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Old 01-20-2006, 03:33 AM
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Tailgate locks by itself?

Hi All,

My tailgate (2000) will lock by itself sometimes and I have to use the key to unlock it. The problem now is that the key will not turn and I can't open the tailgate.

Anyone else ever had this? I did a search but nothing cme up.

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Dean
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Old 01-20-2006, 05:12 AM
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it locks by itslef and there is an updated tailgate handle available from ford. i thought most of these got caught under base warranties, but i guess not. as far as getting it unlocked now, just take the inspections plate off of the inside of the tailgate and you can see the mechanism to unlock it.
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:36 AM
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll give them a call and see if they will replace it anyways.
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Old 01-20-2006, 07:53 AM
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I just spoke with the dealer, and they are clueless about it. Never heard of it.
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the tsb is not on fords website anymore, but there is an updated tailgate handle assembly that will fix your problem, but there is no way the dealer is going to do it on a vehicle that is that far out of base warranty.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:46 AM
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I figured that out when the first guy was so clueless. Heck he probably wasn't even out of high school back then.

The parts guy could only say that a new part# for if it has superceeded the original so I guess since this is the first problem I have ever had with the truck I shouldn't complain
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Ok, I opened up the back of the tailgate and the latch mechanism works ok. The main problem appears to be the lock cylinder as the key will not turn to either lock or unlock it.

Looks like a snap retainer ring holding the cylinder in place, can it be removed and repaired by a locksmith or does this sound like a Ford replacement part?

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Dean
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