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How to Replace Tailgate Cables 15-19 Ford F-150

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  1. step : Removing the Tailgate Cable (0:47)
    • Open the tailgate
    • Support the tailgate
    • Pry back the tailgate cable clip on the bed side with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the cable off at the bed side
    • Remove the T45 Torx bolt from the tailgate side of the cable
    • Pull off the tailgate cable
  2. step : Installing the Tailgate Cable (1:40)
    • Put the tailgate cable tab into the tailgate
    • Fasten the T45 bolt into the tailgate
    • Slide the cable onto the bolt in the bed
    • Guide the tailgate cable as you close the tailgate

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the tailgate cables on this 2016 F150: same procedure for any of this generation, really it's the same procedure for most trucks and we hope you enjoy this video and hope it helps you out. If it does, please click subscribe. Also, check out for all your truck or car parts.

The tool you'll need for this is something to make sure that your tailgate is supported as well as a T45 socket with a ratchet.

Open up your tailgate. Check your tailgate every once in a while. A lot of times, what happens is the rubber casing frays and then the steel cable inside will fray as well and there'll be little tiny sharp things that can poke you when you're loading and unloading your tailgate. Replace them, actually just make sure your tailgate is supported, start up here, and pry it with a screwdriver, try with my hand, just pry this back so that this tailgate comes off. Like I said, make sure that your tailgate is supported so it doesn't drop down. There’s a T45 Torx screw here and remove that.

To put it back together, the large tab goes in the slot in the tailgate. Put it in and tighten it up. You should be able to tighten it up good and firm and then the tailgate should still spin freely and then at this end, lift the tailgate up a little bit, put it on, and lock it in place. Make sure that the cable goes down the first few times so it gets kind of a memory fold into it and shut your tailgate.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Socket

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