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fasteddie
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Model and year : 1994 2.8 LWB Super Custom Limited campervan
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PostSubject: Rear tailgate won't open   Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:15 pm

I can't open the rear tailgate on my 1994 LWB SC.

It was fine until some of the metal higher up the door was sandblasted so I suspect sand has got into the latch mechanism.
I've tried pushing downwards with the connecting rod that goes into the latch and although it moves the latch won't open.
I can't do anything about fixing it until I can get the door open.

Any suggestions?
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chrisandhiace
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:24 pm

If sand has blown in the catch...will compressed air from the inside get it out???
One of those head scratchers.. elephant
Judicious use of a rubber mallet may shock things free....................
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fasteddie
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:32 pm

Thanks for the suggestion.
As the handle doesn't normally take much effort to release the catch I suspect that the release is spring assisted. I fear the sand has mixed with the grease and is stopping the latch from springing clear of the catch.
I think I might try the mallet but wish it had happened before the new paintwork was done.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:34 am

The parts diagram (sticky toyodiy) is always good to study before tackling things...it may help you work out another way of getting it open......
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:05 pm

Mine did this once and i had to crouch behind the seats pull the lining off and pull one of the bars,cant remember which one but i thought it was the bar that went horizontal just under the window,think it was from left to right.Failing that go see a nice man at a body shop,they will probably sort if for pennies.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:15 pm

Thanks for your comments everyone.

I've sorted the problem now. I had another go at it this morning and I got it open. The problem as I suspected was sand from the blaster which had found it's way into the latch and mixed with the rather old grease and was causing too much friction between the moving parts. The reason the latch wouldn't open is because the tension of the spring which activates it is quite light and the weight and resistence caused by the old grease and sand mixture put it at best into very slow motion.
Once removed I found that the latch is non servicable as it doesn't dismantle but there's enough space to get a tube on a can of WD40 into a couple of openings to flush old grease and accumulated sand out.
Following this I did the same with spray grease and now it's re-assembled all is working fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:05 pm

Great I like the no cost result.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear tailgate won't open   Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:46 pm

WD 40 to the rescue!..that and duct tape, velcro...all great things.
Glad you got it sorted!
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