If you have not dropped your Taco’s spare tire yet, I suggest you do so at your earliest opportunity. Better to practice in your driveway than have to do it for real off road in the middle of the night. It took me over a year to get around to dropping my spare. I thought, how hard could it be, so I did not bother until today. It isn’t hard, just a tad tricky. For a complete blow by blow on dropping your spare, search for – “How to video: Change a tire on the Tacoma”.
Only thing that I would add to that excellent video, is get yourself a 6” Mag light or some other light with a small diameter. Pack it with your jack handle. I was not connecting with the curly end of the jack handle. I had to use my 6 inch Mag lite to line up the end of the jack handle with the socket type piece on the spare tire assembly. You need a flash light with a small diameter so that you can see past the flash light to the socket like piece that you have to connect up with. Once you do that, it’s a piece of cake.