What to Do during a Toyota Tacoma Tailgate Cable Failure
A tailgate is found at the rear end of your Toyota Tacoma, which allows you to load cargo or any other equipment into your pickup without much trouble. Unloading them from your truck bed also becomes an easy task because of this component. The tailgate is composed of a mechanism that enables it to be lowered. And once it is lowered, something has to support its weight so that it won't fall off-a job specifically made for the tailgate cable. However, it is bound to fail every once in a while. Here are the usual causes of a Toyota Tacoma tailgate cable failure:
Wear and tear
A tailgate cable is inevitably prone to wear and tear. Although it is flexible enough to allow the opening and closing of your tailgate without strain, time will come when it would become worn, loose, or overstretched due to age or careless use. Furthermore, a defective tailgate cable would mean a malfunctioning tailgate. There is a high tendency for the tailgate to open excessively. In this case, you need to replace your tailgate cable immediately.
Replacing a Toyota Tacoma tailgate cable is pretty simple. All you need to do is open the tailgate and take out the cable. You may find the cable secured with bolts. Unscrew these bolts to free the tailgate cable. Then, simply attach the replacement cable. This job would be easier if you have someone to assist you. Also, make sure your new cable is of superior quality, so you won't have to deal with another damaged tailgate cable for a long time.
Corrosion and breaking
Yes, a tailgate cable can corrode as well. Its ends are usually made of steel, and water can easily flow in through the cable especially when the tailgate is closed. So once the tailgate cable gets exposed to water, it begins to run the risk of eventually rusting away. In addition to that, a corroded tailgate cable tends to weaken. So when you put too much weight on it, the cable could possibly break. Provide a replacement for your damaged tailgate cable. Also, consider sealing both ends of your new cable with a sealant.