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Tailgate issues

Zapper64

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With me having a 07 avalanche of course it has remote lock on the tailgate. Today my tailgate will not open. Help. Not sure where to start.
 

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Do you hear anything in the tailgate when you hit the remote? Is it trying to unlock but seems jammed? Or are you getting nothing when you hit the remote? Did this happen all at once or has it been sticking or acting up before the main issue?
Answering those questions will help decide if you have a bad remote or electrical issue or possibly a mechanical issue with the tailgate linkage.
If mechanical you may have to open midgate and crawl in bed to open access panel on inside of tailgate and fix linkage.
 

Zapper64

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All at once. Remote not worked for awhile but door switch always works. A friend said he could hear actuator working when I hit the switch. I see the red side of the linkage looks hooked up. It like the passenger side isn’t releasing. Idk
 

BainMan

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Jiggle (or hit with your palm) the passenger side of tailgate while a friend presses the unlock button on the door switch? Might work once, but that's enough to make it easier to work on.
 

Zapper64

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Update……. Tailgate open. Have to raise the handle and push on the passenger side of the tailgate and it will open. Not sure why this is happening. Any suggestions would help. Thanks.
 

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Update……. Tailgate open. Have to raise the handle and push on the passenger side of the tailgate and it will open. Not sure why this is happening. Any suggestions would help. Thanks.
I would first try lubricating everything related, latch and pin. I would also make sure that the cable is not getting "in the way" of things or something else in the hinge area or another area on the right side causing pressure where it shouldn't. If none of that is the problem then I would
try adjusting the pin that the latch latches too, on the passenger side. On the 2002-2006 they have movement room. Not sure about newer models. Loosen and probably move outward a hair or two.
 
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