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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1991-2001 Ford Explorer, Mazda Navajo Tailgate Strut Replacement

Fits years: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

All Ford Explorer for sale Tools required:
  • Flathead screwdriver (small)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's tailgate.

NOTE: Due to the nature of this installation, remember that the tailgate will not stay up on its own. We recommend using a long 2x4 or a ladder to prop up the tailgate, though if you have access to an assistant for about 5 minutes that would be ideal!

Step 2: Using the flathead screwdriver, pry the retaining clip that caps each end of the supporting strut.

You will see a small slot for the head of the screwdriver.

Step 3: By slightly lifting the tailgate, you can now disconnect the strut from the upper attachment point.

Step 4: After disconnect the lower attachment point, you can now remove the support strut from the vehicle.

Step 5: With a firm "hit", you can snap each end of the support strut onto its mounting ball.


NOTE: Remember, the slider casing (the thicker end) should be at the top, with the slim end at the bottom.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

91 1991, 92 1992, 93 1993, 94 1994, 95 1995, 96 1996, 97 1997, 98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001 Ford Explorer Replacement Instructions

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