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Old 03-09-2018, 01:57 AM   #1
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Does anybody REALLY know how to remove the entire tailgate latch assembly on a 2004 Frontier? I took off the two 6mm thread nuts (10mm socket) and the two rods, does the assembly then just pry off?
I have the 2004 factory service manual and it's zero help. The lock cylinder seems to be OK, it's just that convoluted linkage that seems to be the hold-up. And very dumb that the tailgate protective cannot be removed unless the tailgate is open, when that is the problem in the first place !

I don't want to have to pull on the two rods to open it every time. Thanks.
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After removing the actuator rods and the two nuts, I just had to tug and pull the assembly rearward. Yes, some of those clip retainers broke, but rubber grommets served me as "push nuts" on reinstallation.

I had to tug at that rear tailgate to pull that away, broke some retainer plastic clips as expected.

The lock cylinder seemed to be OK, it's just that convoluted linkage that seemed to be the hold-up. And it seems like it really needed a little spring to be engineered-in. So I engineered one. And now it works great !!!


I used rubber grommets as push-nuts to hold the rear panel in place, but the two nuts really hold that in place.

I attached the bottom of the plastic "bedliner" onto the tailgate using two sheet metal screws, so now one could remove that piece and get to the reverse of the tailgate latch if this happens again. Bad latch design - I can somewhat understand that; but covering the access plate with a bedliner piece which "has to be broken" for access - that's ridiculous !!!!
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