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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tailgate Handle Broken

Handle broke off the other day. Does anyone have any info on how to change it? Where can I order the part online?
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Re: Tailgate Handle Broken

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.

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Re: Tailgate Handle Broken

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....

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Re: Tailgate Handle Broken

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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....
i just did this last weekend and you are correct... very easy to install but the handle's not cheap

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Expensive? Would this work? http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/detai ... Q3488.html
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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

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i got the real-deal OEM replacement off gmpartsdirect for $50-something.

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Broken Tailgate Handle

Hello,

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.
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You can check some auto parts stores that carry the Dorman line of products and they may have what you need. Check Rock Auto also on-line.
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I have done this too but its been awhile, i cant remember what it cost. I do remember cussing the plastic latch for breaking. why does everything have to be plastic??
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big jump to the key hole ones. and **** there relocate kits, are pricey. **** i sell mine for 45 shipped.

you might try gmpartsforless.com also???

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Tailgate Latch

My brother broke mine in the cold one night opening the tailgate.

I looked around and they were pricey- so I investigated a cheap repair.

A quick disassembly and the main flaw is quickly found- cheap plastic.

I fixed it up with some epoxy and a piece of fiberglass cloth strip laid over the joint and epoxied in for strength.

Take a razor and clean off and grease the flat rub plates while you are in there. Cleaning off the gunk and worn plastic bits from the handle was key.

Its been a year and still holding.

However, when ordering parts for other stuff I found this:

More Information for VARIOUS MFR GM1915118

I bought one and it looks good. Piece of cake to move over your lock tumbler too with just a small socket / screwdriver.

I compared the new handle for fit / finish and threw it on the shelf for when the joint lets go down the road

For 10+ shipping I won't go through the glue process again.

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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
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-15-2011, 09:50 AM
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They have them on EBay. Much cheaper. I paid like 10 bucks brand new and that was with shipping. There are lots of them with different prices. So look around..

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