Indicators of a Faulty Dodge Ram 2500 Tailgate Handle
For any pickup truck, security of the bed is very important. You load important luggage into your bed and trust your tailgate to keep it secured while you are driving. Your tailgate handle helps by locking and unlocking your tailgate to make sure easy access on your belongings loaded to the bed. However, your tailgate handle is prone to wearing over time. So before things get worse, you should know when your Dodge Ram 2500 tailgate handle is beginning to go bad.
A common issue with your tailgate handle is when it becomes difficult to open. This is caused by the tension inside the latch mechanism of the tailgate. A common solution to the problem is by pushing the handle upward against the tailgate while you are lifting it. If you want a better fix, you may check the latch mechanism and lubricate it to release any tension. Cutting one of the latch rods would also be a better option for fixing the problem.
Tailgate does not open
If the tailgate does not open at all despite lifting your tailgate handle really hard, you might be having an issue with your latch mechanism which is found inside your tailgate handle. With this, you need to remove the handle cover and check the latch mechanism for worn internal links. The link that usually wears out is the attachment that connects the latch to your tailgate handle.
When you are hearing a grinding noise while lifting your Dodge Ram 2500 tailgate handle, the actual handle mechanism is corroded or dirty. The grinding noise is produced when there is increased friction among the handle components. What you can do is open the handle and check for dirt or dust buildup. Once you see one, remove it immediately. You may also apply lubricating oil to ensure smooth connections among the links.
Loose tailgate handle
One of these days, you might notice that your tailgate handle is becoming loose. This is a problem with easy explanation and fix. One of the retaining clips that hold the handle in place may be broken. Unfortunately, the clip is too small to be glued back into the tailgate handle, so this problem can only be fixed through replacement.