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How to Replace Tailgate Cables 94-01 Dodge Ram 1500

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  1. step : Removing the Tailgate Cable (0:20)
    • Pull out the tailgate cable tab
    • Slide the tailgate cable off the truck bed stud
    • Remove the T40 Torx bolt that holds the tailgate cable to the tailgate
  2. step : Installing the Tailgate Cable (1:15)
    • Slide the tailgate cable onto the truck bed stud
    • Put the tailgate cable into place on the tailgate
    • Pull the cable against the T40 bolt as you insert the bolt into the tailgate
    • Close the tailgate, making sure the cable doesn't pinch

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the tailgate cables on this '98 Dodge Ram, same as any '94 to '01. It's pretty easy. The only thing that you'll need, is you'll need a T40 Torx bit and driver.

The tailgate cables are pretty easy. Make sure you either have someone to hold up your tailgate, or that the other side's in good shape. Generally you want to replace these in pairs, but you lift up on the tailgate, pull out on this tab, so it slides over, comes right off. Now you need a T40 Torx bit, and it helps if you have a bit like this that goes on a ratchet handle for a little more torque. Really, the hardest part about this repair is just knowing what size tool you need. That comes off. There you can see the cable is off.

This truck actually has a fairly new cable. Put it back on, and make sure you put it on down here, not up here accidentally, but down on here. Pull it, get it locked into place. Feed it in. As this bolt goes in, it is shouldered, so you want to make sure the cable's all the way to the outside of it, against the head. Then the first few times you use it, just make sure that the cable folds nicely into place and doesn't get pinched.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Assistant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T40 Socket

1994 - 2002  Dodge  Ram 3500 Truck
1994 - 2002  Dodge  Ram 2500 Truck
1994 - 2001  Dodge  Ram 1500 Truck

1994-02 Dodge Ram 18-1/8in Tailgate Cable Pair

Dodge Ram 1500 2500 3500 2 Piece Tailgate Cable Set TRQ

This part replaces:

  • Dorman 38522 x2
  • TRQ BDA38412

Part Details

  • Set Quantity: 2 Piece
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