Chevy Silverado Tailgate Latch Repair




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LMSTactical: When mine broke I have no idea what I was doing I'm glad I found you video thank you sir

James Fenton: The best part is how to avoid getting the cover broken during removal. I repair lots of doors and windows, and access is the problem that you helped solve. I note that all plastic parts are So fragile, it seems to be designed in obsolescence. Thanks for the info for access. Welcome to the club, I am as disappointed as you are regarding the plastic parts, you would figure the old metal clips would still be used, however, they make more money selling these "cheesy" parts than real durable stuff. Also if the vehicle has been outdoors or at high altitude for long the plastic gets brittle due to UV exposure.

Shawn Schaefer: It work for me... thank you ?

Steven Wright: Thanks for the video, really helped a lot. I was able to loosen the 3 bolts on the inside of the tailgate and do the repair using an alternator tool without removing the plastic guard. saved some time and the possibility of breaking the clips. Thanks again!

Keith Murphy: Thanks, I hope that you are not a dirty nasty scum pumping leg. My truck tailgate is still broke but I can act and think maybe can explain what I no nothing about, THX Murph

allisonians: Thank you so much LMS!!!! I have an old 99 Silverado. I broke the outer casing too! Only my truck has lived outside and the plastic is brittle(RRRrrr)... Anyway. My tailgate will be working in a sec. Funny thing making the calls to parts stores and such, I bought the part for the bars for $8 at the dealer. The parts store had the outer part for $8, the 'Chevy Dealership' had it for $45. After market vs. dealer price. It would be so funny to have a Shiny new part around a oxidized old handle and upper/lower fender piece. Bahahaha! Anyway, just wanted to say thanks! I couldn't have fixed it myself elsewise! :D Grateful PNWesterner! :D

James Fenton: There is no way to get that part off if the temperature is below 50f, let it sit in the Sunshine or put the truck in the garage. Mine was the right hand side as well, seems the right side is somehow weaker. My customer was understanding, but I had to install velcro strips and screw's, one on each side, to "Finish" this job. It is designed in obsolescence in my opinion.

Bo Bohannon: Thanks for the video. im having to replace mine also. now i know what to do. good job

Lou Flores: I have a 06 Silverado and have replaced them twice since 05 when I purchased the pick up.

John Zelko: Thanks for video.....was frustrated till I watched.Fixed mine in a matter of minutes

john hanrahan: I like Chevy. Mine broke just as I was about to load a snowblower for an urgent snow clearing. Cant tell you how pissed I was at this POS design on my "CHEVY TOUGH" truck. Arrrrgggg!... Anybody know of metal parts that will replace the plastic ones? Seems silly to put the same parts back in it and not expect the same result. (Sigh).

james anderson: I have a 2008 Silverado that tailgate latch broke and I was going to take it back to dealer for repair. After viewing your video, I decided to repair it myself. My cover didn't pry off and after viewing another video, found a bolt had to be removed that was attached to cover. It then came off easily. Advance Auto Parts had clip assortment for less than $5.00. Less than 15 minutes work and lot of money saved, it was like new. Thanks for the video.

kueldudepaul: thank you! this was very helpful.

Marlene Reed: Thank you! The thing-a-ma-bob-do-dad cost me $4.38 (for an assortment). My pride... priceless!

Belinda Northrup: Think ou just saved me alot of $$$$$$$THANKS ALOT

Brian Guilfoos: This was the exact problem with my tailgate. Very helpful. (I also had the black cover break; junk!)

Tom Gearhart: Thanks for posting this video. It helped me to repair the tailgate on my 2004 Silverado. I probably saved 1 hours shop time at the dealer. $

Jessie Fernandez: When mine broke I have no idea what I was doing I'm glad I found you video thank you sir

Jim Carlyle: I have 2003 chevy pickup with the same problem. You will not damage the cover if you will ease it with a screw driver, do not try to pry it off you will break it. just make sure its free afterwards with your hands push down on the housing and you will save the plastic tabs that hold it into place. Furthermore, when you install the new piece on the wire to engage the tailgate release. You want to put the plastic piece through the hole before you engage the wire, This will make it so easy to do i found out the hard way.

beach153: Just gettin ready to fix my 2007. Thanks. I'm mechanically inclined, but it helps alot to see what to and not to do. I'm sure I would break the housing insert like you did. Thanks again, much appreciated!

nc1kcfan: You're welcome!

fjr2004: yeah, I have the same problem today and Always to go youtube for help...Thanks for making this video. Its really helpful not only to me but for many chevy owner...... Gracias!!!!!!!!

Bruce Berry: Thanks Man, I needed your schooling, excellent.

