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Spare tire winch on gmc van

The winch will not operate ..seems the tube to the winch has disconnected from the device itself due to the pin breaking off...what can i do to get the spare down?

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  • alidadadseta Nov 20, 2008

    There is only way to release you should cut the round pice with sawzal and get the new unit 252.50 plus tax at the dealer

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SOURCE: Spare tire winch

This unfortunately is a common problem, you will have to cut the cable and replace the tire winch, luckily they are cheap.

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SOURCE: Underbody Spare Tire Cable Assembly

best place would be in a junk yard

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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SOURCE: replacing spare tire winch 2004 chev trailblazer

I have a '02 TrailBlazer and I had the same problem. When I got a flat and went to change the tire on the side of the road I was not able to get the tire off the winch. Luckly, I have AAA and the driver knew the trick to getting the tire free. The process involved lowering the tire as far as it would go and then kicking it. Wind back up and repeat until the winch free's itself.

When I took the car into the shop to get the tire fixed and the have the spare put back on the car, they were not able to get the winch free enough to put the tire back on. They said that is is a common problem with this mechanism and suggested replacing the winch system (estmated parts and labor $215). From what I can tell the winch accumulates rust up in the cable and locks up.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: My problem is when I try to lower my spare tire

CAN YOU PULL ON THE TIRE WHILE YOU LOWER IT. IT MIGHT BE GETTING CAUGTH UP IN THE CABLE HOUSING

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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SOURCE: spare tire winch would not allow the tire to be

I'm sure the dealer can get one, or any salvage yard.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

bigguy810
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SOURCE: I just recently bought a

that's going to be a dealer item unless you call around to the junk yards and hope fully they
might have one laying around

hope this helps you
bob

Posted on May 24, 2011

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I have a '02 TrailBlazer and I had the same problem. When I got a flat and went to change the tire on the side of the road I was not able to get the tire off the winch. Luckly, I have AAA and the driver knew the trick to getting the tire free. The process involved lowering the tire as far as it would go and then kicking it. Wind back up and repeat until the winch free's itself.

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