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    Spare tire release?????

    I can't get my spare tire to release all of the cable is wound OUT and the little T bracket will not release at all and the cable will not go up or down???

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    Search the archives for a better description of the issues. Then go out and give the tire a good solid kick or ten (upward) and it should drop down for you.
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    Hey uaw136. Are you a St. Louis Assembly line worker?? Retired from Local 136, myself.

    Chad is correct. It is probably STUCK on the underside of the van, the rubber acting like a BONDING AGENT with the metal underside.
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    I wasn't referring to the rubber being stuck. There's a latch mechanism that is supposed to automatically release when you start cranking down the cable. It doesn't work very well, so kicking the tire (normally) momentarily pushes the tire up slightly and the latch will release. I think that's how it works anyway

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    It is a very common problem. The latch that holds it gets rusty. A good swift kick can free it. (most of the time)

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    uaw136

    There tend to be two problems; one is that the spare tire sticks to the underbody and a few swift kicks solve that; the other is that the safety catch does not release and the tire lowers several inches and then gets hung up on the safety catch and the cable gets slack. As mentioned previously a few swift kicks may free it. If it does not, then raise the spare tire with the winch about a half inch and stick a thin long screwdriver up the center hole in the wheel and push out the safety catch with the screwdriver and while keeping the screwdriver in place have another person lower the winch until the plastic mushroom gets past the safety catch. Attached pictures show the safety catch.

    It is almost impossible to push the safety catch back if the weight of the spare tire is on it so it is necessary to raise the tire up a little and then the screwdriver will slide up behind the safety latch and hold it out. At this point one can get out from under the spare tire and reach under the van and hold the screwdriver up in place as someone else lowers the winch past the safety catch.


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    Caution...

    Given that this is a Gen 3 related question, I feel the need to add that the above pictures are most likely from a Gen 4 van (based upon my quick look at them), or are at the very least from a newer van than our 1998. I say this because the upper release mechanism on the vans with the style of hanger plate like our 1998 has is a bit more fragile and can come apart if you aren't careful with that screwdriver when you are trying to release the safety catch.

    The good news is that if it does come apart, it isn't all that difficult to put back together, errr, once you figure out the proper orientation of the upper clip that snaps around the crank shaft and actuates the rod that in turn actuates the safety catch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shipo View Post
    Given that this is a Gen 3 related question, I feel the need to add that the above pictures are most likely from a Gen 4 van (based upon my quick look at them), or are at the very least from a newer van than our 1998. I say this because the upper release mechanism on the vans with the style of hanger plate like our 1998 has is a bit more fragile and can come apart if you aren't careful with that screwdriver when you are trying to release the safety catch.

    The good news is that if it does come apart, it isn't all that difficult to put back together, errr, once you figure out the proper orientation of the upper clip that snaps around the crank shaft and actuates the rod that in turn actuates the safety catch.
    Pictures are of my 1999 DGC Gen 3 with a build date of of 2/11/99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavife View Post
    Pictures are of my 1999 DGC Gen 3 with a build date of of 2/11/99.

    Frank
    Interesting, your hanger looks identical to the one in our 2003; our 1998 (built in June of 1998) doesn't have the "L" shaped catch on the travel limiter for the clip that snaps onto the shaft. Instead the travel limiter is a simple vertical tab kind of like "|", so when the clip is destabilized, there is nothing to prevent it from falling off.
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    You would think in this day and age they could come up with something that would not stick or corrode instead of the cheap _ss way they do it now . I had the same issue on our 2004 which is only 3 years old and I had to fool around with it to get down earlier this year.
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