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Damn tailgate wouldn't open...and then...
« on: November 29, 2019, 13:59:59 PM »

Good day fellow Avy fans  :cool:
This morning, when I arrived at work, I tried to unlock my tailgate...but it simply would not open, after much fighting and finagling  :E:
Said pee on it, will mess with it when I get home.
Pulled back into the parking lot at the end of the day with my mail van...and this is what I see...lol



I dunno. I'm thinking maybe the tailgate got frozen shut. One thing's for sure - you gotta slam that sucker good to make it close - bet you I adjusted those strikers too tight a couple of summers ago when I was chasing a rattle, lol.
Anyhow, one of the more bizarre occurrences with my Avalanche.

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Re: Damn tailgate wouldn't open...and then...
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2019, 18:29:24 PM »

Yeah, I have found super cold or icy weather is not conducive to opening the tailgate.  I've resorted to lowerring the mortgage and kicking at the tailgate before. 
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Re: Damn tailgate wouldn't open...and then...
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2019, 09:23:30 AM »

  I've resorted to lowerring the mortgage and kicking at the tailgate before.
Huh my house is paid for so I guess my chances of that problem will be less?  :laugh:
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Re: Damn tailgate wouldn't open...and then...
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2019, 11:19:54 AM »

Huh my house is paid for so I guess my chances of that problem will be less?  :laugh:
Wish it was that easy.  Gotta love auto correct.  :beating:  Guess it didn't like midgate.
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Re: Damn tailgate wouldn't open...and then...
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2019, 11:59:32 AM »

Wish it was that easy.  Gotta love auto correct.  :beating:  Guess it didn't like midgate.

Haha!! When I first saw your post, I was like "Huh?"  ;D
Today, I readjusted the strikers, and I have the tailgate working smoothly. Had to take the handle cover off so I could get in there with white lithium grease and lube up the mechanism. Works perfect now.
That being said, I noticed that the black plastic that surrounds the metal post of the striker is all chewed up.
Are they replaceable? Or do you have to buy the whole striker?

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EDIT: Never mind, just noticed that RockAuto sells them, they are not that expensive!!  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: November 30, 2019, 12:05:54 PM by CarMech1969 »
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Re: Damn tailgate wouldn't open...and then...
« Reply #5 on: December 4, 2019, 22:20:34 PM »

Also, the next time you unscrew that plastic key panel for inspection, make sure and use some good lube on the key latch mechanism.  They can seize after many years.   A little bit of quality oil lube goes a long way  (I used some bicycle chain lube)
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