Power tailgate not working on Ford F-150 – causes

Ford F-150 can be equipped with powered tailgate that lets you open and close the tailgate with the push of a button. If it does not work, there can be many causes.

Ford F-150 fourteenth generation

Why won’t my power tailgate open?

Make sure the transmission is in park (P), ensure nothing is obstructing the tailgate path and or causing resistance (tonneau cover or other aftermarket accessory, freezing conditions or being parked downhill). If you have continued issues, the battery voltage may be low or other system issues.


Why won’t my power tailgate close?

Your vehicle speed is at or above 2.5 mph (4 km/h), the tailgate encountered an obstacle or freezing conditions. After removing the obstacles, manually close the tailgate to resume normal operation. If you have continued issues, the battery voltage may be low or other system issues.

Error messages and what they mean

“Check Tailgate Ajar”

Reminder to check the tailgate due to it recently being opened from the remote control or the button on the instrument panel while the vehicle is On and the transmission is not in park.

“Power Tailgate System Fault Service Now”

Reminder to check if tailgate is closed securely. If message persists contact an authorized dealer.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com



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