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lock latch broken cant open tailgate 2005 chevy avalanche

Customer Question

lock latch broken cant open tailgate 2005 chevy avalanche remedy buy new or fix?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 5 years ago.
hi
most times it is the latch handle that will break and need to be replaced...
though if you need it to work now,,you could remove the handle and pull the rod with a pair of pliers to open it
thanks
2005 Chevy Truck Avalanche 1500 4WD V8-5.3L VIN T
Tailgate Release Handle Service and Repair, Removal and Replacement: End Gate Latch Handle Bezel





Removal and Installation

1. Remove end gate bezel bolts.
2. Remove plastic tree retainers.
3. Remove pick up box end gate latch handle bezel.
4. With the end gate in the closed position, firmly press at the bottom of the bezel in order to engage the two lower plastic tree retainers.
5. Open the end gate and support the top of the bezel.
6. Position and finger tighten the two upper bolts.

Tighten to 10 N.m (89 lb in.)

7. Close the end gate.
2005 Chevy Truck Avalanche 1500 4WD V8-5.3L VIN T
Tailgate Release Handle Service and Repair, Removal and Replacement: Handle Replacement - Endgate (Avalanche)


Handle Replacement - Endgate (Avalanche)

Removal Procedure

1. Remove the endgate handle bezel.
2. Release the endgate handle linkage rod retainers. Refer to Endgate Adjustment.


3. Remove the 3 bolts (1) that retain the handle to the endgate.
4. Remove the endgate spoiler.
5. Remove the handle.

Installation Procedure

1. Set the handle in position in the endgate.




Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

2. Install the 3 bolts (1) that retain the handle to the endgate.

Tighten the bolts to 25 N.m(18 lb ft).

3. Install the endgate spoiler.
4. Reattach the handle linkage rods and adjust the endgate latch
5. Reattach the endgate handle bezel.


2005 Chevy Truck Avalanche 1500 4WD V8-5.3L VIN T
Tailgate Latch Service and Repair, Removal and Replacement: Latch Replacement - Endgate


Latch Replacement - Endgate

Removal Procedure

1. Lower the endgate.


2. Loosen the handle bolts.
3. Raise the endgate.


4. Remove the handle bezel by prying gently on the upper retainer tabs.


5. Disengage the linkage rods (1).


6. Lower and support the endgate.
7. Remove the cables from the side panel cable retainer bolts.


8. Remove the bolt holding the latch assembly.


9. Disengage the linkage rod from the latch assembly.
10. Remove the latch assembly from the endgate.

Installation Procedure


1. Engage the linkage rod to the latch assembly.
2. Install the latch assembly to the vehicle.




Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

3. Install the latch assembly bolts.

Tighten the bolts to 25 N.m (18 lb ft).


4. Connect the cables on each side of the endgate to the side panel cable retainer bolts.


5. Engage the linkage rods (1).
6. Raise the endgate.


7. Install the endgate handle bezel. Pressing into place until fully seated.


8. Tighten the handle bolts.

Tighten the bolts to 25 N.m (18 lb ft).

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