What is it?
Tailgate hinges are the pivot point on which your truck or SUV's tailgate rotates when being opened and closed. They are found at the bottom of the tailgate, at the back of the vehicle. The hinge will consist of two parts, one connected to the frame of the truck bed and one connected to the tailgate itself. One side will fit into the other and move within it. In this way, it holds the tailgate in place while allowing it to open and close when loading or unloading cargo.
Since they are almost always exposed to the elements, these hinges have a tendency to rust out, bind up, or elongate from use. Dirt or moisture can corrode the hinges or they can simply wear out and become loose from the weight of the tailgate. Loose hinges might make your tailgate or liftgate rattle as you're driving down bumpy roads. In a worst case scenario, a worn tailgate hinge could eventually give way and let the tailgate open up. Then it's time to replace a new one.
How to Replace Tailgate Hinge Inserts?
STEP 1: REMOVING THE TAILGATE CABLES. Pull out on the cable tab and lift the tailgate. Slide the tailgate cable up and off.
STEP 2: REMOVING THE TAILGATE. Lift up the tailgate. Slide the tailgate off the right hinge. Slide the tailgate off the left hinge.
STEP 3: REMOVING THE TAILGATE BUSHINGS
Pry the bushing out form the backside with a flat blade screwdriver.
STEP 4: INSTALLING THE TAILGATE BUSHINGS
Place a little bit of grease into the tailgate slot. Press the bushing into the tailgate.
STEP 5: INSTALLING THE TAILGATE
Grease the hinge. Lift the tailgate cables up. Lift the tailgate up into place. Insert the tailgate into the right hinge first. Insert the tailgate into the left hinge.
STEP 6: INSTALLING THE TAILGATE CABLES
Hook the tailgate cable into its slot. Grease the latch and tailgate