Q: Tailgate handle not working properly

asked by on

The handle I recently had replaced on my tailgate is malfunctioning again. It worked a few times after installation. I can hear the lock electronically disengage, though it does not do so physically.

A: The lock actuator is one part to locking sy...

The lock actuator is one part to locking system. There is also the latch and the rods or cables that connect the electronic lock actuator to the latch. The rods/cables are locked in place by small plastic clips. If these clips break, which happens often, the electronic actuator will work, but it will not be attached to anything. That might be why you hear it working but nothing is happening. The rear panel will need to be removed to physically inspect the clips, rods, cables, and latch. Working in doors and trunk lids can be cramped and uncomfortable. Often times you have to work through small holes on the door with a mirror and light. I suggest seeking professional assistance. The repair may be simple and easy to fix, a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to help you inspect and replace the locking assembly if required.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: 4WD will not engage

First, if there are any other lights on the dash, (such as the VSC, ABS etc.,) the 4WD module may not allow the 4WD to engage. As for the symptoms that could be causing this condition, it could be: ...

Q: How do I remove the tailgate?

A neat feature of the vehicle is the removable tailgate. This feature is really convenient for loading large items into the bed. The tailgate should be open to start out. Lift the tailgate up slightly so that the cable...

Q: My car air conditioner is making a rattling noise when I turn on the fan. I wanted to know what the problem is?

Hi, thanks for writing in. The rattling sound and the fact that you're not receiving cool air indicates a possible problem with the AC condenser fan. If you use your air conditioning when the AC condenser fan is not functioning,...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.