Toyota Tundra Owners Manual: Tailgate

The tailgate can be opened using the tailgate handle. The tailgate can be locked/unlocked using a key.

Locking/unlocking the tailgate

  1. Unlock the tailgate
  2. Lock the tailgate

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Opening/closing the tailgate

  1. Pull the handle
  2. Open the tailgate slowly
    The support cables will hold the tailgate horizontal.
  3. Lift and close the tailgate
    After closing the tailgate, try pulling it toward you to make sure it is securely locked.

Opening, closing and locking the doors

Removing the tailgate

■ Before removing the tailgate These connector covers are used when removing the tailgate, to prevent the back-up camera wire harness connectors from being contaminated.

  1. Connector cover (Gray)
  2. Connector cover (White)

Store the connector covers in the glove box in a plastic bag when not using.

1. To disconnect the wire harness connectors (1 and 2), depress small plastic tab on connector 1 and pull apart from connector 2.

  1. Tailgate wire harness connector (White)
  2. Frame wire harness connector (Gray)

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2. Attach the connector cover (White) to the frame wire harness connector (Gray).

  1. Connector cover (White)
  1. Frame wire harness connector (Gray)

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3. Open the tailgate.

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4. Pull out the plastic wire protector located in the vehicle bed by pressing the tabs and pulling the protector.

  1. Plastic wire protector

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5. Pull out the wire harness from the vehicle bed.

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6. Attach the connector cover (Gray) to the tailgate wire harness connector (White).

  1. Tailgate wire harness connector (White)
  1. Connector cover (Gray)

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■ Removing the tailgate

1. Open the tailgate to the angle where you can release the brackets on the support cables from the lugs on both sides.

Lift the support cable bracket up and slide it off.

To unhook the support cable bracket, keep pulling up the clip on the bracket and unhook the bracket.

  1. Support cable bracket
  2. Clip

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2. Tilt the tailgate to about 45º from vertical and pull up the right side of the tailgate to unhook the right side.

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3. Tilt the tailgate up to 15º.

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4. Slide the tailgate a little to the right to unhook the left side.

To attach the tailgate, follow the removal procedure in reverse order.

Opening, closing and locking the doors

Rear step bumper

For rear end protection and easier step-up loading.

To get on the rear step bumper, use the shaded area in the illustration.

Opening, closing and locking the doors

WARNING

■Before removing the tailgate Disconnect the wire harness between the back-up camera and the vehicle.

Failure to do so may result in serious personal injury or damage to the vehicle components.

■Caution while driving Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious personal injury.

  • Do not drive with the tailgate open.
  • Do not allow others to get on the rear step bumper.

 

NOTICE

■To prevent damage to the tailgate wire harness Do not pull out all of the tailgate wire harness before opening the tailgate.

■To prevent damage to the camera lens Store the removed tailgate with the back-up camera lens facing upward.

■After closing the tailgate Try pulling it toward you to make sure it is securely locked.

■To prevent damage to the rear step bumper Do not allow more than one person to get on the rear step bumper at a time.

    Side doors

    Adjusting the seats

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