
Thanks for any help.