How do you replace the tailgate cables on a 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup?
Very simple. I just did this today on my '99. Go to a Chevy
dealer and get a recall kit: Part #15939908. It comes with two new
cables and two new connecting bolts. (These are for a 2000 Chevy
but it should fit yours okay.)
Use a 3/8" drill bit and drill out the existing rivets. Then use
the 3/8" bit to enlarge the holes in the brackets where the rivets
had been. Now remove the screws holding the mounting brackets into
the tailgate. With the brackets loose, you can install the new
cables with the new connecting bolts using wrenches. Then just put
everything back together and you're set.
It's actually a nice install and if the cables break again, you
can easily replace them with wrenches... no stupid rivets!