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How to Replace a Tailgate Handle on a 1998-2011 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck

Video Summary

1A Auto shows you how to repair, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped off tailgate handle. This video is applicable to 1998-2011 Ford Ranger models. You will first learn how to remove your existing tailgate handle, and then install a replacement.

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Tools Needed:

  • T27 Torx Bit and Driver
  • 10mm Socket and Ratchet
  • Penetrating Oil
  • White Grease

Repair Steps:

  1. Remove eight T27 Torx bolts from the inside of the tailgate to remove the liner. Take the liner up and off of the tailgate. Remove the access panel covering the handle mechanism. The panel should come right off because the bolts were also holding it on.
  2. With a socket and ratchet remove the two 10mm nuts from the tailgate handle. Pull the handle down and out of the vehicle.
  3. These handles often break because the inside mechanism gets stuck or frozen. Before you install the new handle, spray a good amount of penetrating oil onto the mechanism and latches on either side to free them up and then apply some white grease to insure that everything continues to move freely.
  4. Feed the new tailgate handle replacement up into the tailgate, lining the studs up with the holes. Secure the handle with the two 10mm nuts and tighten with the socket and ratchet.
  5. Place the access panel and liner back into position and secure with the eight T27 Torx bolts.

That is how to replace a tailgate handle on 1998-2011 Ford Ranger models. Thanks for watching! Please feel free to call us toll free 888-844-3393 with any questions or to order any of the parts shown in this video, or you can order your 1998-2011 Ford Ranger pickup truck tailgate handle online."

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