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I have a 2004 chevy silverado and i'm having trouble getting the spare tire to lower. It lowered about 3 or 4 inches but now it seems the cable is off track in the hoist. I believe the cable is jammed in there making it unable to turn. when i try to turn the hoist it makes a clicking noise, the same noise it makes when your tire is completely tightened. If you have any quick fixes let me know. I'll pry end up trying to take the bolts out that hold the hoist up ... or cut the cable. Thanks.

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$$ 5.00 SOLUTION $$$ all you need is a vise, hand grinder and a 1/4" drill bit. Here's the deal. There's a pawl inside the sealed area that contains the spool. When the spool over extends the pawl is moved towards the outer edge of the spool preventing it from turning. How stupid is this? Well, almost as stupid as the eccentric gear inside the unit. Damnedest thing I'd ever seen. Enough commentary. Here's the fix. Remove the 15 mm bolt (it has a ton of Loctite on it) and remover the entire unit. Secure the winch in a vise. There are five rivets that hold it together. Grind the heads off and punch them out of the housing. (Make sure you only grind the heads that go all the way through both sides of the housing.Then bend the outer housing back about an inch or so for enough room to access the spool. You will see a brass colored pawl that has likely rotated towards the outer edge of the spool. You will now see the magnificent monument to Murphy's Law. Unwind the cable to the end and rotate the pawl back towards the centerline of the spool. Rewind and grease the hell out of the gear race with a heavy bodied grease. (Not WD-40.) You will need to drill out the rivet holes with a 1/4" drill bit and replace the rivets with 1/4" x 2" bolts with lock nuts. On the upper two, grind off the excess to allow space for return. There are a couple of plastic parts that align the shaft to the bumper don't forget these.
For $5 and about an hour time (mostly marveling at the engineering feat) you can save yourself $150.

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    $$ 5.00 SOLUTION $$$ all you need is a vise, hand grinder and a 1/4" drill bit. Here's the deal. There's a pawl inside the sealed area that contains the spool. When the spool over extends the pawl is moved towards the outer edge of the spool preventing it from turning. How stupid is this? Well, almost as stupid as the eccentric gear inside the unit. Damnedest thing I'd ever seen. Enough commentary. Here's the fix. Remove the 15 mm bolt (it has a ton of Loctite on it) and remover the entire unit. Secure the winch in a vise. There are five rivets that hold it together. Grind the heads off and punch them out of the housing. (Make sure you only grind the heads that go all the way through both sides of the housing.Then bend the outer housing back about an inch or so for enough room to access the spool. You will see a brass colored pawl that has likely rotated towards the outer edge of the spool. You will now see the magnificent monument to Murphy's Law. Unwind the cable to the end and rotate the pawl back towards the centerline of the spool. Rewind and grease the hell out of the gear race with a heavy bodied grease. (Not WD-40.) You will need to drill out the rivet holes with a 1/4" drill bit and replace the rivets with 1/4" x 2" bolts with lock nuts. On the upper two, grind off the excess to allow space for return. There are a couple of plastic parts that align the shaft to the bumper don't forget these.
    For $5 and about an hour time (mostly marveling at the engineering feat) you can save yourself $150.

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Cut the cable and if the wheel is even usable
from rust,don't put it back under in the weather

That is one of the car makers stupid ideas

It rusts in place so you have no spare

Mine fell out on the street while driving, after it rusted
away ,and the wheel brought tears to your eyes

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