Spotting Common GMC Sierra 2500 Tailgate Handle Problems
Your GMC Sierra 2500 tailgate handle provides you with easy access to your pickup bed. However, constant use of this component can eventually lead to the failure of its mechanical parts. If your tailgate handle has been giving you some trouble lately, it's probably time for you to do some repairs. Here are some problems that you might encounter with your tailgate handle:
Broken tailgate handle
Constant exposure to different temperatures and weather conditions can eventually make your Sierra's tailgate handle brittle and prone to breaking. Also, the more you use the tailgate handle to gain access to your pickup bed, the more it becomes worn out. The bad news is that the only way to make your tailgate locking mechanism useful again is to replace your broken tailgate handle, but on the bright side, replacing this component is a pretty inexpensive and easy fix. If you notice that your tailgate handle is starting to crack or if it completely snaps in two, then it's time for you to take out your toolbox and install a brand new tailgate handle on your truck.
Peeling chrome tailgate handle
Chrome tailgate handles are all the rage when it comes to customizing your pickup, but the sleek look of chrome handle becomes pretty much worthless when the chrome coating on your handle starts to flake off. Luckily, you can restore the shiny appearance of your chrome handle without having to replace the entire component. With some necessary prep work and a canister of chrome paint spray, you can make your chrome tailgate handle look as good as new.
Stuck tailgate handle
If your tailgate handle doesn't engage or disengage your locking mechanism properly, then you probably have a faulty latch or a broken rod. To verify the exact component that caused your tailgate handle issue, you will have to remove the mounting screws or clips that hold the handle itself and examine the latch and rods behind it. If any of your rods are bent or broken, then you will have to replace them. Make sure that you remove any dirt or rust that jams the rotating latch in your tailgate handle's mechanism as well.