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my dealer is ram ,dodge jeep,fiat and ford, had to bring in wifes ford in for fix, went to ram while waiting on her truck, told them want appt for the two recalls one was cruise control and other for dial shifter, then told them about tailgate dropping on me everyday now they said they know about it becoming a big problem for ram owners, but were still not sure on a perment fix lol, so i said when can w have this all done they told me come back aug 14 so i was like ok what ever i got home took panel off inside tailgate pulled plug conector apart, put it back together and locked it with the key from inside the key fob now it dont fall down, so now will wait the month or so unbelivable.
 

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i got home took panel off inside tailgate pulled plug conector apart, put it back together and locked it with the key from inside the key fob now it dont fall down, so now will wait the month or so unbelivable.[/QUOTE] I un-plugged mine and taped up the connectors right after purchase. I can live with a manual locking tailgate, just like the one that came on my previous (2012) Ram. The less the dealer gets to monkey with my vehicles the better.
 

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a pin gets bent on the lock allowing the tailgate to drop by itself. Google it and there are some u tube videos that show why it happens. If under warranty get the dealership to replace the handle\lock assembly
 

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My tailgate has been dropping by itself. My wife experienced it 2x and me once.
Hi glbg,

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this inconvenience with your Ram. Have you brought this to the attention of your dealer? Please send us a PM if you're in need of additional assistance.

Darlene
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Wasn't there a TSB for this?
 

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They began replacing some of the latches, but they are just using the OEM part & hoping that the piece of metal that has been breaking off, does not break off again

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well still have lots of warranty left, will just get them to replace every time until they update the lock.
although I have not had that problem yet
blend door noisy, dash board rattles, squeaky seat, heated drivers seat that does not get hot, those I have had, some fixed some not so good
 

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Glad I haven't had this problem. My tailgate is snug & secure, no problem. (So far, 11K on the truck.)
 

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Glad I haven't had this problem. My tailgate is snug & secure, no problem. (So far, 11K on the truck.)

Me too, but TBH nobody I personally know has had this issue. That includes myself at 5+ years and coming up on 80,000 miles; my dad who has had his Ram over 9 years and is getting close to 120,000 miles, and my best friend who has a 2010-not sure the mileage
 

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I just had the lock assy replaced for the second time on my 2015. The problem this time is that I did not hear it drop due to my DZ. I found out when I put it in reverse and the camera was looking at the ground. My tech said they should be coming up with a recall as he personally has replaced a lot of these latches at a small dealership.
 

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I might be wrong, but I believe this is happening when the electric tailgate lock on the newer models automatically locks until a small metal tab (stop) breaks off. That allows the lock to release whenever and slam open. My 2012 had the manual tailgate lock and never did this. The newer models are electric, and lock/unlock along with the electric door locks.
 

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I might be wrong, but I believe this is happening when the electric tailgate lock on the newer models automatically locks until a small metal tab (stop) breaks off. That allows the lock to release whenever and slam open. My 2012 had the manual tailgate lock and never did this. The newer models are electric, and lock/unlock along with the electric door locks.
That is correct, you can unhook the wiring at the joint between the bed and tailgate and just use it as a manual lock and it won't happen to you.

I guess that's why it hasn't happened to dad lol. Good catch
 

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That is correct, you can unhook the wiring at the joint between the bed and tailgate and just use it as a manual lock and it won't happen to you.

I guess that's why it hasn't happened to dad lol. Good catch
I un-plugged mine at the latch, taped the connectors, then folded the ends back and zip-tied them so they don't rattle. I did this maybe 2 days after purchase. I didn't give my tailgate a chance to slam open!
 

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Hi glbg,

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this inconvenience with your Ram. Have you brought this to the attention of your dealer? Please send us a PM if you're in need of additional assistance.

Darlene
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It is scheduled to be check by dealer on August 10th, including the recall notice for the "Reprogram Powertrain Control Module".
 

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Below is from USA Today:


Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 1.1 million pickups in the U.S. to fix a defect that could result in their tailgates flying open while in motion.
The automaker issued a recall to fix the power-locking mechanisms in the tailgates of certain Ram pickup trucks.
The company said it had not identified any injuries or accidents connected to the defect.
The recall covers a portion of Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from the 2015 through 2017 model years.
Pickups in that range with manual tailgate locking are not affected. Pickups with eight-foot cargo beds are also not affected.
The recently redesigned 2019 Ram is also not affected. Engineers installed a different system for that model.
Fiat Chrysler said it's important for customers to remember "that all loose cargo should be secured while driving, as stated in the operating manuals of the affected vehicles."


Regarding customers remembering to secure all loose cargo. I do secure cargo in the bed of my truck so it won't slide around, but I consider the tailgate part of how I secure my loads and I expect it to stay shut when I close it. Thankfully, my tailgate has not flown open (yet). Looks like I'll be combining recalls and will wait until I receive notice for this one before I get the cruise control recall fixed.
 
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