1999 Caravan : Spare Tire Stuck

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Roger, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Hi Folks,

    Please let me know if there is any trick to getting the spare tire off.
    When I crank it down, only the cable comes down. The t-bar that holds
    the tire on is stuck to the mechanism above it. It is loosely held in there.
    It wobbles around, but won't come down.

    Thanks in advance,
    Roger, Sep 11, 2005
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  2. You can try to crank it up real tight, really really tight much tighter than
    it was,
    then let it out and when the tire stops coming down, let a bit more out then
    use a pry bar on the tire, let a bit more out, pry it some more, and repeat
    the process.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Sep 11, 2005
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  3. Roger

    jdoe Guest

    There is a safety catch that is a rube goldberg contraption. Look up through
    the slots in the wheel and you'll see the catch. It will be towards the rear
    of the vehicle. You'll need to reach up in there (while the wheel is cranked
    up) and pull back on the catch and have a second person start to let the
    spare down while you keep the catch back. Once it's off you'll see what
    caused your grief. You can than either fix it or disable it. Keep in mind
    it's there because many earlier vans lost there spares because the cable
    would rust away and it would fall out. This keeps that from happening.
    jdoe, Sep 11, 2005
  4. Roger

    tim bur Guest

    give it a good kick

    tim bur, Sep 11, 2005
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