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Old 10-18-2010, 05:55 AM
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Default Tailgate Handle Broke

So my tailgate handle broke. The left side is broken, therefore, I can not open my tailgate. The right side is still attached. It is broken at the handle, nothing truly internal. When I pull the handle now, only the right side "unlatches." Therefore, any advice on new handle? Where to buy it? Is it easy to replace? How easy is finding a metal one, to prevent it from happening again?
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:12 AM
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get a tailgate handle from a 93-97 ranger. They are metal and will not break
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:36 AM
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Those will work on my 2001?
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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Default Re: Tailgate Handle Broke

I replaced mine two years ago and it seems like its going to break again. I only paid 10 bucks for it new at ford but i should have gone with a metal one. It should be fine on your truck
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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you can use either. Junkyard would get you a good cheap one. Ebay even has them fairly cheap and yes, very easy to replace
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:53 AM
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I like easy to replace. I mean I have good mechanical sense. Where should I start when it comes to replacing?
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:07 AM
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pop the tailgate cover off on the inside. Then in the latch itself there are 2 nuts to take off, I believe 10mm size. Reach under pull the handle out and put it back in reverse order
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:12 AM
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Awesome, thanks a lot. I will order it now.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:13 AM
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ok, just keep in mind the metal handles will work, but they arent as wide as the plastic ones
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:20 AM
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Still look good?
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:05 AM
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Yeah it will be fine.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:08 AM
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yah, it looks fine, and you dont have to worry about it breaking!
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:19 AM
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That's the most important part right there. Thanks guys.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:12 PM
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Default Re: Tailgate Handle Broke

Also while you have that apart, it would help to spray some wd-40 onto the parts inside, my handle broke because everything was stiff in there, & the oil helped it alot.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:25 AM
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Default Re: Tailgate Handle Broke

Yeah, I bought the new one, metal, and replaced it. However, the new one is smaller in width and height, but it does work. I think I will just send it back and exchange it with an original. I mean hey, this one took 10 years to brake. Also, this metal one does not cover the wholes the same, so I am nervous water is going to get in there and rust it all up. Therefore, I think I am going to just go with the original. Thanks for the help everyone.
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