GM S-Series Pick-ups and SUV's 1994-1999 Repair Guide

Tailgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: Tailgate and bed mounted striker components

  1. Lower the tailgate to the horizontal position.
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  3. Disengage the cable on the right and left sides from the striker bolts. To accomplish this, pull up on the middle of the cable assembly while raising the gate to a 45 degree angle, but be careful not to pinch the cable between the gate and bed.
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  5. Remove the tailgate from the vehicle by lifting upward on the left side to separate the left hinge assembly, then disengage the right hinge.
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To install:
  1. Install the gate to the vehicle by lowering the right hinge assembly into position first, then holding the gate at a 45 degree angle and seating the left hinge assembly.
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  3. Engage the left and right cables to the striker bolts.
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  5. Verify proper tailgate latching and operation.
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ALIGNMENT



Align the tailgate so the gaps between all of the components are equal; it must be flush with the fenders. Center the tailgate in the opening between the fenders by adjusting the hinges and/or the striker bolts.

 
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