Tailgate Will Not Open Because Sensor Rod is Too Long on Honda Ridgeline

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A sensor rod that is too long can cause the tailgate not to open in the swing mode. Replacing the sensor rod will commonly correct this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 89,854 (270–197,000)
6 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, more2010, 2017
23 people reported this problem
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Tailgate latch for swing out operation of the tailgate has failed. Tailgate only operates in the up and down positions. Out of warranty due to 36 month threshold... Probably has not been opened 50 times over the past 3 years and, as a major selling point, should not have failed.
Tailgate will not swing open. At dealer now having it repaired.
Tailgate won't swing open anymore
Tailgate will not open in swing mode
Rear tailgate swing operation failed two weeks after I purchased it used from Family Ford in Enfield, CT. Dealership tried to fix it twice under their used car warranty until they found out how much it would cost to replace the sensor rod (over $1,000) -- after assuring me the repair was covered under warranty, they then informed me I was out of luck and that they had no interest in putting out the money for the repair.... Do NOT buy a car from these people....
tailgatinge will not open in swing position, only operates in up/down
Truck has about 4,000 miles. Tailgate has intermittent problem and will not open in the swing position. At the dealership now.
Tailgate will not swing open. Truck is in prime condition. Tailgate just stopped working, WTH.
Just bought this truck and got home and the tailgate will not swing out not matter what we do or try.
tailgate want open in swingmode or down
Rear release to allow tailgate to open in swing mode is unresponsive
Tailgate will not open. No solution at this time.