Picture of How to Replace Tailgate Cables on a 1993-2011 Ford Ranger
1A Auto shows you how to repair, fix, change or replace broken, snapped, rusted, frayed or cut tailgate cables / straps on 1993-2011 Ford Ranger models. The actual vehicle shown is a 2004 Ford Ranger. You will first learn how to remove your existing tailgate cables, and then how to install replacements.

To watch this repair being done, please watch the full video below:

Video Source: http://www.1aauto.com/content/video/how-to-replace-tailgate-cables-on-a-1993-2011-ford-ranger

Tools Needed for this Repair:

    T45 Torx Bit and Ratchet

Step 1: Make sure that the tailgate is supported

Picture of Make sure that the tailgate is supported
When doing this repair make sure your tailgate is supported so that when the cable is removed the tailgate doesn't drop down and get dented by the bumper.
blkhawk1 year ago
I have a Mazda B2500 that is the same thing as a Ford Ranger. The tailgate when close latches on one side but not the other. Do you know how to fix it?
1ATony (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
Hi blkhawk. You would have to take a look inside, but it sounds like possibly a stuck/stretched linkage between the handle and latches or a frozen/rusted latch. Hope that helps.