Originally Posted by linnemj
Thanks for the information! Is it difficult to replace the bushings? I am not very mechanically talented.
Like most anything today, just do an online search and someone has posted how to and or a vid of doing it.
If you don't have a locking tailgate, you wont have a wire/s to unplug/disconnect. I have a locking tailgate on my 2015 so it has a wire that needs to unplug and a dummy plug in the glove box to cap the connector end.
I also agree with the check for rock/s and or wood chip/s, but if you can move the one side or other, then its best to replace the worn part, and all parts at the same time.
I would highly recommend checking the crimps on the wires/cables, and cables after 11 years. Some metals, like the stainless cable and the crimped on ends will caroad over time.
It would really be a bad day to drop tail gate, and it really dropped to bumper, denting it. If you were my camping neighbor, I would gladly do it for you. Its hard to be good at everything, that's why its nice to have diversified friends. Best of luck.