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Lowering the spare tire help

While I was changing my shocks I noticed that my spare tire needed some air. I removed the tools that were in the spare kit but couldn't figure out how to lower it.

There was a hole above the rear bumper where the lock was supposed to be. I put the 4 rods together and slid in the flattened end in but couldn't get it to catch.

Anyone have any tips on getting to the spare?

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just keep rotating the rod and it will catch...i only use 2 rods when cranking mine down...more control...try that
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It should work

Take a small penlite flashlight and look to see if something is obstructing the slot where the rod is to fit, I bought a '99 a month ago on which the spare had never been on the ground in all these years, it had a lock in the hole under the tailgate, once I removed it I assembled the four rods together, slid the flat end into place in the mechanism and cranked away. I only had to lower it slightly to allow me to bolt on my receiver hitch without trapping the spare. I figured dirt and road salt would have made it a chore......not so!
If this old thing cooperated yours should, you overlooked something.
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Isn't it the square part that lowers the tire? I think the flat part is just there to pop your center/hub caps off.
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Isn't it the square part that lowers the tire? I think the flat part is just there to pop your center/hub caps off.
nope the flat part lowers the tire
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My "flat" part.. has a bit of a curve to it.
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nope the flat part lowers the tire
lol okay... mine hasn't been on the truck in forever so I couldn't remember. I just keep my spare in the bed!
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The flat section does have a little dogleg in it, it seems to help it stay engaged in the mechanism.
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If that doesn't work just pull down on the tire, it should unwind the cable. Thats how most spares are stolen any how. I hope you have a chain and lock on it.
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