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How to Replace Tailgate Cable 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

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How to Replace Tailgate Cable 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

Created on: 2021-01-16

New Tailgate Cable (with Attaching Hardware) from How to repair, install, fix, change or replace broken, snapped, rusted, frayed or cut tail gate cables or straps on 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tailgate Cables
    • Support the tail gate
    • Pry the tab on the top of the cable with a flat blade screwdriver and slide it up
    • Remove the T45 Torx bolt on the bottom of the tail gate cable
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tailgate Cable
    • Press the top part of the cable on to the bolt and slide it on
    • Insert the washer into place on the lower part of the cable
    • Tighten the T45 Torx bolt to the lower part of the tail gate cable

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T45 Socket

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks!

In this video, we're going to show you tailgate cable replacement. This is a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, and it's the same for any 2003-2008, as well as a couple of the other years of the 3500 and 2500.

Items you'll need include a new tailgate cable from, flat blade screwdriver, and a T45 torx bit and ratchet.

To replace your tailgate cable, lift up on your tailgate a little bit and this tab is a little bent so I'm just using a screwdriver. Help me pry it up, pull it off, and make sure you have something supporting it where you have a good tailgate cable on the other side.

There's a T45 bolt. Remove that. Best to have a socket bit and a ratchet. The old one comes off.

New cable from 1AAuto. Pull it right out. Cable is exactly the same and then there's a little locking washer.

So, we can put the cable right on and then this goes with the long side there so you can put it here. Put the bolt through and then put the locking washer on, and then I need to loosen this up a little bit. This is a shouldered bolt, so make sure that the cable comes out on the collar of the bolt and then tighten it up.

Now that it's tightened, it should move freely.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Socket

2002 - 2008  Dodge  Ram 1500 Truck
2003 - 2008  Dodge  Ram 2500 Truck
2003 - 2008  Dodge  Ram 3500 Truck
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