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Old 08-12-2019, 10:43 AM   #1
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78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

My tailgate is hard to open, I pull the handle up and have to give it a tug to open. When I pull the handle up I don,t see the latch being pulled maybe very little ,is there a way to adjust the handle pull ?
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: 78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

Yes, you can shim it with washers. It was over several years back I had to do one of mine and I don't recall exactly how I did it but if you take the inside cover off and work the handle and watch the rods you'll figure it out.
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:12 PM   #3
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Re: 78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

Not a fix, but if you lean your belly against it while pulling handle, it works every time on my 78 Jimmy.
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:21 PM   #4
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Re: 78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

that.s what I do LOL
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Old 08-30-2019, 12:52 PM   #5
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Re: 78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

The rods need to have bend put back in.
Over yrs the rods stretch and straighten out, making the pull shorter
Just tweak them a bit and it'll open like new.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:15 AM   #6
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Re: 78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

thanks I will try that
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:44 PM   #7
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Re: 78 blazer tailgate hard to open ?

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The rods need to have bend put back in.
Over yrs the rods stretch and straighten out, making the pull shorter
Just tweak them a bit and it'll open like new.
I'd love to know more about this if anyone has pictures? I've always leaned against mine to open it as well but I was pretty sure you didn't have to do that when they were new.
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Phillip: Leaning into it is standard operating procedure.
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