There's not really a secret- unless you forgot to unhook the latch at the bottom, that is. Just pull the flaps on the bottom toward you, and then work your way up one side. Mine worked better if you started on the left, yours might be different. Once you get to the top, pull the whole thing off toward you. The cover is surprisingly flexible so it is a lot less fragile than it feels. Putting it back on is even easier than getting it off. Position the bottom first and then work your way back up to the top.
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Break lugs loose first. Chock opposite front wheel Jack upwhere the sprng meets up to the frame in fornt of the tire. Raise vehicle until tire is free by about 1 inch. Remove lugs swap with spare. Snug lugs then lower trie and then tighten lugs. put jack and chock away. That should take care of it.
Loosen lugs first. Chock opposite front wheel. Put emerengcy brake on. Jack up vehicle where the rear spring meets with the frame. Raise vehicle about 1 inch swap tires. Install lugs snug. Lower vehicle till tire just touches the ground then tighten lugs. Finish lowering the jack and remove chock place both in vehicle.
Start truck, release jack and continue on your way. Make sure spare has proper amount of air. If not go to gas station and fill tire. If low on air do not go over 30 mph. Hope this helps.
If the vehicle came with a spare tire then yes you can use it. As to whether or not it is a full size spare tire I wouldn't be able to answer that, as on some models a full sized spare is an option and I have no way of knowing if that option was purchased or not.
Check your Owners Manual for the location of the Spare Tire Release. Either underneath the carpet, or behind a cover: there should be a Nut shaped Spare Tire Release that you have to turn (should be counterclockwise) which turns the cable mechanism, which will lower the spare tire. Once the cable has been fully extended, pull the spare tire out from underneath the vehicle. Move the tire slightly back "up" onto the cable and turn the "cap" so you can fit the cap back through the hole in the middle of the tire.
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The area under the spare tire in my 2002 Highlander has been filling with water, sometimes becoming so full that it overflows when driving and soaks the carpets all the way up to the front seats. The problem, which I finally figured out today, was small cracks, just above the point where the air cylinders that hold the tail gate open are connected to the body. The cracks on both sides were apparently never sealed during assembly. Water flowing back over the top is supposed to enter the slot between the roof and the top of the tail gate, flow down either side, and then exit over the rear bumper. In my case, water was flowing into the aforementioned cracks, down inside the vehicle, and accumulating in the wells on either side of the spare tire compartment, as well as the area under the spare time. My solution was to seal the cracks with a silicone sealent. This has to be a design or assemble fault, but the fix was too simple to bother the dealer. Now I just neet a week of sunshine to dry the Highlander out.
Location of the spare tire and tools
The spare tire and tools for your vehicle are stowed in the following
Spare tire Under the vehicle, just forward of
the rear bumper
Jack assembly Under the third row bench seat in
the tool bag
Removing the jack and tools
1. Lift the 3rd row seat cushion.
2. Remove the jack assembly from the bag under the seat.
Removing the spare tire
1. Open the liftgate, locate the U-shaped slits in the carpet, and flip up
the piece of carpet to expose the hex nut.
2. Insert the lug nut wrench on the
hex nut in cargo floor.
3. Turn the wrench
counterclockwise until tire is
lowered to the ground and the cable
is slightly slack.
4. Remove the retainer from the
spare tire. It may be necessary to
lift one end of the tire to disengage