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

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.
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?
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.

About This Instructable


3 favorites


Bio: Known as 1ATony on the internet, I handle all of the marketing for 1A Auto Parts, a family owned national retailer of high quality auto ... More »
More by 1ATony: How to Replace the Rear Transfer Case Tailshaft Seal on a Full-Size Chevy Blazer, Chevy Truck, GMC Jimmy or GMC Truck How to Replace a Tailgate Handle on a 1998-2011 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck How to Remove a Window Regulator on a 1997-2003 Ford Expedition, Ford F-150 and Lincoln Navigator
Add instructable to: