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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1998-2008 Ford Ranger Tailgate Handle Replacement

Fits Years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


Tools required:
  • T27 Torx Bit and Driver

  • 10mm Socket/Ratchet

  • Penetrating Oil

  • Grease


Step 1: Lower the tailgate and remove the T27 bolts that secure the liner in place.

There will be 8 in total.

Step 2: Remove the access panel exposed by the removal of the liner.

Step 3: Remove the 10mm bolts that hold the tailgate handle in place.


NOTE: You'll want to lubricate the handle mechanism while you have it exposed, as it helps lengthen the life-expectancy of the component.

Step 4: Remove the tailgate handle.

Step 5: Bolt the new tailgate handle into place.

Step 6: Check that the handle is working properly and replace the access panel and bed liner.




Please Note

While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.

And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.


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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
08 2008, 07 2007, 06 2006, 05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998 Ford Ranger Tailgate Handle Replacement Instructions
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