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Can't lower spare tire, stuck on safety device

I tried to lower my spare tire on my 2006 traiblazer and after several turns it stopped and clicked. The manual said it was 2nd safety device and I followed the manual the best I could and it didn't work.

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The mechanism (hoist) is bad. It is a sealed unit and will need to be replaced. They are approx. $130 from a dealer. I bought a used one on EBAY for $70 and it works fine. They are not very robust and the dealer has them in stock. To get the tire down I had to cut the cable. The replacement is fairly easy. The assembly comes out with 3 bolts.

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There are many solutions posted to this common problem and they all miss the mark by a wide margin. There are two ways the spare tire could be stuck: 1. the latch could be rusted stuck in the closed position. 2. the latch could be stuck in the open position. For case 1 the latch will not come down until a flange that forces the latch open clears the enclosing housing. There is just one valid posted solution to this problem here:
This is basically useless because it will force the latch into the open position which will prevent the tire lowering anyway and it is hard to do. If the latch device is rusted so bad that a type 1 problem occurs the latch will most likely not retract under normal operation. Here is the solution which will solve both cases. Lower the cable until there is a little slack, about an inch. Follow the cable from the end clamp to the tube (about 1/4 " OD) it feeds through. It is this tube that rusts and prevents the latch from releasing. Spray the rust buster on the outside of this tube. It should freely slide up and down. To free it take a pair of vise grips or good pliers and rotate it. Keep on rotating it and spraying rust buster until you are able to push it up and down. Rotate it while pushing up and down. When it goes up and down with little resistance you are done. Just crank the cable until it is supporting the tire and lower it. This is about a 10 minute job

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I had a similar problem with my 2003 Chevy Tahoe. The info at this link worked for me. Copy and paste the link into your browser...I'm not sure if clicking on it will work.

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