Re: tryin to take spare tire out comes down 6" then...
Well, this can be easier or a bit harder. Mine was harder. You are stuck on the secondary tire lock. There is a process in your manual that involves lowering the tire as far as it goes with the secondary lock, then placing your tire jack under the center of the tire holder and jack it back up until its tight to the frame - this should release the secondary lock.
In my case this did not work. Plan B, is grab a 15 mm socket, small extension and ratchet. Lower the tire as far as it goes. Locate the 15mm bolt that attaches the tire hanger to the frame, undo the bolt, the hanger is then swinging from the back, lift up the tire and bracket and it will fall off. be careful the tire is heavy.
Next on the top of the tire you will see a rubber cover the secondary lock slides into. Pull down the boot. You will see two holes along the bottom on the opposite side to the crank. Turn the bottom part of the lock. If you look in the holes you can see where the catch is. Take a slot screw driver and hammer, line up the catch and tap it back in.
The secondary lock is now free.
Remember when reinstalling the bolt on the frame to use some locktite.
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As there is no tire on it pulling down, you might need someone to pull down on the cable while you crank it down. The cables can get a memory to them where they will not come down without weight on them.
It's probably pretty badly rusted. Put the spare in the rear of the car, and wire the cable up to something so it won't drag until you can work on it.
When you can, spray a huge amount of WD40 into the mechanism. Repeat several times. Work the mechanism back & forth again & again with its crank handle - you might get lucky, it might free up. If not... you'll just have to carry the spare inside the car unless you're willing to replace the spare carrier mechanism.
There is a little "Y" at the end of the cable that goes through the center hole of the wheel. When the cable is lowered almost to the ground you get up to the tire and press up a bit on it and turn they "Y" metal sideways and the tire will drop off. If you can get it to lower all the way to the ground you can just turn the end "Y" sideways and pull it through the wheel.
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.
You must unwind (counter clockwise) with the tire tools that come with the truck, sometimes the cable gets jammed on the spool it may take 2 people to get it loose,one must pull down on the spare while the other unwinds it. Try not to get under the tire as it is heavy.
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.
Here is how to fix it: -The tire will lower about 2 inches then stop.
-Lower the cable another couple of inches. Lie on your back under the tire and lift the tire weight off the cable.
- With your third hand (get a helper - I used one hand to lift the tire) reach up and over the tire to the wench down tube. You will feel a wire connected to a square piece of metal. Pull on that metal piece, it should pop back for you releasing the tire.(You may have to pull up-and-out if it has a little rust on it.) -While you have the tire down, clean up the mechanism and apply some grease.
This is a really stupid idea from Chrysler ! , but if you get rust on this you have to go through all of this, ridiculous ! , but that is what you have to do.
Please let me know how it goes.
If the spare tire does not lower to the ground,the secondary latch is engaged causing the tire not to lower Your vehicle has an underbody-mounted tire hoist assembly equipped with a secondary latch system.It is designed to stop the spare tire from suddenly falling off your vehicle if the cable holding the spare tire is damaged.For the secondary latch to work,the tire must be stored with the valve stem pointing up. 1.Check under the vehicle to see if the cable is visible.If it is not visible proceed to Step 6. 2.If visible,first try to tighten the cable by turning the wheel wrench clockwise until you hear two clicks or feel it skip twice.You cannot overtighten the cable. 3.Loosen the cable by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise three or four turns. 4.Repeat this procedure at least two times.If the spare tire lowers to the ground continue with Step 2 of removing the Spare. 5.Turn the wrench counterclockwise until approximately 6 inches (15 cm) of cable is exposed. 6.Attach the jack handle,extension and the wheel wrench to the jack and place it under the vehicle towards the front of the rear bumper.Position the center lift point of the jack under the center of the spare tire. 7.Turn the wrench clockwise to raise the jack until it lifts the end fitting. 8.Continue raising the jack until the spare tire stops moving upward and is held firmly in place. 9.Lower the jack by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise.Keep lowering the jack until the spare tire slides off the jack or is hanging by the cable. 10.Disconnect the jack handle from the jack and carefully remove the jack.Use one hand to push against the spare while firmly pulling the jack out from under the spare tire with the other hand.
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.