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How to Replace Tailgate Handle 98-11 Ford Ranger

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How to Replace Tailgate Handle 98-11 Ford Ranger

Created on: 2021-01-16

Learn how to replace the tailgate handle for your 98-10 Ford Ranger, with this 1A Auto video.

  1. step 1 :Remove the tail gate handle
    • Remove the tail gate lining by removing the eight T27 Torx bolt
    • Unbolt the two 10 mm nuts securing the tailgate handle.
    • Hit the latch mechanism with penetrating oil and white grease to combat squeakiness.
  2. step 2 :Install the new tail gate handle
    • Place the tail gate handle onto the tailgate.
    • Thread the 10 mm nuts onto the bolts and tighten them up to secure the handle.
    • Install the tail gate lining and bolt it down with your T27 Torx driver.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T27 Torx Driver

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Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality auto replacement parts and the bets service on the internet. Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20 plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly, that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video, we'll be showing you how to replace the tailgate handle on this '04 Ford Ranger, just the same as any '98 on up Ranger and also Mazda. You'll need T27 Torx bit and driver, a 10 mm socket and ratchet, some penetrating oil and some grease. Okay, to replace the tailgate handle on one of these Ford Rangers, it's pretty easy. What you have here, some T27 bolts holding this line on. There's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight of them so I'm going to remove all eight of those. Okay, now this comes up. Put it up there for right now. Okay. One of the access panel here. Looking down there at the back side, you can see two 10 mm bolts right here. I'm going to remove those. While I'm doing this, just a note, usually what happens is this mechanism gets frozen up and the plastic tailgate handle breaks. What you want to do is when you're replacing this, take some time and use some penetrating, get this mechanism working really well and put some grease on it to make sure it stays working well.

You can see the handle as it pulls right now. There's you handle out. You can see these levers are just plastic. Like I said, this gets frozen up and those break off. It's all going to be the same. Okay, it's got a bolt in there just like the original. Okay, I'm going to actually bolt this one back in because it is in okay shape. As I said before, spray this down really well. I'm also going to spray the latches on both sides. This is white grease. Okay, spray everything really good. It's all working right and easy and smooth now. You just basically feed your handle right up and in. The studs will come through- where are you guys? There they are. Replace the mechanism down in with the two 10 mm bolts. Just put it right on there. Just a quick test. It works nicely. You put this panel down. Make sure it's lined up pretty good. Okay, I'll put all these eight Torx screws. We're all set.

We hope this helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality auto replacement parts and the bets service on the internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that serve you on the internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T27 Torx Driver

1998 - 2011  Ford  Ranger
2001 - 2009  Mazda  B2300 Truck
1998 - 2001  Mazda  B2500 Truck
1998 - 2007  Mazda  B3000 Truck
1998 - 2009  Mazda  B4000 Truck

98-11 Ford Ranger Textured Black Tailgate Handle (Dorman)

Ford Mazda Tailgate Handle Dorman 77872

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