Simple Troubleshooting Tips for your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tailgate
Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500's tailgate is built tough to keep your cargo safe and secured. It serves as the entry point for your luggage and even passengers, so expect that it will wear out sooner or later. Applying too much force when opening or closing the tailgate makes it even more susceptible to damage. Its components, such as the latch and hinges, are also at risk of premature wear. So if your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tailgate suddenly gets stuck and you don't know what to do, follow these simple troubleshooting tips to solve your problems:
Tailgate won't close
You've just loaded your cargo on your truck bed and you're ready to roll, except that your tailgate won't close. When this happens, don't slam the tailgate or even unload your cargo. An easy fix could be done by simply cleaning the latch. You can just check if there is any dirt buildup on the latch that makes it hard to close. If there is, you can clean it using a WD-40 water-displacing spray. This is only a temporary fix; you may have to replace your latch if you notice signs of premature wear and corrosion.
Tailgate won't open
You're ready to load your stuff into your truck bed, but the tailgate won't open. If you have a plastic tailgate handle, this problem could be due to extreme heat. You can spray cold water on the handle and try to open the latch again. But if you have a steel tailgate handle, a quick fix could be done by removing the nuts in the striker plate using a socket wrench. It is located underneath your truck between the bumper and the gas tank. Once you've removed its nuts, the tailgate should swing open. Just reinstall the striker afterwards.
Since your tailgate is made of steel, it is indeed prone to corrosion. Inspect it for any rust spot on the truck bed or on the hinges to know if corrosion is starting to eat it up. You need to replace a rusty tailgate immediately, or else, compromise the security of your cargo with a weaker barrier.