How to Take Care of Your Dodge Dakota Tailgate Cable
Tailgate cables support the weight of your Dakota's tailgate, allowing it to carry moderately heavy loads without much of a problem. Even though these cables are tough, they should still be taken care of to ensure they will continue operating without any hiccups. For tips on caring for your dodge Dakota tailgate cable, just read on.
- Avoid putting heavy loads on the open tailgate.
- Load the back of the Dakota properly.
- Inspect the tailgate cable for rust and corrosion.
The tailgates cables are designed to handle relatively heavy loads, but there only so much weight the cables can carry before they break. Allowing them to carry heavy loads over a significant length of time may also put too much stress on the cables to the point of failure. So try not to sit on your pickup's tailgate often and don't even think of having your friends sit along with you.
If you can load the back of your Dakota without the need to open the tailgate, then do so. Understandably, you may occasionally need to have the tailgate down when there are a lot of things to load or when your load is just too big for the truck bed. In that case, be sure to arrange the load in such a way that you don't put too much stress on the tailgate. The majority of the weight should always be concentrated on the truck bed itself. Be sure to distribute the weight on the tailgate evenly so that the tailgate cables on both side will be able to handle roughly the same weight.
Tailgate cables are usually treated with chemicals or a layer of coating to protect it from moisture and other corrosive elements. Sometimes, the protective coating may wear out and get stripped of, exposing the metal cable underneath to the elements. Be sure to check the cables from time to time to ascertain their current condition. If there is extensive rust on the cables, you may have to replace them. This is better than having the tailgate fall off from the back of your truck all of a sudden.