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