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How to Replace Tailgate Cables on a 1993-2011 Ford Ranger

Video Summary

1A Auto shows you how to repair, fix, change or replace broken, snapped, rusted, frayed or cut tailgate cables / straps on 1993-2011 Ford Ranger models. You will first learn how to remove your existing tailgate cables, and then how to install replacements.

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Tools Needed:

  • T45 Torx Bit and Ratchet

Repair Steps:

  1. When doing this repair make sure your tailgate is supported so that when the cable is removed the tailgate doesn’t drop down and get dented by the bumper.
  2. Using a T45 Torx bit and ratchet, remove the Torx bolt holding the cable to the tailgate. This is easier with some slack in the cable. You may want to support the tailgate so that there is some slack in the cable or just lift up on the tailgate slightly with your thigh.
  3. At the upper end of the cable there is a tab you must pull out on as you slide the cable up and off of its stud. That is how you remove the tailgate cable.
  4. To install the new cable, fit the large hole in the top of the cable over the stud on the vehicle and slide the cable down. The tab should click into place so that the stud is now held in the smaller opening on the end of the cable.
  5. Place the T45 bolt into the new cable making sure that the shoulder of the bolt goes all the way through the cable opening. Start the bolt into the tailgate. Secure the bolt with the T45 Torx bit and ratchet. Again when securing the Torx bolt it is easier if there is some slack in the cable.

That is how to change a tailgate cable that needs to be repaired on 1993-2011 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 1993-2011 Ford Ranger tailgate cables online right here at 1AAuto.com.

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