Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1997-2000 Repair Guide

Tailgate Latch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Ram
  1. Lift and hold the tailgate latch release handle.
  2.  
  3. Using a trim stick, pry the bottom of the escutcheon outward to disengage the clips.
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  5. Rotate the escutcheon upward to disengage the clip above the release handle.
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  7. Push the escutcheon downward from behind to clear handle.
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  9. Open the tailgate.
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  11. Disengage the linkage rod from the latch handle.
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  13. Remove the screws attaching the latch to the tailgate.
  14.  
  15. Separate the latch from the tailgate.
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  17. Pull the latch and linkage rod from the tailgate.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Position the latch and linkage rod in the tailgate.
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  3. Install upper screw attaching latch to tailgate.
  4.  
  5. Install lower screw attaching check cable and latch to tailgate.
  6.  
  7. Engage the linkage rod to the latch handle.
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  9. Install the escutcheon.
  10.  



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Fig. Tailgate handle and escutcheon-Ram



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Fig. Tailgate latch handle mounting-Ram



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Fig. Tailgate assembly-Ram



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Fig. Latch and linkage rod-Ram

 
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