My minivan has a flat tire. I've tried to use the spare but I cannot get it to come down. I've followed the manufacturer instructions turning the release nut counter clockwise but to no avail. I sprayed penetrating lubricant on the rusted cable mechanism but no success there. Somewhere here suggested to pull down on tire while someone else turned the release nut and that didnt work. Any ideas out there?
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There is a compartment inside the rear hatch (sometimes on the driver's side and sometimes on the Passenger side) that you can open and your tire changing equipment and instructions will be in there. (unless someone removed it) The jack handle must be used to "crank" the winch to let down the cable that holds the spare tire in place.
Find jack follow instructions to raise vehicle after parking brake is on. Remove lug nuts and take wheel with flat tire off. Replace with the spare tire and tighten lug nuts. lower vehicle, put jack , lug wrench and flat tire in vehicle. Drive to a tire repair store and fix the problem.
on some vans like a caravan, windstar ect. there is a little cap located on the floorboard near the back of the vehicle. you have to pop the hatch to see it. lft the plastic cap to reveal a bolt. take the tire iron/lug wrench and turn this bolt. this lowers the cable that holds the spare under the vehicle. when the tire is low enough you can turn the piece of metal at the end of the cable sideways and feed it thru the center of the rim freeing it from the cable. I had the same issue with my ford windstar minivan. I felt stupid when I finally figured it out. I almost cut the cable!!! i'm sure anything that has the spare underneath the vehicle is simular.
Section 00-02: Lifting, Jacking and Spare Tire Stowage
1995 Aerostar, Ranger, Explorer Workshop Manual
Tire, Spare, Removal, Aerostar
If the Aerostar is a standard length vehicle the spare tire is mounted inside to a carrier at the left rear quarter panel. To remove the spare tire, remove the wing nut and plate. A flat tire can be temporarily stowed in the same location.
If the Aerostar is the bus with a standard length body or extended length (all models), the temporary spare tire is stowed at the rear of the vehicle under the body.
The Aerostar standard length E-4WD bus spare tire is mounted on the floor.
Insert lug nut wrench into the actuator hole and turn counterclockwise until the cable extends to allow the spare tire to be pulled rearward from under the vehicle.
Slide spare tire to the rear and remove the retainer from the wheel.
To stow cable/retainer with spare tire removed, insert cable fitting into carrier rear wall slot, place wheel retainer against the carrier, and turn lug nut wrench clockwise until slack is removed.
The spare tire support cable has an additional safety mechanism prevents the spare tire from falling onto the road should the cable break. This mechanism often gets filled up with road grit and won't release properly when you try and lower the spare. If your spare comes down a few inches then won't go any further then this is your problem. There should be some tin brackets included with your jack that are supposed to hold the spare tire up slightly off of the ground to allow some slack in the cable which usually [but not always] will allow the stuck mechanism to come loose. There is a more detailed description of this procedure in the owners manual. IF the spare won't move at all or the mechanism just won't release no matter what you do then you may have to have the entire spare support mechanism replaced.
Rotate the hoist shaft counterclockwise in order to lower the spare
tire to the ground. Continue to rotate the shaft until the spare tire
can be pulled out from under the vehicle and removed. If the spare tire
does not lower to the ground, the secondary latch is engaged causing
the tire not to lower.
If the secondary latch is engaged and the cable end is visible, perform the following procedure:
the cable by rotating the hoist shaft clockwise until you hear 2 clicks
or feel it skip twice. You cannot overtighten the cable.
Loosen the cable by rotating the hoist shaft counterclockwise 3 or 4 turns.
If the spare tire can be lowered, repeat steps 1 and 2 to see if the spare tire can be removed.
the spare tire cannot be lowered, rotate the hoist shaft
counterclockwise until approximately 15 cm (6 in) of cable is exposed.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Place a transmission jack, or equivalent, under the spare tire.
the center of the transmission jack under the secondary latch release
button at the center of the spare tire. Arrange the arms of the
transmission jack so they will support the tire after it has been
Raise the jack until the spare tire stops moving upward and is firmly held in place, releasing the secondary latch.
the tire. If the spare tire is hanging by the cable, rotate the hoist
shaft counterclockwise until the tire is low enough to remove.
While there is road side assistance that can help in times of need. It's imperative that every driver should know about how to replace a flat tyre. After ascertaining that the tyre is flat, you should check the link which will guide you to change the flat tyre with the spare one, have a look
=> DIY 10 easy steps to change flat tyre => How to Change Flat Tire