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How do you replace the tailgate cables on a 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup?

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2008-08-06 02:25:22

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!

Good luck.

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