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Tailgate hard to close

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by ND_Porkchop, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Apr 3, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    ND_Porkchop

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    Hey all! I'm new to the forum and finally bought my first truck. If you don't want the intro, skip to the bottom. I have been researching and dreaming about Toyotas since like 2008. First I was wanting a Tacoma, but as my family grew I wanted a front bench. So I searched casually for a couple years and recently pulled the trigger on my Desert Sand Mica crewmax with a front bench. 130k 1 owner from the desert.

    So far so good, other than some moisture in a headlight, the only real issue I've found so far is the tailgate is hard to close.

    The only stuff I've really found when searching is that people install bedside supports...so I am assuming the bed sides have flexed. It feels like it is rubbing on the drivers side, but haven't found rub marks. Does the latch mechanism just need some lithium spray lube? Other things to check?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Apr 3, 2019 at 6:37 AM
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    Jim LE 1301

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    Welcome from NY.

    When you say hard to close, do you mean it's stiff or it rubs on the sides?
     
  3. Apr 3, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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    A bit of both. I'm assuming the stiffness is from the dampener shock, so I'm not worried about that really.

    then it seems like it rubs something in the few inches of travel or when it reaches the bedsides. I just haven't been able to figure out what is touching, or if it is just the latching mechanism.

    do these things just require to be slammed pretty hard, or is there something I should try to look at?
     
  4. Apr 3, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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    It sounds more like the bed was abused. If it bothers you I would bring it to a bodyshop and have them address the issues with the bed.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    Sounds like the bed is bent/crooked. Measure side to side at the top and bottom of where the tailgate closes and see if it matches.
     
  6. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    ^^^This
     
  7. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:28 PM
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  8. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:29 PM
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    joonbug

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    Do you have bedliner? Mine became hard to close after Line-x. They lined it over the edge just a tad and there's a little between the bed and the gate.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:34 PM
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  10. Apr 4, 2019 at 6:38 PM
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    Well I gave the hinge and latches a shot of grease...and I think that took care of 90% of the effort to close. Either that or I got stronger.
     
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