What to know about the Tailgate Locking Assembly:
A tonneau cover can be fixed to cover your possessions in the truck bed, and a tailgate locking assembly can be used to lock the tailgate closed. Manufacturers may use a manual key-operated lock, power locking tailgate, or no locking device at all. When a tailgate lock is in place, there are mechanical mechanisms that firmly latch the tailgate handle. When the tailgate locking assembly is defective, the tailgate lock cylinder with either not turns, or will turn without altering the lock position. If a power tailgate locking assembly is defective, pressing the lock or unlock function will not change the lock position either.
Facts to Note:
The tailgate locking assembly can be mechanically operated with a key, opened by pushing a button on the car’s inside, or accessed remotely by an incorporated electronic actuator.
How to Fix:
The tailgate is lifted and inside cover is removed for access
The faulty tailgate locking assembly is removed
The new tailgate locking assembly is fixed
The tailgate inside cover is reinstalled
The rear tailgate is opened and closed to check locking assembly operation
Mechanical or key-operated tailgate locks can and should be greased every service interval to avoid corrosion and seizing. The lock should last the lifetime of your vehicle if correctly lubricated and cleaned. If your tailgate locking assembly is not working as it should, have one of your expert mechanics examine and repair it.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Tailgate Locking Assembly:
Tailgate lock cylinder will not turn
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Tailgate lock does not latch in place when the cylinder is locked
Power lock control for the tailgate makes a buzzing sound but doesn’t lock (or unlock) the latch
Importance of this service:
As it is not a critical part to your vehicle’s operation, the tailgate locking assembly does not have to be mended until you are prepared to do it. The contents of your truck box will not be secured until it is fixed.