Reasons for a Busted Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tailgate Handle
It's pretty common for the tailgate handle of a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to be the source of many problems. There have been countless reports of this exterior accessory breaking or failing to work. As a result, people tend to give up on it and usually drive their trucks without a handle to properly open and close the tailgate. As an owner of a Silverado, it's important to know why these fail in the first place. Having this kind of information helps you avoid this type of problem in the future. The following are some of the reasons for having a busted tailgate handle:
A common problem among truck owners is having a tailgate that won't open no matter how much effort is used to pull on the handle. People usually diagnose this to be a bad handle. While this is true in most instances, sometimes, it may actually be fine. It's possible that the problem really lies on the broken plastic clips at the end of the two door-latch rods. These are supposed to be connected to the handle. No amount of handle replacement will open your tailgate if you fail to spot these cracked clips.
A dislodged tailgate handle is another common problem for the Silverado. When this part of the assembly is loosely installed on the door, it's because one or both plastic tabs connecting the inner face of the bezel to the door-latch rods are broken. This normally happens after a couple of years of use. However, this can occur prematurely if it's constantly exposed to heat and hot weather long enough to loosen the plastic tabs.
If you've already replaced the tailgate handle and the plastic clips but you still can't get the assembly to work, it's time to look directly at the door-latch rods. The rods should equally extend from both sides to function properly with the handle. An uneven one can be returned to its place by pushing it inwards. If this doesn't solve the problem, it might be permanently stuck that way. This usually happens if something hits the tailgate-like a solid surface when you're going in reverse, or an unsecured load.