Addressing Suzuki Grand Vitara Tailgate Handle Issues
An SUV is only as good as its functionality. So can you imagine the frustration you would feel if you find yourself hauling stuff, and your tailgate refuses to open? Unlike trucks, wherein you can just carry your things over the bed without the need to open the tailgate, the Grand Vitara requires you to use the tailgate to access the luggage compartment. It is then quite useful to learn how you can deal with minor Suzuki Grand Vitara tailgate handle issues. Here are ways you can quickly fix them.
You're trying to open the tailgate with the handle but it won't budge. Check the handle if it is doing its job properly. The handle has two arms that push two levers. The two levers pull on two separate rods: the left and right. Open the handle with a screwdriver and check inside. Check for any debris jamming the mechanisms. When you see that pulling on the handle is pushing the two levers, but one of the rods is unresponsive, then the issue is on the rods not the handle. Replace both plastic rods and put lubricant (WD-40) to make sure the handle and the rods connects smoothly and properly.
You surprised yourself with your own strength when you managed to pry the tailgate handle open. However, you discover that you broke the tailgate handle open and now it looks like something your Vitara would spit out. Check how severe the damage is. If you're lucky, you've only pulled out the assembly and just need to push them back into place. If you are really stronger that you expected then, you may find the rods snapped and your door handle broken beyond repair. Of course, this means you would need to buy a replacement and install it yourself.
Open the tailgate
If you do have a broken tailgate handle, but want to get access to the luggage compartment then just open the handle assembly and access the rods that the levers are meant to pull sideways. Use a screwdriver to manually move them sideways and it should open the tailgate for you. This is a temporary fix and doing this is painstaking so you need to address you tailgate handle problem as soon as possible.