Tailgate latch help

Brian VT

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The handle of my tailgate latch broke on the passenger side. It will still unlock the driver's side.
I was shining a flashlight in the hole to try to find a way to unlock the passenger side with a screwdriver or something but I don't know what I'm looking at in there.
Does any of you know what I'm looking for and what to do to it to open the passenger side latch?
 

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On my tailgate there's a linkage cover on the bed side of the tailgate with twelve screws. Remove that cover and there's access to all the linkage.
 

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You can also wedge a flat tip screwdriver in between the tailgate and the bed side to move the latch on the side of the broken handle. This can be a pain to do.
 

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I would have to cut a hole in my (new) tonneau cover to access the bed side of the tailgate. :-(
I guess that's my only option?
 

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I finally found a visual on what goes on in there. FFWD to 2:00 in the video.
I may still have to trash my new tonneau cover to get in there but at least now I know what to try doing from the outside as a last-ditch effort.

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I just now noticed the tonneau cover in your first picture. :rolleyes:
If you have an endoscopy camera you may be able to get a view of the linkage and reach it with long nose pliers instead of damaging your cover.
 

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I managed to get it open from the outside. Looks like an easy fix and replacements are cheap.
If yours is feeling stiff give it some lube. ;-)
 
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