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Wasted Tailgate Lock...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by behemoth, Mar 31, 2001.

  1. behemoth

    behemoth 1/2 ton status

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    I rolled the window up on my 78 K5, turned the key to lock the tailgate, and when I pulled the key out, the WHOLE dang lock mechanism was on the end of my key!! Now I can't even roll the window down. (at least it's locked! Hee Hee). How do I release the lock from inside the tailgate to replace the lock mechanism? Do I need to have a locksmith do this? I need help with this soon, since the weather is getting warmer and the tailgate on the behemoth is getting more use. Thanks!!

    Mike

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  2. Emmettology 101

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    I am not sure of anyway, but by the way it sounds it may be locksmith time.

    Take the inside panel off your tailgate and see if there are any little levers or rods on the side of the locking mech that can be moved to unlock it.

    Mike [​IMG]
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  3. HarryH3

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    The lock did that on my '77 many years ago. I used to just carry a small screwdriver (like one of those that clips on your shirt pocket) and stick it in the hole. Jam it into the little hole at the back and hold it there while you turn the crank. You put the window both up and down with this method. [​IMG] Never did fix mine, just kept the screwdriver in the console all the time. [​IMG]

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  4. nyyef

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    i just changed the handle assembly and lock on my truck. it cost me $128 from the dealer here in saudi, (did i get ripped off?). i think you only need the clip that holds the assembly in.
    anyway, lower the tailgate and make sure the window is up. take out the plate on the inside covering the tailgate. assuming you are somewhat familiar with the internals, the maechnism is bolted to the internal supports, undo them. you also have to unhook the mechanism from the window. by unbolting the "top" section, you can slide it up and down to maneuver the lower window guides out of place and remove the mechanism.....whew!..... you should be able to see the back of the handle assembly. i never took the time to see if you could see the little c-clip on the back, i just unscrewed the two nuts and removed the whole assembly. you can buy a kit which includes, most importantly, the little clip and the cam (this wears out, causing a sloppy handle).
    the lock slides in and is held from the back, when you unlock the cam enages so you can turn. i have seen the assembly held together by a small screw (on one of my other trucks), but this didnt have that. it was held by the little clip.

    maybe i took the long way, but at the time i didnt see any other way. i hope that helps.

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  5. HarryH3

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    That price isn't surprising, but hey, you get gasoline for nearly free over there, so it all works out in the end. [​IMG]

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  6. behemoth

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    Nyyef - that's the whole problem - I can't lower the window until I get the tailgate unlocked. I need to find out how to do it from inside the panel. I have the "sloppy handle" syndrome, too! Anyway - thanks for all the help. I have a starting point now.

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  7. nyyef

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    since the window is now up. take out the panel and see if you can reach up and under the mechanism to get to the two nuts that hold the handle assembly. pop out the assembly. from the outside you will see a metal piece that looks like a wing nut (this is what the cam turms). turn this peice with a spanner or a pair of pliers and that should lower the window.

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  8. HarryH3

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    I already told ya how to get the glass down. Look into the back of the hole where the lock was. Jam a screwdriver through the hole and crank the window down. It really works! [​IMG] The "lock" just sticks a part into that hole when in the unlock position.

    BTW, use a good screwdriver. Those little cheapies will just shear off in there. [​IMG]

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