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How to Replace Tail Gate Cables 93-11 Ford Ranger

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  1. step : Removing the Tailgate Cables (0:35)
    • Support the tailgate
    • Remove the T45 bolt from the tailgate cable
    • Pull out on the cable tab and lift the tailgate
    • Slide the tailgate cable up and off
  2. step : Installing the Tailgate Cables (1:37)
    • Insert the lower end of the tailgate cable into place, with the shorter distance to the tab facing up
    • Tighten the T45 Torx bolt
    • Hook the tailgate cable into its slot

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In this video, we're going to be working on our 2001 Ford Ranger, showing you how to replace tailgate cables. If you enjoy this repair, we've got many more videos for Ranger as well as other vehicles. Please click subscribe. Also check out

Here are the items you'll need for this repair: flat blade screwdriver, and a T45 Torx driver.

Open up your tailgate, and you should know where you're cables are. They're right here on the side. A lot of times, one of them breaks or they fray, and they can stab you. You just need a T45 Torx driver on a ratchet handle. Remove this bolt.

If you're tailgate cables are broken, just make sure you have something supporting the tailgate while you do this. Then, these little locks can usually be just pulled with your thumb. Take a flat plate screwdriver, pry them up, pull the cable off.

To reinstall, just reverse the procedure. Put the cable on. Lock it down in place. Then start your bolts. Again, it helps to lift up a little bit. These cables do have a side. Cable comes in here. There’s a short distance to this tab, and a longer distance to this tab. You want to have the longer distance facing down. There's a tab right there. Put your bolt in.

This is a shouldered bolt, so you want to make sure you hold the cable out on the bolt while you tighten it up. Once you get it tight, just make sure that the cable does move freely, and make sure the first few times it goes down when you shut the tailgate.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Socket

1994 - 2010  Mazda  B3000 Truck
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1994 - 2010  Mazda  B2300 Truck
1993 - 2011  Ford  Ranger

1993-01 Ford Ranger Mazda Pickup Tailgate Cables Pair

Ford Mazda 2 Piece Tailgate Cable Set TRQ BDA39359

This part replaces:

  • Partslink FO1918102
  • Partslink FO1918101
  • Dorman 38532
  • OE # F37Z9943052A
  • OE # F37Z9943053A
  • OE # ZZM065865
  • OE # ZZM065875

Part Details

  • Set Quantity: 2 Piece
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