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How to Replace Tailgate Cables 88-99 GMC Sierra K1500

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How to Replace Tailgate Cables 88-99 GMC Sierra K1500

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped off tailgate cables on 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 GMC Sierra K1500

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tail Gate Cables
    • Open the tailgate
    • Lift the tailgate slightly
    • Slide the cable off the stud on the bed
    • Remove the T40 Torx bolt that holds the cable to the tailgate
    • Pull off the cable
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tail Gate Cable
    • Put the cable into place on the tailgate
    • Fasten the T40 Torx bolt into the tailgate
    • Lift the tailgate slightly
    • Slide the cable onto the stud on the bed
    • Lock the cable into place
    • Close the tailgate

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T40 Bit

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years. We're dedicated to delivering quality auto parts, expert customer service, fast and free shipping, all backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Visit us at 1AAuto.com, your trusted source for quality auto parts.

In this video, we're going to be working with our 1996 GMC Sierra K1500. We're going to show you how to remove and replace the tailgate cables, which often rot out or break, making the tailgates hang too low and not support what they're supposed to. If you like this video, please click Subscribe. We have a ton more information on this truck, as well as many other makes and models. If you need these parts for your vehicle, you can follow the link down in the description over to 1AAuto.com. The only items you'll need for this repair are a T40 Torx socket ratchet and extension and maybe a flat head screwdriver.

Open your tailgate. Lift up on your tailgate slightly. Lift up on the little metal safety here so you can slide the cable forward into the larger opening and pop it out. Remove the T40 Torx for the cable.

Here we have our old tailgate cable that we removed from our truck and our new part from 1AAuto.com. As you can see these parts are exactly the same. We have the same length and the same cable ends. Our new one actually comes with this nice little plastic insulator to help keep the rust and corrosion off of there. These tailgate cables tend to fray and get rusted and eventually break. Or these little safeties break and fall off, meaning that sometimes you'll go to open your tailgate, it will come up, fall loose, your tailgate will open too far, or even worse, drop on you. Fortunately, it only takes one bolt and a few minutes to replace these. You can get a nice new pair of tailgate cables from 1AAuto.com that are going to go in direct fit, just like the original equipment, get your tailgate opening safely and securely, and fix you up right.

Install the T40 Torx bolt at the bottom of the cable. Make sure the hook at the top is facing the correct direction so the tab faces in toward the middle of the truck and will lock back over the stud. This bolt is shouldered so it's going to bottom out before it's completely clamped, so this still has room to move around. Lift up on your tailgate, slide the larger part of the cable over the tab and then lock it into place. If you're replacing these parts as a pair repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T40 Bit


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