What to Do with a Busted Ford F-250 Super Duty Tailgate Handle
A pickup truck is your best friend when you need maximum lugging power. The truck's no-fuss quality appeals to people who want to get the job done. You can easily pile and unload your stuff on the cargo bed through the tailgate. Unfortunately, truck tailgate parts often break down due to frequent use. Your Ford F-250 Super Duty tailgate, for instance, is not impervious to wearing out. Without the tailgate handle, accessing the cargo bed would be difficult. Here are some of the things that render your truck's tailgate handle useless:
Tailgate handle is loose
If your tailgate handle is stuck in the open position, it's likely that one of the metal rods that connect the handle to the lock mechanism is not working properly. You might need to replace the rods to fix the tailgate handle.
Tailgate handle is broken
Plastic tailgate handles are flimsy, so they break down rather easily. However, even metal tailgate handles will crack when too much force is used in handling it. Once the handle is broken, opening the tailgate will be a big problem. The only way to go is to replace the broken handle with a new one-a job that you can easily do by yourself. To replace the handle, you need to remove first the metal access panel from the tailgate. This will unravel the tailgate handle screws and latch rods, which you need to take out as well. Make sure to reinstall all the other parts (screws and clips included) once the new handle is in place.
Locking mechanism on handle clicks but won't open
Sometimes, tailgate handles become stuck during cold weather. Lubricants, such as the WD-40, usually help in the smooth operation of tailgate handle components. If greasing the tailgate handle doesn't help, check if there's anything stuck inside the tailgate mechanism. You need to take out the access panel to see what's going on inside. If the cables that run from the handle to the lock have become loose, simply reattach them and check if the handle will open.