Identifying the Problem with Your Chevrolet S10 Tailgate Hinge
Without your Chevrolet S10 tailgate hinge, your pickup truck's tailgate will probably be falling down in an instant. However, even though your stock tailgate hinge is built with quality materials, it can still become worn after some time. Here are some of the most common forms of damage that can affect your Chevrolet S10 tailgate hinge:
Cracked or broken tailgate hinge
Over time, constant vibration and repeated opening and closing of your pickup truck's tailgate can put a lot of pressure on your tailgate hinge. Eventually, this huge amount of stress can result in a fractured or broken tailgate hinge. A visual check can quickly tell you if you have a cracked or broken tailgate hinge, but more often than not, drivers only notice this issue when the hinge finally gives out and the tailgate suddenly falls off. If your pickup truck's tailgate is becoming more difficult to open or close than usual, then you better check your tailgate hinge for cracks and replace it as needed.
Loose tailgate hinge
Another common problem that leads to the unexpected falling off of your pickup truck's tailgate is a loose tailgate hinge. If your tailgate feels a bit slack, or if you hear some noise coming from your tailgate when you're going over speed bumps, you might want to see if your tailgate hinge is still properly holding your tailgate up. Tighten any loose screws and bolts if your visual check tells you that all the little components of your tailgate are still in good condition. However, if you notice signs of rust, wear, and other damage, you probably have to replace your tailgate hinge and all the necessary hardware.
Corroded tailgate hinge
Because of its location, your tailgate hinge is constantly exposed to dirt and moisture. Over time, this dirt and moisture buildup can lead to a corroded tailgate hinge. Aside from a tailgate that is much more difficult to open or close, you should also look out for a squeaky noise whenever you're trying to access your tailgate. Again, a quick look at your tailgate hinge can tell you if it has been eaten away by rust. If an antirust compound can't take care of the issue, then you need to get a new tailgate hinge.