On the other side of the tail gate there will be 4 screws on a plate. Remove it, and that will be the back side of the handle. It will be held in with 2 bolts and will have a rode that hooks to it that opens that gate. It is a very easy change out.
2006 chevy colorado extended cab LS z85
4:10 gears g 80 locker
5 spd standard
31x10.5x15 Firestone Destination mt
Dezee tool box
spray in bed liner
Theres is a write up with photos either here or at the nation, but it is pretty simple , may not be cheap but it is easy....
Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on. [Job 21:3]
2006 3.5L, Crew Cab, Z71, Dark Metallic Red
Gift from wife Christmas 2007 (21000 miles)
100,000 miles on 01/28/13
110,000 miles on 10/22/13
120.000 miles on 07/08/14
130,000 miles on 03/19/15
140,000 miles on 11/19/15
Auto parts warehouse seems kinda high. I want to say I 've seen them for about 30 bucks or so. But for the life of me, I don't remember where. Sucks getting old. lol
"05 Victory Red Z71 Crew Cab
Line X spray in bed liner
15% front side window tint
custom hard Tonneau cover
Westin Nerf bars
Alpine 6 disk changer
Custom dash extension - CD changer control, 5 12v aux ports, light switches
Rear low, mounted work light
1.5" TB crank - To level the truck
MORE TO COME...
Just wanted to share my experience, after almost 6 years my tailgate handle broke, it's been a bit sketchy for awhile but it finally snapped. I bought the part online at canadapartsonline.com for $57 including shipping. The part came in two weeks, and it was an easy change out, very simple.
Stealership was going to charge me $131 just for the part
At the same time I decided to replace my driver side Headlight bulb as well, turns out that was harder than replacing the tailgate handle, I still don't have the bulb in, but learned a bit from this forum, hope all goes well.
Have a Good One!
I'm new on this forum but the tail gate handle braking has happened twice on mine.
Yes, it's easy to replace... Yes, they are not cheap to purchase. The one thing I've noticed that has made my second one last & function real well is a simple step to take.
The harder the handle has to work the less time it holds up. I give the works (behind the cover plate) a good dose of lubricant but even more important I shoot WD-40 in along the 'catches' on each side of the tailgate. It's real obvious the difference in resistance after the WD-40 has been applied. The handle opens the latches so much easier thus there's not anywhere near the load on the cheap plastic parts of the handle. I know I'm not discovering anything amazing but when I overlooked the regular dose of WD-40 the stress on the handle is very noticable (now I'm aware of the difference) Just FYI