3 Common Problems Associated with the Ford F-350 Tailgate Cap
Tailgate caps ensure that the tailgate is well protected from damage. That is why it is important to address issues you may be having with it. Be sure to diagnose the problem immediately and provide the appropriate fix to the tailgate cap, so you can be sure that your tailgate will be safe and sound. The following are some problems you may experience with your Ford F-350 tailgate cap:
Fit isn't tight
If you've just installed a new tailgate cap and it doesn't seem to fit just right, you should look into a number of issues first. Check out the bolts or the fasteners connecting the cap to the tailgate; make sure that they are secure and are holding the tailgate cap tight. If the bolts and fasteners don't seem to secure themselves correctly, consider replacing them with new ones. If the truck bed is equipped with a tonneau or a truck cover, see that they don't interfere with the newly installed tailgate cap.
Tailgate cap popped out
This may have arisen because of issues with the securing bolts and fasteners. If they're still on the tailgate, insect the tailgate cap for damage. The damage may have been extensive enough that securing it is almost impossible. The bolts and fasteners may have also become loose and have fallen off the tailgate, allowing the tailgate cap to fall off. Replace the damaged components and reinstall the cap. For bolts and fasteners made of plastic or other weak materials, they may have become damaged and unable to hold the tailgate cap in place. As previously mentioned, replace the components, but this time, get ones that are made of better materials.
Light to moderate damage are usually normal for tailgate caps, considering the nature of their jobs. Be thankful that the caps are the ones being damaged and not the tailgate itself. If your tailgate cap is relatively new and the damage seems to be too extensive, you may be loading your truck the wrong way. If the damage is too severe, to the point of exposing the tailgate to potential damage and corrosion, have the tailgate cap replaced immediately.