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Tailgate won't open! 2004 4Runner

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by GoBlue2004!, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Sep 15, 2020 at 9:40 PM
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    GoBlue2004!

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    My tailgate has been acting up once in a while for about two years. It finally won't open any more. pulling the tailgate handle creates a noise and I can see the lever action happening but not allowing it to open. I bought a new motor but that didn't help. I bought a new release handle but that didn't help. So now I'm stuck with a situation whereby I want to fix the problem but not sure what is the next step. I normalized the electronics and that's not it either. Next product to replace is the computer / electronic module where all the wires go into the door and to the latch, wiper and window.
    Does anyone know what might be happening?
     
  2. Sep 16, 2020 at 5:54 AM
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    Try pushing in on the hatch before pulling the lever. Keep leaning on it until after the mechanism does it's thing, then pull.

    If that doesn't work, there is an access panel on the inside of the hatch that I used to reach through to help the mechanism. Just be careful as you could get pinched if you put your fingers in the wrong place. I don't highly recommend this method, but it might work.
     
  3. Sep 16, 2020 at 6:04 AM
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    Did you replace the entire latch mechanism? When mine finally quit working altogether, I got the mechanism out of another hatch and it was good as new again
     
  4. Sep 16, 2020 at 10:46 PM
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    Yes. New latch and handle.
     
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    That's where the actuator is controlling the door latch. Probably is where the issue i
     
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  6. Sep 17, 2020 at 9:49 AM
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    Hmm. I figured there was just the latch mechanism and the push button in the handle above the license plate. I didn't know there was a computer for the hatch. Weird.

    I'm curious what the solution ends up being.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2020 at 4:42 PM
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