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I tried to remove spare tire but it will only drop about 2 inches which is not enough to remove it. Any suggestions?

When i try to lower the spare tire it drops 2 or 3 inches and will not go any further on a 2003 silverado. Any suggestions

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Check your owners manual .There is a saftey catch that will need to be realased by using your bottle jack and tire stops that come with your truck. If you dont have a owners manual. What you can try is taking a floor jack and a socket place it under the spairtire right in the center where the cable holds the tire in place. start jacking it up until the socket hits the square part in the center once the socket is aligned with the square part continue to jack up it should release it . Its a stupid system but it will work if the cable wont allow the tire to drop .I drive a tow truck and this has happened to me several times with people who have this type of system on a GM.

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Very common for the lock mechanism to stick in these vehicles - from corrosion.

CLICK HERE to read similar horror stories, and the fixes.
You're going to have to get dirty for this one...

There are Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) and recalls for this exact problem.

Chrysler knows they have problems with this and should be able to help you at no charge to you.
If not, call the '800' number in your owners manual and complain that you can't change your flat tire because the spare won't drop.

I suggest removing the loch mechanism altogether - there is enough tension in the safety cable to keep it up - or keep it inside the vehicle.

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