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Old 11-12-2006, 02:35 PM
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Default Spare Tire Won't Come Down?

I have a flat tire and want to put on the spare tire. I think I had the spare on once, maybe 3 years ago, but the tire will not come down. I turned the release nut counter clockwise, the cable is coming out, but the tire only dropped a few inches. The center piece that holds the tire is not dropping with the cable. Am I missing something, is there a hook or release. Any suggestions on how to get it unstuck?

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Old 11-13-2006, 04:42 AM
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Default RE: Spare Tire Won't Come Down?

Get under it and kick the crap out of it and wiggle it a little. I've seen those things have the darnest things happen to them. Get stuck, cable mechanisms get tangled. Hope it works out for you.
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:52 PM
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Default 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.
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:42 AM
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Default RE: Spare Tire Won't Come Down?

My locking mechanism was rusted in place. I just removed it, the tire is now held up just by the crank, worked for 3 years now.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:15 PM
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The answer is in this great video!!
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