Does anyone else have problems or had problems with tailgates from high usage?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by soloscaperman, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    I'm going to look at it again but for the last two 2 years I keep on having problems opening or closing my tail gate. There are times it does lock in and I will be driving and it will pop open on a slight bump or going over speed bumps. My friend looked at it when I was at his house and said something was rusted when he popped open the latch cover you know that plastic piece over the handle to see it. Should I just buy a used tailgate for my 1994 Chevy K1500 and have him repaint it? I mean it has a few dents and scratches from snow plowing.

    The problem know is it wont even open since the right side of the tailgate locked in all the way!
  2. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    all the parts are available to repair your tailgate ,take it apart ,then lube or replace as you need .I have a few of that style truck ,I dont run the handles anymore [I could ,just dont bother ] ,I just left the rods unnatached to the handle ,and squeeze the rods together when I need to open the gate and dont have any tailgate issues anymore ..
  3. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    As said, take it apart and fix it.
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  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Mine was also opening when I hit a bump. I took the handle off and replaced it. Problem solved!! When the handle rusts , it will not function properly.
  5. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Chevy's are known for this.....on my 04, I have the same problem. I haven't fix it yet but I have "fixed" it enough so the damn thing stays closed at least. Once this crappy weather stops I'm planning to tear it apart and remove the rust and grease it up well so it works like it should. I did what the other guy said and just took the two rods off of the handle, so now when I need to open the gate I squeeze the two rods together instead of using the handle.
  6. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    I like to spray WD40 in the hinge points/ moving parts to hopefully prevent rust.

    There is already some truck is an 2004. Tailgates take alot of abuse

    especially in winter with so much road salt back there.
  7. greydog4u2

    greydog4u2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I prefer PB blaster.
  8. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    Im going to try Fluid Film also, so many guys swear by it. Its just not around as

    much as the other products like PB Blaster & WD40.
  9. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    The same thing happened with my 99. You need to change the handle. It wears in a way that lubrication won't fix the problem and I doubt there is anything wrong with the rods. You can get an aftermarket handle from most autowreckers.
  10. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    The left and right rods are good but if you look up in there it is rusted and shot. For now I will just pop open the plastic frame and open the left and right rod together to open the gate. Next week I will buy a new handle since I have a couple jobs lined up. I have learned (late) to just remove the whole tail gate when snow plowing. You get to see better when reversing and it's easier to shovel up the sand&salt.

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