thanks, I managed to get the tire off but had to cut the bottom piece of metal which holds the tire up. then I unbolted and removed the failed actuator or whatever it would be called. I need to go the junkyard and find one that isn't broken. The plastic housing on the gearbox is broken. Very cheaply built. We love driving the vehicle (quite, comfortable, powerful.) but sure don't like trying to keep everything working. The first 50,000 miles were no fun. For now things have settled down for a while. Hopefully it will be just normal things that you expect to give you problems on a 116 k mile vehicle. I believe in buying American. But this thing sure aint been no toyota highlander, or honda pilot. My friends with those never touch them with a wrench. Keep the oil changed.. and your good to go.
GM if your out there..take note.