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Old 11-01-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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How do you remove spare tire?

i cant see crap down that hole on top of the license plate. whats supposed to go down there and how do u get the tire out?
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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Put all the extensions on your jack handle. The curved end goes into the hole and you will feel a "notch" that it fits into. Rotate the handle counter clock wise and it will lower the spare.
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There is a kit in a black bag next to your jack, # long poles you hook the together and sick it in the hole youll need a flashlight to see the cranks and just crank the tire down.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:16 PM   #5
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I actually lowered my spare for the first time ever today... Just get a flashlight to look down that hole and it's a LOT easier. You're literally feeling around in the dark if you don't.

Read your owner's manual, too. It has descriptions, drawings, etc. They certainly helped me.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:22 PM   #6
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Wow.. I'll be damned... Some questions are best not asked!

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A little light will help. Not that hard dont give up...
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haha yeah i kno. just felt a bit "lazy" to read the manual. thanks for the help
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haha yeah i kno. just felt a bit "lazy" to read the manual. thanks for the help
Thus for your user name, huh? I guess next time some of us will be too "lazy" to give you the answer.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:16 AM   #9
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Wow.. I'll be damned... Some questions are best not asked!

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A little light will help. Not that hard dont give up...
yeah yeah, enough with the sexual innuendos question about the spare though.... is the spare under a truck with alloy different than the ones with steelies? if i recall the lugs are different so thats what made me thing of it. i sold my alloys to my girlfriends dad and bought his steelies for studded tires but i want to make sure we can both use our spares still.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:11 AM   #11
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If you ever lower your spare for any reason fresh from the factory flip it over so you can get to the valve stem.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:41 AM   #12
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If you ever lower your spare for any reason fresh from the factory flip it over so you can get to the valve stem.
I flipped mine yesterday while I had it down... The owner's manual says to always keep the front of the tire facing up. Obviously I disobeyed, but anybody know the reason they say to keep it like that?

Also, when I brought it down, I noticed that the front of the tire (which had been facing up) had some pretty deep grooves in it from where it had been held up against the truck. I guess that's normal?
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I read the manual, and I think it is wrong. Or I am probably wrong. Should I remove the silver piece from around the hook before I stick the hook in? Or does the hook itself latch onto something that lowers the tire?
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:47 AM   #14
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I lowered mine too this weekend to get the TPMS light to go out, it musta been lower your spare day.

I don't have a compressor so I stuck it in the bed, drove to a gas station, filled it to spec, drove back home, greased the cable mechanism, and remounted the opposite way with valve down like some have suggested here. Its staying that way.
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:56 AM   #15
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I read the manual, and I think it is wrong. Or I am probably wrong. Should I remove the silver piece from around the hook before I stick the hook in? Or does the hook itself latch onto something that lowers the tire?
I wish I could see what you're talking about. I don't remember a silver piece around the hooked end of mine. Can you post some pics?
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Yeah. I will post some pics this evening. What a headache this is though! I am glad I decided to do this at home, and my wife wasn't trying to figure it out on the side of the road somewhere!
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The lowering screw?

Okay, so I go to lower my spare, and after fumbling in the dark to fit the 'curved end' of the rod in the 'slot', I decide to try the flashlight route. My Tacoma does not have a slot, it has a circular receiver of some kind that would appear to use a driver very much like one used on the anti-theft nuts on my rims. The anti-theft socket it came with does not fit, nor does anything my truck came with. Is the spare just for show? Has anyone heard of this phenomenon?
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Okay, so I go to lower my spare, and after fumbling in the dark to fit the 'curved end' of the rod in the 'slot', I decide to try the flashlight route. My Tacoma does not have a slot, it has a circular receiver of some kind that would appear to use a driver very much like one used on the anti-theft nuts on my rims. The anti-theft socket it came with does not fit, nor does anything my truck came with. Is the spare just for show? Has anyone heard of this phenomenon?
Bump... I just brought my "new" 06 2wd 4cyl Access Cab home last weekend and am going through it to get acquainted. I am also having trouble with the spare lowering mechanism. I used a flashlight to see into that tiny slot and there is nothing for the hook end of the jack/handle to engage - see pics:





What looks like a slot is actually the raised area so it would require some sort of claw device to grab this. Please help. THx in advance

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The "Hook" part fits into the slot in the thing you are looking at.
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Bump... I just brought my "new" 06 2wd 4cyl Access Cab home last weekend and am going through it to get acquainted. I am also having trouble with the spare lowering mechanism. I used a flashlight to see into that tiny slot and there is nothing for the hook end of the jack/handle to engage - see pics:





What looks like a slot is actually the raised area so it would require some sort of claw device to grab this. Please help. THx in advance

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That's it--The hook fits into it much like a flathead screwdriver fits into a flathead screw.
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