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Old 02-19-2010, 10:36 PM
mysteryman mysteryman is offline
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tailgate cables

Question: is this a good idea, or do you see a problem on the horizon that I don't. I once had a tailgate support cable snap (luckily the tailgate did not get damaged) as the cable rusted away. I saw immediately what had happened. The two open ends point up all day collecting water in the 'belly' (halfway point of the cable where it folds when the tailgate is up). Since then, I take my new cables that have never been outdoors and silicone the two open ends. So far so good. Now that I have discovered Fluid Film I am thinking of taking a new set of cables (my current siliconed set is six years old) and injecting fluid film into the two open ends to permeate the cables and preserve them. Is this a good idea? Should I do this and then silicone the ends for added assurance of water not rusting the cables? Should I soak the cables in fluid film (I can't imagine that there's anything on them that the Fluid Film can damage) to really get it inside the cable rather than injecting it? or, should I simple silicone the cables without Fluid Film? Has anybody done this?? Thanks for your responses.

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