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Spare Tire Rattle

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by printman2000, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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    printman2000

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    Been having a rattle over bumps and found it to be the little silver piece in the middle of the spare tire hanger...
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    Cannot see anywhere to tighten it up. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    check owners manual, it should show you how to lower and tighen your spare tire.
     
  3. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM
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    Sounds to me like you just need to raise the spare tire a little more and compress the spring.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    The spare tire and the "wings" on the lift are very tight. But I will try lowering and raising to see if that helps.
     
  5. Mar 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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    Did not work. It is like it will not tighten enough to compress the spring all the way. The crank only goes so far and then slips out when it gets real hard to turn.
     
  6. Mar 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    sounds like the system is working properly, good to have alittle play in the spring

    if the noise is a problem, maybe cut out a old thick rubber floor mat

    and sitck it between the metal to stop the noise
     
  7. Mar 21, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    I have figured I could make it stop with something. However, I do not think it is working as designed since it is making so much noise.
     
  8. Nov 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM
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    Finally got sick of the rattle so I took it to the dealer since it is still under warranty. They simply flipped the spare tire over and no more rattle.

    I received the truck with the spare tire facing up but apparently it needs to be facing down to completely compress the spring.
     
  9. Nov 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    Doesn't jive with what I read. I seem to recall folks saying that the stock setup has the valve stem in the wrong direction (up), thereby making filling it a royal PITA.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    That is what I thought too. Mine is an 09. Did they change it?
     
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    what did you end up doing to get the rattle to stop? im headed to the dealership to have them give me a couple of the washers to put up in the shroud, we will see if that stops my rattle trap!!!
     
  12. Jun 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    He flipped the spare tire so the valve stem is pointed down.
     
  13. Jun 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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    Yes, the spare tire flip mod.:D
     
  14. Jul 1, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    The flip did not help completely. I ended up just taking the tube looking piece of metal off. No more rattle.
     
  15. Jul 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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    Yeah, the flip trick did nothing for me accept make it a PAIN IN THE ASS to lift back up, tire is then off balance and wants to flip over. I did the same thing, took that washer out and then removed the shroud so that the spring is exposed, NO MORE RATTLE!!!!!!:D

    i may cut some plastic in the shape of the washer and see if i cant make the shroud fit snug against the spare but for now it stays off the truck
     
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