Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tailgate Locking Assembly

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Tailgate Locking Assembly

Common signs include the power lock not working, tailgate lock not latching, and tailgate lock cylinder not turning. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Tailgate Lock Assembly Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Kia Optima $159 $88.78 $70.00 19% $196.28
2014 Ram C/V $159 $88.78 $70.00 19% $196.28
2012 Ford Flex $159 $88.78 $70.00 19% $196.28
2007 Mercedes-Benz R350 $194 $88.78 $105.00 22% $250.03
2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT $159 $88.78 $70.00 19% $196.28
2012 Porsche Cayenne $159 $88.78 $70.00 19% $196.28
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Tailgate Locking Assembly?

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If you own a truck and want to be sure that the contents you store in the truck bed remain safe, one option is to purchase a tonneau cover. From there, you can make use of a tailgate locking assembly in order to lock it up tight, and ensure your contents stay secure. Your cover, which may also be called a truck bed cover, can be a hard or a soft top, as the tailgate locking assembly will work with both.

The locking assembly has a number of mechanical parts which work together to latch to your truck's tailgate handle. There is a cylinder that you place your key in, and turn it to either lock or unlock the mechanism. Sometimes this assembly starts to fail or stop working, which means you won't be able to lock up your possessions, or you may not be able to get it open. You may not want to attempt to replace the tailgate locking assembly on your own, as it can be difficult. Instead you can have a mechanic take a look and replace the tailgate locking assembly for you.

Here are a few common symptoms of a bad or failing tailgate locking assembly that you can be on the watch for:

1. Power lock doesn't work

If you have a power-operated tailgate locking system, then you should be able to push a button to lock/unlock it. If you push the button and nothing happens, it could be that the locking assembly isn’t working properly. Be sure the batteries in your remote are working before assuming it’s the locking assembly.

2. Tailgate lock doesn't latch

If you're able to "lock" the cylinder yet it doesn't latch, then there is likely an issue with the assembly. There's a good chance you'll need to replace it.

3. Tailgate lock cylinder won't turn

It may be that you place your key in the cylinder and you aren’t able to turn it so you can unlock/lock it. This is another sign that the tailgate locking assembly may need replacing.

Maintaining the Locking Assembly

It is recommended that in order to ensure your tailgate locking assembly stays in good working order, you clean and lubricate at the suggested service interval.

The tailgate locking assembly on your truck gives you a way to lock up your belongings, and ensure they stay safe at all times. Unfortunately, the locking assembly can start to fail over time, which does require replacement.

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