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How to Replace Tailgate Cables 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

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How to Replace Tailgate Cables 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace broken, rusty or damaged tailgate cableson Dodge Ram model years 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, and 08.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tailgate Cable
    • Support the tailgate
    • Lift the tailgate slightly
    • Pull the tailgate cable of the truck bed stud
    • Remove the T45 Torx bolt from the tailgate
    • Pull off the tailgate cable
    • Pull the washer off the tailgate cable with needle nose pliers
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tail Gate Cable
    • Hook the tailgate cable onto the truck bed stud
    • Put the washer into place on the tailgate
    • Put the tailgate cable into place on the tailgate
    • Pull out on the cable as you Insert the T45 bolt into the tailgate

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Block of Wood

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T45 Socket

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the tail gate cables on this 2004 Dodge Ram, same as most of the Dodge Rams of this era. The tools you'll need are a T45 Torx driver or a bit with a ratchet handle, and a small screwdriver and pair of pliers possibly.

Replacing your tail gate's a pretty easy process. Lift up a little tab, and slide your tail gate up. Now make sure that your tail gate is supported. Make sure your other tail gate cable is good or you support it because if you let your tail gate down and it hits the bumper it can bend your tail gate.

Now this is a T45 Torx bolt and just note how this bracket goes in, a little bracket to keep your tail gate from rotating too far and getting pinched. If you want to save this hardware, take a little screwdriver like this, and pry it up under this little washer. Now use a pair of needle nose pliers and just kind of pull on this washer, twist it and break it off.

A new cable from 1A Auto is all the same. It has the same end on that end and the same locking end there. You just put it onto the posts, lock it into place and on like that. Oops I, think I did it wrong, like that. This is a shouldered bolt so you want to make sure you get the cable on to it. I'm pulling the cable out against the bolt and tightening up.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Block of Wood

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Socket

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