I was replacing rusted screws on my tailgate. I replaced the 2 (on each side, 4 total) that hold the tailgate handle rod. (see picture)
Since I have replaced these screws, my tailgate is stuck shut. I can not open my tailgate. The driver's side of the tailgate feels very loose, like it wants to open. But the passenger side is stuck tight. I can not get it un-stuck.
How does this handle mechanism work? I look down inside my tailgate window and I see the bar moving back and forth when I pull the handle. But the bar does not appear to make contact with anything. Is it supposed to? Is it supposed to move the metal thing on the outside wall of the tailgate?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.