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Old 03-24-2006, 09:45 PM
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help needed to lower the spare tire

I bought my trailblazer a couple of months ago ... used. Early this morning, I went out to the garage to find my tire really flat. I needed my spare and when I opened the back seat to get the metal bars, I find that I am missing a piece. It's the piece that slides into the hole in the back liftgate to crank down the spare tire. (I do have the extension and lug breaker bar.) I can't see what is needed to fit in the hole (socket or otherwise). Does anyone have any ideas what to do? Maybe a dealer part number or something I can piece together that will work? Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2006, 09:48 PM
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I think you can slide underneath the truck and do it manually... there may be some sort of lug nut there or something...
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:18 PM
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A long flat-head screw driver will usually do the trick. Peek thru the hole with a flashlight to see what shape the receiver tube is. You should be able to rig up something to rotate the tube.

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Just to let you know, I think the lug nut wrench has a pointed end to it with a plastic covering over it. Remove the plastic and insert the pointed end into the spare tire hole. Also, this pointed end is used to remove the center caps of the tires.
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you can also use a deep socket and a long extension rod. I figured this out when I was 300 miles from home and realized i didnt have the special tool to remove the tire.
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dose any one have the problem of the cable that lowers the tire down binding or wrapping around itself so the tire only comes down halfway??
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:33 PM
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I hate the spare tire and jack set up in the TB! If you're not too car saavy (like me) it's nearly impossible to get the spare out. Then I tried to use the jack and it broke. Dealer had to order another one. What an ordeal!
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dose any one have the problem of the cable that lowers the tire down binding or wrapping around itself so the tire only comes down halfway??
I've had similar things happen on other trucks. You might wanna order a new winch kit before she locks up totally on you. Best PM you can do to these winches is 'exersize' them atleast once a year. Throw a little grease on the cable as well.

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TBJosh - If you haven't got your hands on the part yet, try calling a salvage yard. They'd prob. sell you the tools for a few bucks.

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dose any one have the problem of the cable that lowers the tire down binding or wrapping around itself so the tire only comes down halfway??
Yes - had this happen and it drove me nuts until I realized what was happening. On mine the cable just kept wrapping itself around the inside of the little housing it's supposed to drop out of. Fortunately it was a simple fix to reach up inside the housing and pull the cable free. Nothing was broken and everything was turning free, it's just that the cable was winding itself in a coil inside the housing instead of dropping out.

I'm just glad I tried lowering the spare as a test at home (and also to lube up the mechanism). I wouldn't have been too happy figuring this out if I had a flat.
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TBJosh - If you haven't got your hands on the part yet, try calling a salvage yard. They'd prob. sell you the tools for a few bucks.



Yes - had this happen and it drove me nuts until I realized what was happening. On mine the cable just kept wrapping itself around the inside of the little housing it's supposed to drop out of. Fortunately it was a simple fix to reach up inside the housing and pull the cable free. Nothing was broken and everything was turning free, it's just that the cable was winding itself in a coil inside the housing instead of dropping out.

I'm just glad I tried lowering the spare as a test at home (and also to lube up the mechanism). I wouldn't have been too happy figuring this out if I had a flat.
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