: EXT Tailgate recall



nyssa7
12-25-06, 04:58 AM
I understand there was a recall for the EXT to stop the tailgate falling off? Is this right? How would I know the modifications have been done

ewill3rd
12-25-06, 08:38 AM
I am pretty sure that's the recall on the cables. They can retain moisture inside the cable sleeve and cause the cables to corrode and break under heavy load conditions.
There is no real way to tell if it has been done except to call your dealer and tell them to check for you.
They can punch the last 8 digits of the VIN into a website and it tells them if the recall has been completed.

Not sure why that is humorous?


Subject: Product Safety - Tailgate Support Cable #04007B - (11/21/2005)



Models: 2002-2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT

2000 Chevrolet CK

2000-2004 Chevrolet Silverado

2002-2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

2003-2004 Chevrolet Kodiak

2000-2004 GMC Sierra

2003-2004 GMC TopKick




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THIS BULLETIN IS BEING REVISED TO INCLUDE SOME 2003 AND 2004 MODEL YEAR MEDIUM DUTY VEHICLES THAT WERE MODIFIED TO INCLUDE A TAILGATE. PLEASE DISCARD ALL COPIES OF BULLETIN 04007A, ISSUED OCTOBER 2004.


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Condition
General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2000 model year Chevrolet CK, 2000-2004 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, and 2002-2004 model year Cadillac Escalade EXT and Chevrolet Avalanche trucks, and 2003-2004 Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick trucks. On some of these vehicles, the galvanized steel tailgate support cables that retain the tailgate in the full open (horizontal) position may corrode, weaken, and eventually fracture. If one cable fractures, the remaining cable may retain the tailgate in a horizontal position. However, if the remaining cable is sufficiently weakened by corrosion, it could fracture within moments of the first cable fracturing, especially if there is a load on the tailgate. If both cables fracture, the tailgate would suddenly drop and strike the top surface of the rear bumper. Anyone sitting or standing on the tailgate when both cable fracture could be injured by falling from the tailgate. On vehicles that have had the bumper removed, the tailgate may drop even lower. Additionally, if there is cargo on the tailgate, the cargo may become unstable and fall if the support cables fracture.

Correction
Dealers are to replace the galvanized support cables with stainless steel support cables. In addition, dealers are to inspect the tailgate hinge and replace it, if necessary.

Vehicles Involved
Involved are certain 2000 Chevrolet CK, 2000-2004 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, and 2002-2004 model year Cadillac Escalade EXT and Chevrolet Avalanche trucks, and 2003-2004 Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick trucks built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year
Division
Model
From
Through

2002
Cadillac
Escalade EXT
2G109185
2G363848

2003
Cadillac
Escalade EXT
3G100002
3G343890

2004
Cadillac
Escalade EXT
4G100005
4G175911

2002
Chevrolet
Avalanche
2G100011
2G363853

2003
Chevrolet
Avalanche
3G100001
3G347428

2004
Chevrolet
Avalanche
4G100011
4G175906

2000
Chevrolet
CK (Classic)
YF416524
YF521040

YR143527
YR230631

2003
Chevrolet
Kodiak
3F507651
3F521614

2004
Chevrolet
Kodiak
4F100150
4F508975

2000
Chevrolet
Silverado
Y1160008
Y1409284

YE195370
YE433962

YZ157610
YZ371943

2001
Chevrolet
Silverado
11100001
11408136

1E100004
1E346660

1F100001
1F213873

1Z100001
1Z335201

2002
Chevrolet
Silverado
21100001
21430587

2E100002
2E306441

2F100002
2F250465

2Z100001
2Z348508

2003
Chevrolet
Silverado
31100001
31412794

3E100001
3E381150

3F100001
3F259060

3Z100001
3Z361857

2004
Chevrolet
Silverado
41100005
41197171

4E100005
4E178445

4F100001
4F145985

4Z100002
4Z178157

2000
GMC
Sierra (Classic)
YF141495
YF521003

YR143530
YR231139

2000
GMC
Sierra
Y1150033
Y1409272

YE194333
YE901599

YZ175180
YZ371915

2001
GMC
Sierra
11100005
11408122

1E100001
1E901535

1F100002
1F213892

1Z100003
1Z335203

2002
GMC
Sierra
21100002
21430585

2E100005
2E306440

2F100001
2F250482

2Z100004
2Z900955

2003
GMC
Sierra
31100002
31412793

3E100009
3E381153

3F100018
3F259040

3Z100004
3Z900320

2004
GMC
Sierra
41100001
41197158

4E100002
4E178436

4F100005
4F145865

4Z100001
4Z178148

2003
GMC
TopKick
3F504306
3F522021

2004
GMC
TopKick
4F500107
4F509433


Important: Dealers should confirm vehicle eligibility through GMVIS (GM Vehicle Inquiry System) before beginning recall repairs. [Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.]



This procedure also calls for inspection of the hinge which can get deformed. I have seen a couple of bad ones, but usually the hinge piece is okay.

nyssa7
12-25-06, 08:57 AM
Thanks very much for that

jrs05caddyext
12-25-06, 02:49 PM
I had them replaced by the dealership on my old 02 EXT. Funny thing is that a week before I got the recall form in the mail I was loading some stuff on the bed of the EXT and both cables that hold the tailgate gave and down I went.

ewill3rd
12-25-06, 05:38 PM
I'd advise anyone who owns one to check with their dealer and see if they need replaced.
The original design is a coated cable, but the ends can be exposed to the elements allowing water to collect in the cable and settle in the bend at the lowest point, the cable will corrode inside with no visible signs of trouble and when overloaded they can snap right in two.
The new designed cables should hold out since they are a different composition.

nyssa7
12-26-06, 01:13 PM
Is there any truth in the rumor that Cadillac or the dealers will stand replacement/repair cost if the tailgate doers drop down due to this problem? I have just bought an EXT where this has happened, but next thing is to get it shipped to the UK. As a minimum guess I'll order up the new cables with a US Auto specialist over here, but the guy I've bought from thought Cadillac might replace the tailgate - it will repair but its very untidy - as it dropped

Or anyone know the part number and cost of a new 2003 tailgate so I could order one up and have it shipped here in the back of my EXT?