It's stuck closed. I guess it froze up sometime during the winter. It was bound to happen because the handle would never snap back automatically so you'd have to push it closed when raising the tailgate.. I disconnected the rods from the handles and pulled them with vice-grips and they sound like they pulling the bolt locks on either end, but it still stuck. I'd like to try and Jimmy it open manually, but I'm not sure how the latching mechanism works or what it looks like. I'm assuming some bolts are set into the frame and the rods pull some mechanism that pulls these back somehow. I can't see much thru the cracks between the tailgate and the turning signal case. I've looked online, but can't find anything showing what is mounted to the tailgate. Oh, yeah I sprayed WD40 around where it looks like the latches are on either side, hoping it would free it up. Not even sure if it's reaching anything.