stuck tailgate

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 20:41
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I came along the plenty highway and I'm in Alice springs at moment with a stuck tailgate. Anyone have any ideas how to fix it .Toyota couldn't help me and they charged $135 just to take a look. I'm going on the tanami tomorrow, a bit of a pain getting stuff through the back doors help
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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 21:13

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 21:13
No to the tailgate sorry Gaz. Have you tried a liberal squirt of snake juice (CRC or WD40) in and around the mechanism and the pins?

Quite a few people would like to know the conditions on the Plenty at present, any chance of an update.

Cheers and safe travels

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Follow Up By: Member - gaz 290 - Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 07:58

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 07:58
Road conditions are good on the plenty, hope ok on tanami ,will be nowhere today thanks
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 22:26

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 22:26
G`day gaz290,

I have sent you an email, hope it helps.

Scrubby.
I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Follow Up By: Member - gaz 290 - Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 21:43

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 21:43
Thanks for that scrubby , i have been on the tanami for passed 3 days and now hearing for kununura, hopefully someone can sort out my tailgate.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:00

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:00
FWIW my tailgate/kitchen sprang open and waved around for an unknown no. of k's on a dirt road. The hinges bent a little and now the gate bottom is an interference fit. Takes force to open and close.
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Follow Up By: Member - gaz 290 - Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 21:51

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 21:51
Sorry i should have said rear door of my car, prado, the lock must have got dust and grit,Toyota in Alice says they have to order a new lock from Japan. I will try the wreckers . Just grin and bear it for the rest of my trip thanks
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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 14:10

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 14:10
Hello

The rear door on my Prado 120 is also hard to open as the bush in the bottom hinge has flogged out. This has resulted in the door dropping slightly. Getting fixed soon...anyway..the door will not open if all you do is pull on the handle due to the extra weight on the catch so in my case you have to push hard on the door about 20cm above the handle while at the same time pulling on the handle. The catch then releases and the door can be opened. May or may not work in your case. Fix in my case is two new hinges.

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Follow Up By: Member - gaz 290 - Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 22:02

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 22:02
At Toyota in Alice they got in the back over the seats and removed the panel on the inside of the door to get to the lock or so they said. When i got my car back it looked like nothing was disturbed. I have my doubts that they even tried. Thanks
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Reply By: loanarranger - Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 19:34

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 19:34
Gaz 290,
what about the weight on the rear door. Take tyre off the door and it may be possible to use the tyre mount to lever up the door to release tension on the lock??
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Follow Up By: Member - gaz 290 - Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 19:05

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 19:05
When i reached kununurra i went to Toyota there who unlocked my stuck tailgate, removed the lock and cleaned the lock dust from the lock, fitted all back in half an hour all for $65. Thanks guys at kununurra Toyota
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