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

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.

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Average mileage: 95,166 (15,100–197,000)
5 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, more2010
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2007 Honda Ridgeline 197,000 mi,
Tailgate won't swing open anymore
2010 Honda Ridgeline 15,100 mi,
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.
2007 Honda Ridgeline 48,000 mi,
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....
2008 Honda Ridgeline 96,500 mi,
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.
2006 Honda Ridgeline 58,000 mi,
Tailgate will not open in swing mode
2006 Honda Ridgeline 128,000 mi,
tailgate want open in swingmode or down
2008 Honda Ridgeline 110,000 mi,
Rear release to allow tailgate to open in swing mode is unresponsive
2009 Honda Ridgeline 41,000 mi,
Tailgate will not open. No solution at this time.