Hi, I took off my spare tire mount because someone ran into and it was bent. So now i need to know how to put it back on. When I took the rack off I heard the bolts drop down so I know i have to get a way to access those bolts but when i tried to get the inside door panel off I couldn't figure out how. If anybody has any knowledge in how to do this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: spare tire mount
There are two philips screws holding the hand rail in place , there is a screw holding the door handle cover in place and the rest is held on by push in clips which you could use a fork to remove them with.
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out of balance/bent wheel/tire out of round
damaged or severely worn suspension components/frame
steering stabilizer (like a horizontal shock absorber) if applicable
steering box or rack needs replacement
front end alignment
worn ball joints/ macphereson strut assembly
-these areas are where you should start and eliminate possible causes
that person is correct. remove the wheel and look at the tie rods. this vehicle uses a rack and pinion system so look at the rod connecting the rack to the outer tie rod. you will more than likely endup replacing the inner tie rod. then take it to an alignment shop and get it aligned.
the montero spare cover is a two pc cover the keepers go into the pc that is mounted under the tire,before you try to put the cover on look at the other pc and see where the slots are,to make it easier to install get the tire and the cover soaked with water so it can slide easier,put the retainers into the slots and turn 90 degrees-good luck
the cable is sufficient to hold the weight of the tire. Someone probably cut yours and took your tire.Aside from putting the spare tire in the hatchback there really isnt another option. They make locks for the hole in the bumper, however that wont stop someone with bolt cutters from cutting the cable.
The older model fords had a metal plate that would drop down and you set the tire on it and then pushed it back up and you could put a padlock on it. IT may be too expensive to modify than to just replace your tire.
Unless your entire rack is loose, there's nothing you can tighten, but it sounds like you have a wheel problem, more than a steering problem. It's either out of balance or the rim is bent. Try putting your spare tire on that one, and see if the problem persists. Even if your steering is out of whack completely, it won't cause a vibration... just bad steering.