Can’t figure out what’s what when it comes to car parts? There are a lot of parts on a car that sound weird, but it’s not a problem if you can’t tell them apart. So, have you ever wondered what a pickup truck’s “tailgate” is?
A tailgate is a door on the back of a truck that swings open. This door lets you get into the back part of a truck’s bed and can also be used to secure goods while travelling or moving them.
But there’s more! Tailgates are an important part of any truck, and you can learn a lot about them by reading. So keep reading!
What part of a truck is the tailgate?
When you look at the back of a truck, you see an open space that is usually used to carry cargo or hold passengers. This place is protected by a door that is easy to open and close because it has a handle in the middle.
The tailgate is this part of the truck. It keeps people and things from falling out of the truck bed while you’re driving. It can also be used for other things.
What are tailgates used for?
Tailgates are basically the door to the back of the truck. There are many ways to use these, which are listed below.
A tailgate keeps things from falling out of the back of your car that could fall out while you’re driving. You can store things easily and fill the truck bed to the top, and the tailgate will keep anything from falling out the back.
People in different states also like to “tailgate,” which is when food is served out of the back of a car or on the ground around it. You can easily put your cooking supplies in the back and have a great time with your friends and family at local picnic spots.
Tailgates also protect people who are riding in the back, and when there are more people in the back, you can hold on to the tailgate for extra support.
A separate place to load things is another great way to use a tailgate. You can lower them until they are even with the bed of the truck and load more things on them.
Having a tailgate also moves the weight away from the middle of your truck so that it doesn’t put too much stress on one part. This will also help make sure the truck’s weight is spread out.
Can I detach my tailgate?
Yes! Most, if not all, trucks let you completely remove the tailgate from the truck. There are many reasons to do this.
You might want to carry something that doesn’t fit in your truck. If you take off the tailgate, you can easily load heavy items onto the truck bed.
Keep in mind that you also have to follow safety laws. If you take off the tailgate and carry cargo that goes all the way to the back of the car, you have to mark the cargo.
If your load sticks out more than four feet from the back of the vehicle, you should put a red, orange, or yellow flag on the back of the vehicle. This flag needs to be at least 16 inches square.
If you plan to move this cargo at night, you must also put a red light on your truck that can be seen from 500 metres away.
Removing the tailgate
The tailgate is easy to take off, but the exact way to do it varies from truck to truck.
Usually, a kit to take off the tailgate comes with your truck, so you’ll need to get that first. Also, get the manual so you can look at it for more instructions and guidance.
First, you have to open the tailgate so it can lay flat on the bed of a truck. All you have to do is pull on the handle and slowly let it down.
After that, you’ll need to take off the cables or hooks that hold the tailgate to the back of the truck. Whether or not your truck has cables depends on its make and model, but most trucks have at least a few cables or connectors.
The next step is to lift up the tailgate. Since the tailgate is pretty heavy, you should probably ask for help.
Some models also need you to take the hinges off one at a time and tilt the tailgate to the side before you can take it off. Before you try to take off the tailgate, you should look at your truck’s manual to find out the exact steps.
What is “tailgating”?
This phrase might have come up in a conversation about driving safely. When you tailgate, you drive so close behind another car that your bumper is almost touching the car in front of you. Basically, you’re right behind them.
It is not a good idea to do this because it is very dangerous. This is because if the car in front of you stops suddenly, you will probably crash into the back of it.
Another reason why you shouldn’t follow too closely is that you can’t see anything but the car in front of you.
There are a lot of accidents because the car in front of you suddenly swerves out of the way to avoid something, and the car behind you usually gets into an accident.
General Tailgate Advice
Don’t ever forget to close your tailgate when you’re driving. Doing so is dangerous for other drivers, can cause your stuff to fall out, and is even against the law in some states.
Make sure to always use OEM cables to connect your truck’s tailgate, since other types of wires might not be as strong.
Final Thoughts on Pickup Truck Tailgates
So, there you have it! Hopefully, you understand what a tailgate is, what it’s used for, how to remove it, and some general advice! Have fun driving!