Troubleshooting Suzuki Sidekick Tailgate Handle
The Suzuki Sidekick tailgate handle allows you to open and close the tailgate and access the rear of your vehicle easily. If you are having problems with your tailgate handle, if the tailgate doesn't open easily, or if the handle doesn't work at all, there may be a problem within the tailgate handle mechanisms or the link underneath. This is a simple troubleshooting task that can be done by anyone with minimal skills. You too can do it. Here are troubleshooting guides that will come in handy.
Problem removing tailgate handle
First things first, if it's not moving, don't force it. Removing the tailgate handle is easy, but be careful when pulling out the handle. Make sure that you remove all the screws that secure the handle. Remove the plastic trim ring that covers the bolts (or screws). Then remove the bolts from the inside using the right ratchet. Now, pull the tailgate handle out away from the tailgate. There are still plastic clips that connect the handle to the tailgate. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry the clips off. You have completely removed the tailgate.
Tailgate doesn't open
Remove the tailgate handle following the process discussed above. Once the tailgate is unbolted, check the mechanisms for problems or the links if disconnected. If it is the mechanism, see if you can repair the problem. Otherwise, replace the handle. Simply reconnect the link if it is disconnected.
Tailgate doesn't close
The problem might be the latch or the link. Remove the tailgate handle and check both of them for problems. If the latch is worn out, you must replace it. If the link can be reconnected, do the necessary repair. Reattach the tailgate handle and test your work.
Tailgate handle works intermittently
The problem could be somewhere between the latch and the mechanism that releases the tailgate, or it could be the tailgate handle itself. Remove the tailgate handle and check for loose connection. Check the latch if it is worn out. Reconnect the disconnected link, if any. Or replace the part that causes the problem.