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How To Replace Tailgate Cables Ford 92-96 F150250350

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How To Replace Tailgate Cables Ford 92-96 F150250350

Created on: 2012-12-14

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace broken, snapped, rusted, frayed or cut tail gate cables or strapson 1992-1996 Ford F150, F250, and F350 models.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Cable
    • Remove the T45 bolt on the bottom of the cable
    • Lift up on the tailgate, pull the clip out, remove the upper cable
  2. step 2 :Installing the Cable
    • Slide the upper part of the cable in place
    • Lift the tailgate
    • Insert the T45 bolt to the bottom of the cable

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T45 Socket

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In this video, we show you how to replace the tailgate cables on this '96 F-150. It's pretty much the same as any '92-'96 F-150, 250, and 350. It's close to the same procedure for almost any truck. You do need a T45 Torx bit and ratchet for this.

If you need to replace one of these tailgate cables, you can see on this one it has a little lock, it's actually already bent up, but should be bent down, so use a small screwdriver or pull it back with your finger. Lift the tailgate up and the top comes out just like that, pretty easily. Okay, so, over here, you want to either have a friend holding it or make sure your other tailgate cables is in good shape. You can see my cables are in pretty good shape, so I'm just going to show you how to take them off and put them back on.

You lift up, remove the upper end of the cable, then you need a T45 Torx bit and a ratchet, and it's pretty easy. Just remove this bolt. Okay, I'm going to fast-forward as I remove that bolt. The bolt actually has a little lock washer that kind of holds it in. So, when you get to a certain point, you can take the tailgate cable, and pull it diagonally to use as a bit of a lever to push out on the head of the bolt while turning the bolt counterclockwise. That will help it come out.

Okay, what we have here is a shouldered bolt. See, you want to make sure when you put the cable back together you don't accidentally tighten it up like this with the shoulder pressing against the tailgate cable. You want to make sure that the bolt goes in nice and flush like that so that the cable still has nice freedom of movement.

Okay, put them back on, and you just have to lock the top one first. That gives you your best idea of how this needs to be. These two ears go against the latch. They make sure that the cable bends properly when you shut the tailgate. And I'm going to take this and lift up my tailgate just a little bit and push that bolt in. Okay, again, make sure the cable is nice and free, and tighten the bolt right up.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T45 Socket

1983 - 1997  Ford  F250 Truck
1983 - 1997  Ford  F350 Truck
1983 - 1997  Ford  F150 Truck
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