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2003 hd tailgate handle issues

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jvm81, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    First the battery. Then a starter. Now today the handle busted on the tailgate. Looks like the clips or so just busted off. Can I order or replace just the handle or does the tailgate need to come apart in order to replace the handle.
  2. mikes-plow

    mikes-plow Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    the trim piece pops off around the handle couple of bolts in the gate hold the handle, a clip either side of handle to the rods then you have it in your hands. the trick with a chevy is using lots of WD-40 on everything. most important tailgate handle and extended cab bottom latches
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    get the trim piece as well,,,,3 15mm inside the tailgate, and 2 clips for the rods. i usually fluid film everything when putting back together. also look at the hinges on the bottom,,,they rust out pretty good when your not looking
  4. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I'm not sure about your year. But I know '07+ you can swap the standard handle to a lockable w/key one. Which is nice if you have a tonneau cover.
  5. Conmancounty

    Conmancounty Member
    Messages: 36

    i have the handle off of my old 2000 you can have for 5.00 plus shipping.
  6. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    That would be great. I'll take. Pm me if you can. Thanks
  7. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    +1 for lots of Fluid Film on the tail gate handle. hinges, bolt heads, any moving part. The rear of my truck gets caked with salt.