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    Spare is stuck on my 2005 Caravan

    I can unwind the spare tire winch and the cable comes down but the spare is still stuck up under the rear of my van. Is there a latch that is stuck or am I missing something obvious.
    Hank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    I can unwind the spare tire winch and the cable comes down but the spare is still stuck up under the rear of my van. Is there a latch that is stuck or am I missing something obvious.
    Hank
    Yes, there is a safety latch up there. Wind your cable back up so there is only about a couple of inches slack and then give the wheel a bump to jar the latch. Check your Owner Manual for proper operation.
    Note: The system should be lubricated periodically. I recommend spraying some rustproofing product, such as Rust Check (green),
    http://www.rustcheck.com/products.asp
    up through the wheel stud holes to repel moisture, lubricate and protect. If you take the wheel down then you will have an excellent opportunity to lubricate everything. Your tire pressure will be low also, may as well top it up (60 psi maybe??).
    There are Threads on this site, that will come out in a search, regarding this spare tire issue.
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    Hankster,

    Alas, your problem is a common "feature" with these vans.

    For similar tales, pics, and what some folks have done about it, take the time to look at this link:
    http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php?t=9352

    "Close the doors, let's roll once more"

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    It's a good reminder thread here to periodically check your spare lowering mechanism. I think I'll check mine again today. Hey it's above freezing, why not? (I actually washed my cars yesterday... wow)
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    Thanks for the tips, yesterday was warm here to so I washed the van and car and cleaned them out. I figured I would lower the spare and see if it had air, lube the cable and clean out the sand. Just got this van a month ago.
    When the weather warms up again this issue will be repaired. Hopefully I wont have a flat in the meantime.
    Hank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    Thanks for the tips, yesterday was warm here to so I washed the van and car and cleaned them out. I figured I would lower the spare and see if it had air, lube the cable and clean out the sand. Just got this van a month ago.
    When the weather warms up again this issue will be repaired. Hopefully I wont have a flat in the meantime.
    Hank
    Hint: When reinstalling, locate the valve stem where you can access it easily to check / top up the air pressure.
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    There is a pinch pin that holds the actual tire up.This is there just incase the cable breaks so the tire wont drop to the roadway.If you spray the crap out of it with WD-40 or PB it will help loosen the dirt and rust.The part looks like a plastic tube with a pair of metal latches on each side.these parts rust and stop working.Lube them then stick your hand up between the tire and the floor to compress the pins to drop tire..If possible.
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    can I get a long screwdriver in there to pry it out?
    Hank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    can I get a long screwdriver in there to pry it out?
    Hank
    You can use a long pry bar if you got one.I have used an old fence post at times cause you need the leverage to get it down.but it will work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    can I get a long screwdriver in there to pry it out?
    Hank
    Could try your tire iron. Sometimes the spares just stick to the body, sometimes it's the latch sticking. My experience, Posted last year, follows:
    - My spare tire came down without much hassle, dirty hands mostly.
    - I removed the plug inside the vehicle to get access to the nut and turned the nut two complete turns (CCW). The spare tire released from the body very easily but it wouldn't release any further.
    - I turned the nut another turn (three turns total now), got under the vehicle and moved the spare tire back and forth, to and fro. The safety catch released and the tire came down some more. I figured I had it conquered then.
    - I did have it conquered and after 8 more complete turns, the tire was resting on the ground. Total number of turns = 11.
    - While down on the ground I sprayed Rust Cure (lubricant and anti corrosion material recommended for inside body panels) all over the mechanism and the wheel rim. I could have used Rust Check but grabbed this one first.
    Note: If you want to lubricate / rust protect the mechanism, without lowering the spare tire, I would suggest spraying up through all 5 wheel holes (the stud / lug nut ones).
    - When raising the tire to its normal position, I found a bit of resistance at about 9 to 10 turns, which I guess would be the safety catch coming back into play.
    - 11.3 turns and the tire was secure, my hands were full of grease, my Neighbour was wondering what I was doing, and I was glad I listened to Flavife from a previous thread on this.
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