How to Get a Spare Tire Down Without the Tool

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Whether you’re going on a road trip or making a quick stop at the community center, it’s crucial that your car has a functional spare tire at all times.

It’s equally important that you’re able to get the tire down from under the vehicle when you need it. Some cars come with specialized tools to lower the spare tire and quickly make the change.

However, if the tool is unavailable for some reason, you can still bring down the tire and be back on the road in no time. Let’s take a look at how to get a spare tire down without the tool.

Removing a spare tire without the factory tool is easy when you follow these steps:

  1. Get under the truck.
  2. Pull off the guide tube.
  3. Pull out the key with pliers.
  4. Insert crank into the new hole.
  5. Turn the crank counterclockwise to lower the tire.

How to Get a Spare Tire Down Without the Tool

How to Remove Spare Tire From Ford Trucks Without the Tool

Removing a spare tire without a tool might appear daunting at first. However, with the right equipment and process, it’s not too difficult a task.

There are two methods to lowering a spare tire on a Ford truck. Each method uses different tools. As such, your choice will depend on the equipment you have to hand.

Method One

This method involves pulling out the key from the spare tire drop assembly and using stock spare tire tools to lower the tire.

To make up for the lack of the factory key, you will need some standard tools like joint pliers, small pieces of wood and an optional helping hand.

After you’ve collected the tools, follow the steps below to remove the spare tire.

Step #1: Get Under the Truck

As you already know, the tire hangs from the truck’s underside toward the vehicle’s rear. As such, you will need to go under to gain access.

Before you get under the truck, remember that safety comes first. Therefore, ensure that you park the vehicle properly, on a surface that’s as flat as possible, with all brakes engaged. These precautions are to prevent the vehicle from moving while you work under it.

Step #2: Locate and Pull off the Guide Tube

Locate the guide tube under the vehicle. This is a long, black, plastic pipe near the tire. Twist the tube back and forth while pulling it in the direction of the vehicle’s rear to reveal the drop mechanism for the spare tire.

Step #3: Put a Wedge Between the Tire and the Vehicle

Still under the truck, move to the passenger side and pull down the tire on this side, putting the wood in the gap between the top of the tire and the truck bed frame.

At this point, you may need that optional helping hand to put in the wood while you hold the tire down.

The reason for putting in the wood is to give you easy access to the drop mechanism without having to move the tire away from the truck bed continually.

Step #4: Use Pliers to Pull off the Key

Put your hand through the space created by the wood and feel for the key to the spare tire drop mechanism. The key roughly resembles a wheel lug nut, and when you find it, pull it out using the jack or working pliers.

Sometimes, just pulling the key may not be enough, and you may need to wriggle the pliers as you pull.

Step #5: Lower the Tire to the Ground

With the key out, the hole left behind is almost identical to the jack crank. Thus you can use the stock tire tools to lower and remove the spare tire. Insert the jack crank into the hole and turn counterclockwise to lower the tire.

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Method Two

The second method differs considerably from the first. Accordingly, you need a different set of tools, including:

  • 14mm socket.
  • Hammer.
  • Extender.
  • Socket wrench.
  • Flathead screwdriver.

With the tools above, you can bring down the spare tire by following the steps below.

Step #1: Fix the Socket to the Extender

Attach the 14mm socket to the extender. You don’t need to use a high-quality socket, as any low-end one will do. It’s also best to use an extender long enough to reach from the bumper to the spare tire. Aim for an extender that’s around 60–70cm long.

Step #2: Pass the Socket Through the Back Bumper

Insert the socket into the hole located on the left (or right, in some trucks) of the license plate. The hole leads directly to the key.

Step #3: Hit the Extender a Few Times With the Hammer

Use a hammer to strike the extender when you feel the socket touching the key. Hitting the extender pushes the socket over the key, providing a better grip.

Four to five blows from the hammer should be enough. Additionally, do not apply too much force to the hammer to prevent damage to the drop assembly. You don’t necessarily have to use a hammer; any object large and tough enough can serve.

Step #4: Turn the Socket Counterclockwise to Lower the Tire

With the socket firmly in place, use a wrench to turn the extender counterclockwise. The drop assembly key is similar to the one used on wheel lug nuts. Thus, it will turn as the socket turns.

It may be hard to turn the wrench at first, but it becomes easier as you continue turning, and the tire gets closer to the ground.

Step #5: Remove the Key From the Socket

By the time the tire hits the ground, the key will be loose and you can remove it. Withdraw the extender from the hole, and use a flathead screwdriver to pry the nut out of the socket.

Step #6: Detach the Tire From the Hoist

While the tire is now on the ground, you can’t use it until you detach it from the hoist. To disconnect the tire, reach into the large opening in the middle of the wheel. Next, locate the metal flange connected to the cable and turn it from a horizontal to a vertical position, pulling it out of the rim vertically.

Finally, the hole left behind by the key can fit a jack crank. Put the crank through the opening near the license plate till it gets to the hole vacated by the key. Turn the crank clockwise to raise the hoist back up

How to Remove Spare Tire From Chevrolet Truck Without Tool

While Chevys store spare tires under the truck bed like other trucks, the removal process differs. So, if you’re wondering how to lower spare tire on Silverado without tool, follow the steps below.

You will need a couple of tools, including an ignition key and a jack kit to make a chevy spare tire removal tool.

Step #1: Locate the Spare Tire Access Hole

Like other trucks, the access hole is on the rear license plate’s right side and covered with a rectangular shaped plastic.

Newer models may have a lock over the hole as a security measure. In such cases, use the ignition key to remove the lock assembly covering the hole.

Step #2: Assemble the Extension Rod

Open the jack kit and select the rod with the broader end and flanges on all sides. This rod is the “female” rod and the one you’ll insert into the now open keyhole.

Get another rod from the tool kit, and attach it to the end of the female rod to make it long enough to reach the spare tire from the bumper. Ensure that the press locks enter properly to prevent the rods from disconnecting while you’re turning it.

Step #3: Insert the Rod into the Hole

Insert the composite rod into the spare tire hole. Press and turn the rod simultaneously until the end locks into the cable crank.

Step #4: Turn the Rod Anticlockwise With a Wrench

Put a wrench on the other end of the extension rod and turn counterclockwise. The tire will begin to drop as you turn. Continue turning until the tire touches the ground when you can remove the cable flange from the rim.

Furthermore, you can use the procedure above on different models of Chevrolet trucks. As such, you can follow the steps if you’re wondering how to remove spare tire from Chevy suburban.

Final Thoughts

It’s always an unpleasant experience when you get a flat tire. It’s even worse when you can’t get the spare down for lack of the specialized factory tool.

However, there are other ways to bring down the spare tire even without the tool. These methods are straightforward and use common tools like extenders, flathead screwdrivers, sockets, ignition keys, chunks of wood, pliers and hammers.

Thus, with or without a factory tool, you can get the spare tire out in minutes and be back on the road quickly.

 

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