Help! I cannot get the spare tire to lower! I have the key but when I insert it and turn the tire iron it just turns and turns but doesn't lower the spare tire. What can I do to get to my spare tire? Desperate.
We finally got the tire off and the winch off. Sure enough the 6-pointed star spare tire key was not going to work on the 5-pointed star winch (see picture below). Talked to McGard In Orchard Park,NY and they told me what dealers in the area had a master spare tire key set. Got the number from the Master key set and McGard swapped me for the correct spare tire key. Life is good, thanks to nice ladies at McGard.
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it should be right behind your rear bumper up under your van. The way it is removed is to take your tire iron extension bars that should have come with your vehicle and assemble them. then you should see a hole near your license plate tag or somewhere on your bumper to stick the rod in ( sometimes the hole has a lock that your ignition key should unlock) then you turn the crank handle and lower down your tire.
what part is troubling you? If you're looking for the location where you lower the tire, there's a little black door on the bumper, next to the license plate that you have to open, then there's usually a lock to remove with your key, then you insert the tire iron and turn the only direction that it will turn. This will lower the tire so you can get it off the cable, raise it back up, and be on your way.
along with the jack and the tire iron, there should be another metal rod that will have sort of a square, hex, or star shape on one end (this may also be part of the tire iron). with the trunk open, look along the top edge of the bumper and you should see a hole that you insert the rod into and then crank it to lower the tire out from under the car
Check this site for info- there are 16 different 'keys', so it would probably be best to follow instructions on how to use a 'bolt extractor' to drop the spare tire, and remove the 'key ' insert, so you can lower it w/ a 3/8 drive socket extension in the future, and lock it with a cable lock for security. http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/831281-lost-ford-spare-tire-key-this-works-great.html
If you can gain access to the plastic tube where the spare tire rod slides through to lower the tire. I would remove the tube so you can get to the lock. I would just pop the lock out and leave it out.Good luck,I hope this helps.
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.
hello i have a 1992 and im sure this would be the same To remove the spare tire: 1. Open both of the rear doors. Remove the access cover from the rubber strip found behind the left door. Insert tapered end of lug wrench or tip of jack handle through the access hole. Turn counterclockwise until the cable extends enough to allow the spare tire to be pulled rearward from under the vehicle. 2. Slide the spare tire to the rear and remove the retainer from the wheel. 3. To stow the cable/retainer with spare removed, turn jack handle wrench clockwise until slack is removed.
dont be afraid to crank on it real hard sometimes they stick. good luck paul