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Some times when the spare tire has been up for a while the tire rubber sticks to the frame of the car. To get it free you just need to lower the wire holder about 2 inches then sit on the ground and kick the tire loose from the frame. Do not loosen the tire to much or it might fall off the cable and land on you.
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Rotate the hoist shaft counterclockwise in order to lower the spare
tire to the ground. Continue to rotate the shaft until the spare tire
can be pulled out from under the vehicle and removed. If the spare tire
does not lower to the ground, the secondary latch is engaged causing
the tire not to lower.
If the secondary latch is engaged and the cable end is visible, perform the following procedure:
the cable by rotating the hoist shaft clockwise until you hear 2 clicks
or feel it skip twice. You cannot overtighten the cable.
Loosen the cable by rotating the hoist shaft counterclockwise 3 or 4 turns.
If the spare tire can be lowered, repeat steps 1 and 2 to see if the spare tire can be removed.
the spare tire cannot be lowered, rotate the hoist shaft
counterclockwise until approximately 15 cm (6 in) of cable is exposed.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Place a transmission jack, or equivalent, under the spare tire.
the center of the transmission jack under the secondary latch release
button at the center of the spare tire. Arrange the arms of the
transmission jack so they will support the tire after it has been
Raise the jack until the spare tire stops moving upward and is firmly held in place, releasing the secondary latch.
the tire. If the spare tire is hanging by the cable, rotate the hoist
shaft counterclockwise until the tire is low enough to remove.
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The spare tire, under the vehicle, is lowered via a cable. There is a silver bolt in the rear compartment, under the carpeting. Pull the carpeting back, and you will see the bolt. Using the lug wrench from the tool kit, rotate the bolt counter-clockwise. This will rotate the cable mechanism above the spare tire, and lower it. Once the tire is low enough, the center clamp can be loosened from the center of the rim, and the tire removed from the cable device.
To raise the wheel back up, place the clamp device back into the center of the rim, and rotate the bolt clockwise, until the tire is fully raised.
Rotate the hoist shaft counterclockwise until approximately 15 cm (6 in) of cable (1) is exposed.
While holding the latch pin (3), fully depress the latch
button (2) and release the secondary latch from the hoist assembly.
Some side-to-side and/or up-and-down movement may be necessary to
disengage the latch mechanism.
Continue rotating the hoist shaft counterclockwise in order to lower the hoist the rest of the way.
If this does not release the secondary latch, the spare tire hoist will need to be replaced. See the following procedure.
Important: If the spare tire hoist has been
fully raised without a spare tire in place, the secondary latch
mechanism may have become engaged. If this has occurred the hoist will
not lower and the following steps will need to be
If the spare tire does not lower to the ground,the secondary latch is engaged causing the tire not to lower Your vehicle has an underbody-mounted tire hoist assembly equipped with a secondary latch system.It is designed to stop the spare tire from suddenly falling off your vehicle if the cable holding the spare tire is damaged.For the secondary latch to work,the tire must be stored with the valve stem pointing up. 1.Check under the vehicle to see if the cable is visible.If it is not visible proceed to Step 6. 2.If visible,first try to tighten the cable by turning the wheel wrench clockwise until you hear two clicks or feel it skip twice.You cannot overtighten the cable. 3.Loosen the cable by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise three or four turns. 4.Repeat this procedure at least two times.If the spare tire lowers to the ground continue with Step 2 of removing the Spare. 5.Turn the wrench counterclockwise until approximately 6 inches (15 cm) of cable is exposed. 6.Attach the jack handle,extension and the wheel wrench to the jack and place it under the vehicle towards the front of the rear bumper.Position the center lift point of the jack under the center of the spare tire. 7.Turn the wrench clockwise to raise the jack until it lifts the end fitting. 8.Continue raising the jack until the spare tire stops moving upward and is held firmly in place. 9.Lower the jack by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise.Keep lowering the jack until the spare tire slides off the jack or is hanging by the cable. 10.Disconnect the jack handle from the jack and carefully remove the jack.Use one hand to push against the spare while firmly pulling the jack out from under the spare tire with the other hand.
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