Tailgate Handle Replacement

  • Take care not to scratch the tailgate.
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.

1.Remove the tailgate stopper assembly.

2.Disconnect the cylinder rod (A) and the hatch glass open rod (B) from the tailgate lock cylinder (C).


3.Release the retainer clip (A) with a hooked shaped tool, then remove the lock cylinder (B) from the tailgate handle (C).


4.Remove the bolt securing the cylinder protector (A) and tailgate handle. Release the hook (B), then remove the protector.


5.Remove the bolt securing the tailgate handle, and remove the spacer (A).


6.Remove the outer handle (A) while pulling it as shown.


7.Install the tailgate handle in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

  • Make sure each rod is connected securely.
  • Make sure the tailgate locks and opens properly.
  • Install the lock cylinder retaining clip on the handle, then install the lock cylinder. Be sure the clip is fully seated in the slot on the lock cylinder.