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Removing Spare Tire

I cannot remove the spare tire from underneath the envoy. It seems to be hanging and can spin but it will not come off. I can't figure out how to remove the bracket that is holding it on.
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  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    can not remove spare

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    i cannot get the spare tire to lower. it is being held by the secondary latch. I followed the instructions in the owners manual, but with no success. can you help?

  • mjt0001 Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem - i cannot release the secondary latch on the spare tire.

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I had the same problem and the shop I took it to couldn't get it off either. But I opted for them not to cut it off and I took the truck home to diagnose what the problem was. So to make this short, I got the spare down and the only way you can do the same is by using a flat head screw driver, pliers, and some "Deep Creep" penetrating oil. 
First: if you have the tire down the standard 2" or so, take your pliers and pull at the base of the cable "downwards". (the cable should free from the bracket under the tire that holds it up).
-Then spray penetrating oil around the bracket as this is what is causing it not to release. In the manual it suggests pushing it back up with the jack until it clicks to allow it to come down. Most likely this will not work as dirt and corrosion will freeze the mechanism that acts as the secondary lock. 
-Take your jack and lift up your spare, holding the weight on the rim and not the bracket attached to the winch. This should free up the winch to allow movement. Then taking your flat head screw driver and you will likely need a flash light, look up into the hole where the cable comes from. You will see there are two little teeth attached to it inside holding it to the frame of the winch. First try prying the teeth away from the lip of the hole to allow the bracket to drop. If this doesn't work, then stick your flat head in between the sides of the arm attached to the teeth and pry outwards, allowing the arm to free up enough to allow movement.
This should drop your tire down and avoid the expense of buying another winch after cutting yours. 
Good luck!

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If you slide down the rubber boot over the winch on the top side of the wheel, you will find a plastic cover that you can pry out with a screw driver. This will allow access to the top side of the secondary lock. Rotate the tire / lock while feeling the top side. You will feel a "hook" riding on the perimeter of the hole in the winch. This hook is supposed to retract allowing the lock to lower thru the hole. You can take a hammer and rod and you can drive back the "hook". Be ready, the tire will drop immediately. I took a reciprocating saw and metal blade and cut off the hook feature. Now it is holding up my spare just fine without the secondary lock. Also, there is one 15mm bolt mounting the winch to the frame. If needed, you can also take off that bolt to release the tire and winch from the frame, then it is easier to work on.

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See if there is a nut on the back of it also. you may need 2 wrenches.

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