How to get it down? I tried turning the nut counter clockwise and it got tighter, so I went the other way till the whole tire was so lose that I was able to spin it but it's still hanging up there about an inch or so down from the under side of the floor?
I found the secret, The tire is suspended buy a cable on a winch, there is a nut on the right hand side under the carpet when you open the rear hath. You turn that counter clockwise to lower and you turn the support sideways trough the hole in rime of tire.
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Before doing anything make sure you have air in your spare..,A good Jack and spare tire removal kit....The kit should be under or behind the passenger seat..I don't like the factory Jack it comes with because sometimes you need a good strong block of wood to achieve the height you need to contact the vehicle..and sometimes they don't work correctly...Some spare tire release tools are under the hood..It is a long skinny rod ...You have to use rod or rod kit to stick through the rear bumper at the slot and turn the rod counterclockwise after you feel the rod connect with the release mechanism..,Lower the spare until it touches the ground then keep turning so you can have enough slack to remove cable from spare tire...Set parking brake while in park and use the lug nut removal tool to break loose the lug nuts before raising vehicle..They are removed counter clockwise..Don't take nuts off just break them loose...Block front wheels for safety with anything solid you can find if you are stranded..If you can't find anything rely on parking brake..It should be safe in park but safety first....Jack vehicle up..,remove all lug nuts put them in a safe clean place don't lose them..Remove flat tire..Install spare..Start each lug nut and tighten them all tight by hand..Snug each nut clockwise in a star pattern ..Get them good and tight but don't try to hurt yourself or break the stud...Lower vehicle,remove Jack..Snug each lug nut once again for safety..Put flat in truck bed for now rather than back in the spare storage area because it has to be repaired..Crank spare cable that held spare under truck clockwise until it stops.Remove tool..,Gather all tools used., remove blocks from front tires.,Head to a tire store...
Hi, the spare tire is stored on the underside of the vehicle, under the right-side cargo door. The bolt is located in a recessed area that is protected by a small square plastic covering. To remove the spare tire, find and remove the bolt cover, then use your lug nut wrench to loosen the bolt holding the tire.
Remove the spare tire fastener's plastic cover, place the lug nut wrench onto the lug nut holding the tire onto the bolt, turn the wrench in a counter-clockwise direction until the tire is released and reaches the ground.
Inside the rear compartment, right above where the spare tire is located, there should be a small H shaped **** in the carpet, lift the flaps and there will be a nut to conect the lug wrench to. Just put the wrench on there and start turning, it takes a while to get it low enough to remove the tire. Hope this helps you.
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.
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.
Couple of choices here....look for an access panel in the rear of the caro area on the side wall, it should remove...look there and there will be instructions. If not there, look for a little plastic square tab on the floor in the very back of your van, pop that up and it should look like a nut or something and you place the jack handle on that and spin down the spare from the underside.