Where your quarter inch air ratchet won't fit, it's nice to always have a ratcheting set of box wrenches for removing hinge bolts. Learn how to replace a tailgate from a certified professional in this free automotive video.
Now that I've removed the tensioner, I can remove the bolts from the hinge to take the gate off. Where your quarter inch air ratchet won't fit, it's nice to always have a ratcheting set of box wrenches. Now I'm removing and loosening the bolts on the gate. I'm not going to remove the last two until I use an air chisel to loosen the hinges off of the gate. Now I'm going to remove support straps from the left and right side of the gate. Now I'm going to be wrapping the cable strap, the nuts and bolts on the end of the gate with tape so I don't lose anything. Now, before I remove the last two bolts on the hinges, I'm going to use an impact gun, an air chisel, to loosen up the hinges off of the lift gate due to corrosion.