No more tailgatting?


#1

2001 Blazer. when I push the release button for the tailgate I can hear the normal sound but nothing opens. This is the case with the button on the dash, on the tailgate itself, and on the remote. How can I get the tailgate open so I can work on this problem?


#2

The tailgate operating mechanism is obviously full of barbeque sauce.


#3

It sounds like the operating cable or rod is detached from the latching mechanism. It may be possible to access by removing the inner (upholstered) panel, thereby exposing the mechanism. (Hint: sound system installers usually have the proper tools for this.)


#4

Then, after you remove the panel and find the latch rod lying lose, you go to the parts store and buy a little pack of “door latch rod retainer clips”, little plastic parts that secure the rod(s) to the side latches.