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Rusted spare tire release mechanism

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SOURCE: FORD F-250 Spare Tire

Have someone pry down on the tire while turning...

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SOURCE: spare tire location for ford feestyle

1).First you will need a jack, and a socket wrench.

2).Look under the trunk section at the bottom to first find the tire.

3).lift up the truck with the jack then get the spare tire underneath.

4).Use the socket wrench to unscrew the bolt's (turn left to loosen turn right to tighten).

5).Take out the bad tire and replace it with the spare.

6).Place the bolts back in place.

7).Lower the car back down .

8).Through the bad tire and your tools back in the trunk.

9).Your all done and can now leave.

(Note - Do not touch the engine or try to operate the car while doing this).

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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SOURCE: need to access the spare tire on a 2000 ford

Hello!
To get the tire down you just need to assemble the jack handle extensions through a hole above the license plate, it is visible with the tailgate closed. It can be a bit of a pain to get the extension to engage with the little winch that holds up the tire, but it will go on, once you get the extension on just put the tire wrench on the extensions(the wrench has square opening in it for this) and just wind the tire down till you have enough slack to take out the cable that runs through the hole in the center of the rim.

Hope this helps and good luck!

-KC GTO Dad

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SOURCE: how to release spare tire (93 ford explorer xlt

if the older ford expedition are the same as my ford truck take jack handle insert just above license plate
there is a place close to tire that is oval shapped
the hook part of the jack handle insert into the oval then from memory turn counter clockwise to lower tire to ground until you can remove catch from center of tire

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

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SOURCE: How to lower spare tire

Find a plastic cover located in the carpet at the back right corner. Lift the cover to locate a nut the size of a lugnut of your tires. Using the van's lugnut wrench, turn nut counter-clockwise to lower the spare tire. Have fun and don't pinch yourself while removing the tire.

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