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Plastic Tailgate Cover Screws

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BrotherBudro, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Nov 1, 2017 at 9:06 AM
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    BrotherBudro

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    I removed my plastic tailgate cover to add this tailgate gap cover and because I thought all the screws were the same, I didn't pay attention to which ones came from which holes. Now I've got a handful of screws that don't go all the way in, they just spin and spin. All of the smaller ones go in fine, it's the larger ones that are the problem. Below are some pics of both.

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    Can anyone direct me to where each size goes? Or maybe I'm doing something else wrong?

    Thanks
     
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    The longer ones go at the top of the tailgate where the top cover and flat panel overlap. Small ones go everywhere else around the flat panel
     
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    Ha ha, I made the same mistake but figured it out.. However, all of the top ones feel like the threads are stripped. The smaller ones tightened up fine but the larger ones feel as if they are just spinning using just two fingers on the screw driver. Does anyone know if they are designed to do that or confirm they are that easy to strip?
     
  5. Oct 28, 2018 at 4:35 AM
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    It’s probably the small white plastic thing in the gate itself where the screw threads in . I just took my gate apart to paint and put a Mobtown cap on . Couple of the big screws do not get “snug” .
     
  6. Oct 30, 2018 at 10:28 PM
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    I'm sure you are right. Any thoughts about how to reinforce the plastic threats? I was thinking about putting silicone in the holes and let it dry a little.
     
  7. Oct 31, 2018 at 4:55 AM
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    90189-06010 is the number for the plastic grommets that all of the screws go into. They just snap in. Order some or get them at your dealership.
     
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  8. Oct 31, 2018 at 5:03 AM
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    That might work but this too ^^^
     
  9. Oct 31, 2018 at 5:43 AM
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    Cool, thank you. Only a couple bucks for 20 on ebay works for me. I'll still probaby try to reinforce them as the new ones will probably strip just as easy.
     
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    Place a small zip-tie in the hole and start threading the screw. Once it is started well, cut off the excess zip-tie.
    This is similar to the other fix-it methods... match stick for wood, steel or copper wool for metal.
     

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