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How-to » Body & Interior » Exterior » How to Replace a Tailgate
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace a Tailgate

PARTS
  • Tailgate
TOOLS
  • Screwdriver
  • DA Sander
  • 3 more tools
STEPS
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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

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This guide does not contain instructions for painting this part. We highly recommend you complete painting the part before installing it.
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Locate and open the tailgate.
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3
Locate the tailgate support straps/cables.
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Remove the support straps/cables from the tailgate.



Tip: Before removing the tailgate from the vehicle you may need to remove or disconnect electrical components.
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Lift the tailgate off the passenger side hinge.
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Pull the tailgate out of the driver's side hinge. Remove the tailgate.
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To install the new tailgate, follow the removal procedures in reverse.
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Close the tailgate and inspect for alignment along the edges.
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Open and close the tailgate to verify repairs.
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