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Off to pick up 30 bags of pre-mix...got all checked out
from the lumber yard and the yard guy is going to fork
it into my bed...tailgate won't open! Yes it's unlocked....

Looking at the tailgate, the right side unhinges but the
left side won't...I push the right side totally shut and try
again...still won't come loose. It's almost like the lift lever
gets the right side but nothing is happening internally on
the left side.

Anybody got any ideas before I have to deal with the dealer?

BTW..those bags of pre-mix are heavy to lift by hand over
the top of the tail.......
 

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tricky tailgate

i played with my stuck tailgate (when i slammed it too hard, i guess)
with turning the key side to side and pulling the lever up and down few times then it clicked back to normal
 

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My Uncle retired from Solar Turbines down in San Diego, we worked there when they were a division of IH. Smaller world.......
 

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I am having the same problem now.. How the [email protected]$% am i ever gonna get my tailgate open again??
 
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You can remove the cover plates on bedside...at least on the 04's and just pull the release arms. Mine had the clap just come off... same symptom.

Also the turning key and pull / release handle sometimes gets things back in order.
 

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You can remove the cover plates on bedside...at least on the 04's and just pull the release arms. Mine had the clap just come off... same symptom.
Exactly, mine did this so I pulled the cover off and one of the clips had opened up. reattached it and no problem.
 

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My tailgate stuck one time and trapped my snowboards inside.... but that was because my tonneau cover froze to it. Sliding a credit card along the beading to break the seal did the trick and off we went.

Too bad the lifts were shut down because a tree fell on a generator.
 

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Same thing happened to me. I opened the gate thru the bed-side cover. One of the cheap yellow clips that holds the rods in place had popped open.

Hey Nissan, how about an improvement here. Being able to reliably open the tailgate is a kind of important feature for a pick-up. Ya know? Other than that I have had no problems in 5 years and love my Titan!:)
 

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Picked up 1 3/4 yards of road gravel, emptied and went to close the tailgate. Apparently a rock got in the hinge and threw off the alignment causing 'something' and the clip (or both) to pop off inside. (I say clip b/c one may have already been popped open) I felt it in the handle immediately. Thanks to this thread I had the tailgate opened, sprayed with lubricant, adjusted and put back together in about 25 minutes. :redblob"
 

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wow, all ya'll with problems opening your tailgate while I have problems closing mine...but thats because the weld broke on both side and the lock "pins" bent in...
 

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bringing this from the dead but it seems mines is the actual mechanism. The clips are just fine when I lock the tailgate I still get alot play on the handle. Opened it up and all seems right but the mechanism doesn't seem to catch and unlock when pulling on the handle. this is frustrating. Anyone else have this issue???
 

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If I remember correctly, one clip locks across two rods. Over time the rods can work 'past' one another or the play in the handle doesn't pull the first rod well enough to tug on the second rod. Undo the clip and try pulling them toward one another. The rod connected to the outside of the tailgate should pull towards the handle and vice versa. Once both are in position with as little play as possible, then re-lock your clip. In other words, the parts of the rods that are touching, make them have more contact. Unfortunately I don't have pictures to explain this better and thankfully I haven't had to open my tailgate since my post many years ago.
 
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