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Most under body spare winches are driven by either a cross or a loop on the end of the bar. The winch will be a hollow bar with a slot cut across it so either will do the job. Remember that the winch is locked and requires some initial effort to release the clutch in the winch so that you can wind it down
If the spare is under the back use the winding handle and inset in the slot of the winch. The winch has a clutch activation that allows you to wind it down or up and stops it at the last position you stopped at. It will be a bit hard to start but will turn freely when you do so
it should be right behind your rear bumper up under your van. The way it is removed is to take your tire iron extension bars that should have come with your vehicle and assemble them. then you should see a hole near your license plate tag or somewhere on your bumper to stick the rod in ( sometimes the hole has a lock that your ignition key should unlock) then you turn the crank handle and lower down your tire.
Hello! Here is procedure to remove spare tire...Guru...saailer
Park on a level surface and put on the emergency brake. If the car is near the side of a road, switch on the hazard lights.
Locate the tire repair kit. It consists of a jack, a jack rod
and a wheel nut wrench. In the regular cab, pull the entire seat bench
forward. The tools are located behind the drivers seat. The King cab
model has a tool case located directly behind the driver's seat. The Crew cab stows the tools behind the back bench. Pull the bench forward and remove the tools.
Insert the square end of the jack rod into the square hole in the nut wrench. This gives the jack rod a handle.
Find an oval shaped hole in the back of the truck under the
middle of the tailgate. Look through the hole and find the winch for the
spare tire. It is a circle with two notches.
Insert the T-shaped end of the jack rod into the hole. Slip the T-shape into the double notched circle of the winch.
Turn the jack rod counterclockwise to lower the spare tire to the ground.
When the tire is completely lowered to the ground, remove the center retainer chain and pull the tire out from under the truck.
Wind the jack rod clockwise to completely retract the retainer chain
What's happening is that the latch is not releasing - a safety feature
so the tire doesn't drop down onto the road should the cable or assembly rust/break etc. While researching I got this info from another
forum: Jack up the rear of the van.
Wind the spare "up". now put your jack under the spare to support its
weight. Then "unwind" it. now look up through the spare to the winch
assembly. You'll see a latch at the back - towards the rear of the van.
Reach in with a long screwdriver and release it by moving it towards
the rear of the van. If you've unwound the winch you should be able to
move the plastic holder downwards. Once you've done this you can allow
the tire to come down and remove it. Now remove the winch assembly - 5
or 6 bolts. Odds are you'll see apiece of wire hanging or it may have
fallen out. You'll also see a spring clip - it clips onto the underside
so when you unwind the winch it should pull the aforementioned latch to
release the tire. You should be able to get this back in place by
fiddling with it, or just attach a wire to the latch to work it
manually. Or buy a new winch assembly - approx. $150. Good luck
I have a '02 TrailBlazer and I had the same problem. When I got a flat and went to change the tire on the side of the road I was not able to get the tire off the winch. Luckly, I have AAA and the driver knew the trick to getting the tire free. The process involved lowering the tire as far as it would go and then kicking it. Wind back up and repeat until the winch free's itself.
When I took the car into the shop to get the tire fixed and the have the spare put back on the car, they were not able to get the winch free enough to put the tire back on. They said that is is a common problem with this mechanism and suggested replacing the winch system (estmated parts and labor $215). From what I can tell the winch accumulates rust up in the cable and locks up.