So as I was coming back from lunch today with fellow co-workers riding comfortably in my AV and as we were coming up to speed on the on-ramp, a REALLY LOUD, DEEP THUNK was coming from my new rig! Three loud bangs in rapid sucession. At first I thought it was the transmission, but quickly realized that it was the tailgate.
I guess I didn't slam the tailgate hard enough and it came crashing down.
I pulled over immediately and got out and closed it. (Since my cover bag was in there- didn't want it to fly out.)
Had me worried for a sec- but was quickly relieved. I hope the tailgate doesn't suffer any ill-effects. I'm sure this sort of thing is designed for.
Has anyone else had that happen to them? Its a first for me on any truck I've driven.
Happened to me 3 times in the last year of owning my AV. First time it happened it scared the ____ out of me, I couldn't figure out what it was until I pulled into the dealer, that was where I was headed, and one of the sales guys said why are you riding with the tail gate open?
Duh I said that was the noise I heard. I then slammed it shut and it didn't close with the first try. On the second try it finally shut.
The second time it fell open while I was going over railroad tracks, scared the _____ out of me again, its such a loud thud makes one think you ran over a barrel or something. I got to work and saw that it was open and was furious, I called the dealer and their explanation was that since I am a woman
I probably didn't close it hard enough to lock it into place. Whatever...
The third time it fell open was about 2 weeks ago, I was on my way back to work from my lunch break and thud there it went again and it again scared the ____ out of me! I didn't think anything of it, I again thought I ran over something and must have bounced up and hit the undercarriage of my AV, well I made a right turn and low and behold San Antonio Police car with lights on. I pull to the right and figure he is going to pass me up, since I was obeying the law
and he then pulls over behind my AV
He is walking up to me while checking out my AV . He gets to my window and says, "ma'am were you aware that your tail gate is open?" I said no I wasn't, he offered to close it for me, I told him to slam it shut very hard, he did so but the damn thing didn't close
by the third close the gate finally stayed closed.
When I got back to my office and called my service techninian at my dealer and told him of the problem and that I wanted it corrected. He says there is a "bulletin" out on this problem but since it does not affect the mechanical part of the vehicle GM won't do a recall. That is BS I say, just fix the damn thing.
Well 45 minutes later, "with some minor adjustments to the latches" my AV was brought out to me and I immediately opened the tailgate to see for myself and the problem was corrected
I didn't have to slam the thing shut just a sturdy close and it stayed put. I purposely went over the same set of rail road tracks and went down the same streets as before when the gate fell and
the tailgate stayed closed.