RE: Spare Tire Won't Come Down?
I have had the same thing happen to my '02. There is a cam that when you crank the tire in the "down" direction is supposed to open a pin and allow that center piece on the end of the cable and in the middle of the wheel to slide through. What is happening is that mechanism is not working properly. You will have to get a long screw driver, stick it through the wheel holes and pry that pin open. It is tricky to do because its hard to see and work through the small openings in the wheel. Don't have too much slack in the cable so when you do pop the retainer the tire doesn't drop on you, but have enough slack so when the pin is opened far enough, the unit will drop down from it. Bring a shop light with you when you crawl under the van! Good Luck.