Proper Diagnosis of Your Ford F-250 Tailgate Handle Problems
You've got an important party to attend. You're trying to impress the host, who happens to be a girl from work you really like. You're in charge of bringing a beer keg and some other stuff, and you've got them secured at the back of your F-250. You park your truck and attempt to unload your cargo when you run into a major problem-the tailgate handle is stuck. Being unable to open the tailgate means it will be harder for you to get to the rear of your vehicle. Although a Ford F-250 tailgate handle is a durable component, it can still encounter problems. It's exposed to weather and road elements that could potentially damage it. Listed below are some common problems with the tailgate handle and how you can check what is causing them:
The tailgate handle won't open the tailgate.
If your tailgate handle won't open your tailgate even if you pull at it several times, the guide clip that attaches to the tailgate rod might be broken. This can be an economical and easy fix, as the guide clips come with a replacement bezel and handle kit. These parts are not expensive. You can remove the old bezel by wedging a flathead screwdriver between the bezel and the tailgate. The bezel is attached to the tailgate by tabs. Pry the bezel off and locate the damaged or broken guide clip, and replace it with a new one. A handle that's not opening the tailgate can also mean the latch or rod is broken, so inspect these as well. Although these two are made of metal and are sturdy, they can sometimes break due to exposure to weather elements.
The handle is stuck.
When you notice the handle is not responding at all to your pulling, it's time to check whether the rotating latch behind the handle has locked up due to rust or corrosion. This is unavoidable, as the handle is an exterior component that is exposed to grime, heat, and dirt every day. In extreme cases, the handle itself might break due to the force you put into pulling it when trying to open the tailgate. Remove the bezel and inspect the rotating latch behind the handle for damage. Most of the time, it can be solved with a generous application of WD-40 or penetrating oil.