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Tailgate handle sticking

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by danteisme, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Nov 20, 2011 at 6:29 PM
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    danteisme

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    so now that its getting colder (i noticed this only happens when its cold out) my tail gate handle sticks in the open position. i found this out when i closed my tailgate and the spring inside didn't return my handle to the closed position and it fell back down on me. i took the cover off and sprayed some lubricant on all the pieces that looked like they moved when operating the tailgate. last week when it got cold again, it froze up again. i had to ratchet strap the tailgate shut on my way home from work. once it warmed up, it operated like its supposed to again. whats the next step to fix this problem? (besides not putting my tailgate down again until spring)
     
  2. Nov 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM
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    Johns Taco

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    Dude it's cold up there, you might just have to deal with it.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2011 at 4:47 AM
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    danteisme

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    i dunno, i've never had to deal with an issue like this on any other truck i've owned. there's gotta be a way to make it work like its supposed to.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2011 at 5:46 AM
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    Pugga

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    Lubrication. You might have missed some of the parts before. Also, what are you using for lube? You want something that won't freeze or hold water. Open the tailgate up, hit all the moving parts with parts cleaner (carb cleaner or brake cleaner in a spray can works well, use a tooth brush if things are really gunked up), then hit it with something like PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench. Just cause it's cold does not mean things shouldn't work as intended.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2011 at 5:50 AM
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    I think i used PB blaster the first go around. maybe i'll hit it up with some more blaster and use a brush to make sure all the crap is out of it.
     
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