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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1987-1996 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 Tailgate Handle Replacement

Fits years: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996

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Tools required:
  • T30 Torx Driver

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension


Step 1: Open the vehicle's tailgate, if possible.

NOTE: If your vehicle has a bed liner, you will need to remove it from the tailgate before proceeding.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screws (4) that secures the access panel to the tailgate.

Step 3: You can now lift and remove the access panel.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the handle to the tailgate.

Step 5: You can now twist and slide the handle through the OUTSIDE of the tailgate.

Step 6: To mount the new handle, lift the locking mechanism and slide it into place.

Step 7: Tighten the 10mm bolts (2) to secure the handle to the tailgate.


NOTE: We recommend spraying some penetrating oil on the handle mechanisms, as they often seize over time.

Step 8: Reattach the access panel by tightening the T30 Torx screws.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

87 1987, 88 1988, 89 1989, 90 1990, 91 1991, 92 1992, 93 1993, 94 1994, 95 1995, 96 1996 Replacement Instructions

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