My tailgate recently started doing the same thing. It
would swing open but not fold down. When I would press the yellow switch
inside the cargo area you could hear a low click but nothing. Also the
tailgate would some times not latch shut either. What I did was:
got some of my throttle body cleaner and sprayed just a little bit on
the latch and used an old toothbrush to clean out any gunk that might be
making the latch stick.
- After it dried then I sprayed the latch with WD-40.
- I did the same with the top latch on the passenger side. This helped the tailgate to latch shut.
I was testing the tailgate to make sure it would keep latching I
somehow got the tailgate to fold down. When I was squeezing the switch
on the tailgate I heard it release the first latch but as I kept holding
the switch, the second latch released as well. Now I don't know if the
cleaning helped with the other latch for the tailgate to fold down or
not. But now when I want to fold down the tailgate;
- I keep the tailgate firmly pressed against the vehicle.
- Squeeze the switch on the tailgate and hold, you will hear the first latch release.
pushing the tailgate against the vehicle and keep squeezing the switch
until you hear the second latch release and the tailgate should fold