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Old 03-13-2004, 08:15 AM   #1
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Tailgate cable replacement

2001 S-10 tailgate cable broke. I bought replacement
on eBay (dealer wants $37 each -- I paid $25 for 2).
It appears I'll have to drill out
the factory rivet and use the rivet and
washer that came with the new cable.
Is this correct?

It also looks like I'll have to do that while the
bracket is still attached to the tailgate since
the tailgate latch is part of the bracket. Can Chevy
have made replacing a cable this involved
or am I missing something??

Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2004, 11:35 PM   #2
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

I don't think you have to drill anything
when i took my tailgate off the cables disconnect from the truck bed and are still on the gate, then there is a hex screw in the tailgate... i believe all you would have to do is take that screw out to replace the cable
Old 03-21-2004, 02:59 AM   #3
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

on my 96 you had to drill out the old rivet.... had three people give me their opinions - they were all the same (this was after a collective WTF?!?! moment). new bolt pops in, c-clip attaches, and you're good to go. be sure to a) put some lithium grease between the parts (cable end --> washer --> bracket) and b) make sure they're facing the right direction.
i don't know where you live, but i got mine for $10 each at NAPA.
hope this helped.

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Old 03-22-2004, 07:17 PM   #4
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

Ok, I dont about anybody else's, but on my 95 S10, you have to cut the original rivet off(dremel works best), pull the oldcable off, use a torxs driver(not hex key) to loosen the mounting plate(do not remove only lossen enough to pop the olod rivet out). once everything is out, the easiest thing to do is put a medium nut(slightly smaller diameter then the rivet.keep matching bolt for later) in between the tailgate and mounting plate, tighten plate back down and then make sure your bolt is not too long, if it is, dremel some off and just tighten it in! It sounds like a pain, but once you have replaced the rivet with a bolt you never have to worry about it again. Ive broken both sides of the cable over the years and now with a bolt, it's only a five minute thing!
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

$7.99 apiece at Autozone
Old 03-26-2004, 12:39 PM   #6
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

this is what happed to me.
http://www.s10forum.com/forum/showth...9&page=1&pp=30
if you fight gm long enough if the cables break and dent your gate you can get a new gate thats what i did
Old 03-27-2004, 05:53 PM   #7
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

There may be a recall eventually...

"General Motors Corp. is recalling about four million 2000-04 full-size pickups worldwide to replace tailgate support cables that may corrode and fracture. If the cables corrode, they may fracture when loads are applied to the tailgate. If both cables fracture, the tailgate would open an additional 10 degrees, resting on the top surface of the rear bumper. The tailgate would drop to a lower position only if the owner had previously removed the rear bumper."

SOURCE: http://www.uautono.com/recalls.html
Old 11-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

I recently bought a 1998 S-10 LS, and the right side cable was broken. I got a replacement cable from a EBay seller, and discovered it came without hardware.
I drilled out the big rivet with 3 successively larger drill bits, finishing with a 21/64" bit. Then I bent in the outside edge, and pushed the rivet out with a hammer and drift. I used a 5/16 x 3/4" button head socket cap screw, the plastic washer between the hinge and the strap, and a 5/16" lock nut (with the nylon insert to keep it from backing out. Here's a link to the screw: http://www.palmerbolt.com/catalog.as...showprevnext=1 Use stainless hardware just in case you have to take it apart someday. Hope this helps.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

Way to bump an 8 1/2 year old thread.
Old 11-06-2012, 01:57 AM   #10
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

That is apparently what comes up with a search...
Old 11-06-2012, 11:00 AM   #11
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Thanks! Heaven knows I try. If there's a better place for it, let me know, and I'll repost it there. Otherwise, we'll leave it there so the next person who wants to know an easy way to replace that unit.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:44 AM   #12
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

There is a saftey recall on these at GM,check with your dealer.

I got mine done for free.
Old 11-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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Re: Tailgate cable replacement

there should be a like button on this thing haha. i just got an 02 s10 and both cables are broke. ill be going to the dealer this weekend. thanks for the info
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