2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

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2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Numbnuts » Wed May 16, 2018 7:21 pm

Not sure what is malfunctioning but sometimes the dam gate will just fling open when Im driving...... :angry:

Anyone else have this issue or a fix?

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Low_Sky » Wed May 16, 2018 7:39 pm

I haven't had this issue with my Ram, but the Chevy I drove previously did this. I figured out that the latches weren't engaging the pins, and I sprayed everything I could think of on them. Nothing worked 'til I figured out that it was the handle mechanism that was binding up. Took apart the tailgate, put some dry lube on the handle mechanism, and everything was smooth after that.
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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Mr.Smith » Wed May 16, 2018 9:48 pm

I vaguely recall this happening to a Guy I know, ended up being the fob. It was triggering the unlock/open function randomly.

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by olyelr » Wed May 16, 2018 10:38 pm

Mr.Smith wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:48 pm
I vaguely recall this happening to a Guy I know, ended up being the fob. It was triggering the unlock/open function randomly.
Did dodge even have an option to open the tailgate with the key fob? Lock/unlock it yes, but I dont think it has the option to open it.
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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Mr.Smith » Wed May 16, 2018 11:04 pm

Hahaha! I don’t remember exactly...
He’s saying it was the lock mechanism needed replaced. Warranty issue, he didn’t care as long as it was fixed. There may be a TSB for this, I’d call your dealership Sir. It’s worth a shot...

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Numbnuts » Thu May 17, 2018 1:32 am

Did a youtube search prior to posting, One hack was to disconnect the wiring to the lock on the 13-present models...not sure if my gate locks with the fob,,,gotta check when dam rain stops.

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by DamageWagon » Thu May 17, 2018 2:16 am

Does your bed look straight? This is a common problem for high speed off-road use but the tailgate opens due to bed flex. And then falls off. Lol.

My 2011 I’ve never once had the tailgate open on accident but my mechanism is pretty thrashed and needs more love than it should to open

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Numbnuts » Thu May 17, 2018 9:05 am

OK so my tailgate does not lock w the fob.

In my 18 month ownership of the PW Ive only left pavement twice so its prolly not an alignment issue but there are severe pot holes around northern nj that may have jarred it out of plumb, so Ill have to check the gaps.

Last culprit is the latch mechanism and I think a spring may have broken or fallen off....gotta open her up....again when the dam rain stops. ugh

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by TommyG » Thu May 17, 2018 2:43 pm

Mine will do that if I don't slam it shut (2012). I can tell if it is fully latched or not by pulling on it after I close it. It is in the latch mechanism somewhere. I have not pulled it apart yet since I can still get it to latch. I guess I should before it gets worse.
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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by MJockey » Thu May 17, 2018 4:01 pm

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Saw this vid a while back. Maybe your issue.
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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Numbnuts » Thu May 17, 2018 6:08 pm

Thx Jockey. I did peruse that last nite plus a few others. Youtube sure can be a big help.

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by scoutpappa » Sun May 20, 2018 3:03 pm

Not my PW but my previous 1500 Ram would pop open occasionally. Was always due to the latches and handle mechanism needing some cleaning and lube. Mostly in the winter here in TX during the two weeks of cold.

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by TwinStick » Sun May 20, 2018 5:57 pm

If you are a go-fast off-road person, bed side stiffeners are in your future, as DamageWagon stated.

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Re: 2011 PW Tailgate pops open while driving??

Post by Numbnuts » Tue May 22, 2018 10:35 pm

So I ended up locking the gate with the key itself. Has not popped open yet. I guess this is a temp fix till I can fiddle with the innards of the lock mechanism....

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