Re: how to lower spare tire carrier and take tire of 1989...
if you lower the tail gate you will see a hole in the middle of the bed. Insert the tire crank handle from the tire jack into the hole and crank away and the tire will unwind from a winch.
if the crank is missing or brokrn try the procedure given below
DO THIS ONLY ON EMERGENCIES!! You should CAREFULLY get under the ranger, close to where the spare is supposed to be (the rear part of the vehicle) and then look for the plastic covered (or not) steel wire that pulleys the spare down and cut it. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL because just right after you do this the spare tire will fall down to the floor. Obviously i wouldn't recommend doing this if its not an emergency, because the levering system that rolls the spare tire up and down will be screwed after you do this and you would need to replace it in order to get it functional again. If its not an emergency then do this. Go to the nearest Pep boys and ask anyone there what to do. They will be able to fix it up or to replace the whole system in no time.
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Is this what you have? You can see hinge assembly, the opposite end is what you need to take loose. You can see retainer, take it loose. See the support rod under spare tire, I don't know if you can loosen bolts on both sides, if only one bolt on each side, then swing the support bar out of the way or if you need to take support rod all the way off? Then the spare tire will fall. Just don't get your hand or anything in the way.
Once you have the spare tire off, just keep it in the bed of the truck, that way you won't have to get underneath the vehicle. If your worried about somebody steeling your spare just figure out a way to use chain and pad lock.
I can't see anything from here, so if my info is wrong, I apologize.
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.
in the boot/trunk at the rear of the boot area under the carpet will be a bolt head, usually a 17 mm , which is connected to a hook that hold the spare wheel carrier up. unwind this bolt and the carrier will begin to lower. once you have unwound it a bit, look underneath the vehicle and the wheel will be lower, you can usually lift the rack up and unhook the bolt to lower the rack to slide the spare out. do the reverse when replacing the wheel
hi not sure on your vehicle? but if spare wheel is on a crrier under rear of car ? then to remove it lift up the carpetin boot near the rear crossmember that hatch locks onto you will/may see a head of bolt in a dished hole this bolt head is same size as wheel nuts so use wheel brace and turn bolt anticlockwise as you would to remove wheel nuts keep turning bolt til it stops this actually lowers the carrier with wheel spare then you will see thet there is a hooked bracket at end of bolt just lift carrier and move hook off you can now lower carrier/spare wheel off reinstall is reverse proceedure now a word of advice? lubricate the threaded lowering bolt b4 refit of carrier and do not run vehicle without a wheel on the carrier as carrier can/will jump off hook
Open the tailgate.
Under the carpet close to the tailgate lock is a bolt head.
Use your wheel brace to rotate this nut counter clockwise several turns. This will release and lower your spare. Keep turning the nut until you can unhook the carrier and drop the spare down.
Watch out though, if you unwind the bolt too far, the carrier will drop off the threads and can land on your feet (ouch!!).
Check this site for info- there are 16 different 'keys', so it would probably be best to follow instructions on how to use a 'bolt extractor' to drop the spare tire, and remove the 'key ' insert, so you can lower it w/ a 3/8 drive socket extension in the future, and lock it with a cable lock for security. http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/831281-lost-ford-spare-tire-key-this-works-great.html
Ford's spares are held in place with a cable that's loosened by inserting the jack handle into the cable crank. it's located below the door sill of the rear door. Look for a hole that the jack handle can be inserted and turn counterclockwise. The tire should lower down for you.