PerfectPitchArtists: All four tabs on that black plastic frame you have to pull off BROKE, but instead of replacing it I think I'll just use some clear silicone caulking to put it back on. I used bailing wire to connect the rod to the handle by wrapping it tightly around the rod, sticking the rod into the hold in the handle and then wrapping the remaining bailing wire around that section of the handle. It should look great when all is said and done and won't have cost me a cent, since I had everything lying around.

LMSTactical: Unbelievable.

SILVERADO06SS1: @LMSTactical Turns out 2 of the clips were ALREADY broken before i even took it out the bottom and top left ones.. so it was only holding on to the remaining 2 and those were the ones that broke on me!! ;((

Bill Campbell: Thanks man. It was the same on my '02

XLR8withme62: Thanks for the posting. I'm experiencing the same problem with my 2002 2500HD and your video should be very helpful.

alertos44: Hey great video. Now to fix the latch on my 02 Silverado. crossing my fingers on the plastic besel staying in one piece.

nc1kcfan: You're welcome. And FYI: I bought the replacement plastic clips at Advance Auto parts store near my home. There were several in pack, which were enough to replace either side for only $3.99. They had two different packs to choose from, so make sure to read the labels. By doing so, I also avoided the hassle of dealing with the dealership. The clip was a little hard to get onto the rod at first, but once it snapped it fit like a charm! Take care!

LMSTactical: Not sure of the exact name but call a dealer's parts department and ask for a set of "Tailgate latch clamps" One is green & I think the other is red. Should be described in the beginning of this video. good luck

LMSTactical: Here again I must say... this is why I am such a fan of youtube :) I always am able to find someone who has experienced whatever broken thing or malfunctioning piece of equipment that I am dealing with. I am very happy to have actually been able to contribute in this little way. Thank you for sharing and I wish you all that is good. Stay safe.

LMSTactical: My Pleasure brother. Im Happy that it was a help. have a great and safe 4th!

lmcatman: ...my 2000- Silverado tailgate wouldn't open yesterday...saw your video this morning....a few minutes, a trip to the Chevy dealer, $6.36...fixed - thanks!!! ......and, didn't break the tabs on the cover (learned from your mistake!!)...thanks again...

Ron Bigbie: Thanks for the insight Airborne. fixed my tailgate in no time.

LMSTactical: Awesome info!! Thank you very much and stay safe. :)

Billy bob: thanks for the tip on replacing the retainer clips on gm tailgates.

LMSTactical: @darizob Awwww man..... I agree with you about them giving shot lives to expensive little parts. $42.00 for a piece of plastic that cost 4 cents to make? Wow!! Like you... I no longer buy anything without first checking ebay. I am very happy that the video helped you out and thanks for posting about it. Stay safe! :)

LMSTactical: Awesome!!!! This makes me happy and thank you for letting me know. Thanks and stay safe!

LMSTactical: @MBJB07 Sorry. I will happily take donations for a new camera. P.M. me for my paypal information.

Bruce Banner: my truck (chevy) wont even lock, i had to slam it in acouple times in the past for it to latch but now it wont even latch, any advice?

LMSTactical: Outstanding!!!! It makes me happy to hear that it saved you hassle and more importantly money. Thanks for sharing the success and stay safe.

LMSTactical: I hope when you get inside and see how the latches operate, you will be able to resolve the issue. Best of luck. Thanks for watching.

MBJB07: This would be a very helpful video if it was in focus.

LMSTactical: Well it is good to know that the repair is pretty much the same on multiple years and vehicle models. Thank you for the intel on parts and prices. I know it will help others. Stay safe!

PAULAWOL41: Exact same one broke on my Silverado also. I removed the bolts on the back first. Thanks for the information,, very helpful.

LMSTactical: Great info!!! Thank you for sharing that here. They are a cheap spare part to keep on hand, as this break seems to be a common occurrence.

anchito27: your struggles just saved me all those struggles. thanks for showing us the tecnique. i borrowed my cousin's 06 silverado the other day. i loaded a small snow blower in the back and it open and shut just fine. when i got to salt lake to trade a guy my little snow blower and some cash for his big snow machine, the latch wouldn't open and thar same green plastic piece broke.

viavictusasmadi: Thanks for the video, it really helped. The green plastic piece on my 2003 wasn't broken like yours, but for some reason that rod wasn't in the hole. Thanks again. Oh yeah, I broke both bottom plastic pieces on my cover lol.

LMSTactical: Congratulations on the triplets!!!! How awesome is that?! My identical twin boys are now 25 years old and I know you are in for great times no matter what others may say :) I have my "Birds & Bees" talk with them on my channel, you should check it out :) Thank you for the comment & I hope you repair it without too much stress. Best of luck with the new babies:)

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