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    Default Unable to lower spare wheel

    Recently purchased a used 2001 Suburban.
    Attempting to lower the wheel, I was unable to get the end of the tool to 'grab' or 'seat', when inserted up the tube.
    I aimed a flashlight up the tube, and from as well as I can see, it appears as though there is something(metal) sheered off, at the end of the tube just above the wheel.

    Is there any "backup method" for getting the wheel down?
    Granted, I may be looking at replacing the wheel lowering mechanism, or at best extracting whatever some previous owner broke off up in there, but for now, I'd settle for just getting the wheel down.
    Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    -Gary

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    well when they get stuck or break the only way i know of is to cut the cable, not ideal but it works. When you replace the unit make sure to lube it up and periodicaly use it to keep the gears and cable free and operating

    2003 Z71 Silverado LS
    Access roll up cover
    Bed Rails
    Billet Grill insert
    Bed Rug
    CB with PA system
    Waiting to be installed
    Two 8in RF HX2 punch( would have 12s but they got stolen)

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    I replace them frequently at work, the grime and dirt from the road gets inside them and makes them stick, as well as water getting in and causing rust. Replacement is your best option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gstadter View Post
    Recently purchased a used 2001 Suburban.
    Attempting to lower the wheel, I was unable to get the end of the tool to 'grab' or 'seat', when inserted up the tube.
    I aimed a flashlight up the tube, and from as well as I can see, it appears as though there is something(metal) sheered off, at the end of the tube just above the wheel.

    Is there any "backup method" for getting the wheel down?
    Granted, I may be looking at replacing the wheel lowering mechanism, or at best extracting whatever some previous owner broke off up in there, but for now, I'd settle for just getting the wheel down.
    Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    -Gary


    Are you sure you are using the correct end of the tool? Don't use the flat male end, use the square female end.
    2011 Chevy Silverado LT 4WD 30k miles
    2001 Suburban 2WD, 5.3, V8 185k miles
    1993 964
    1996 318TI

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazar01 View Post
    Are you sure you are using the correct end of the tool? Don't use the flat male end, use the square female end.
    There is a safety device that the tire hangs from. On my '03 burb it lowers about 6 inches, then you have to squeaze the mechanism to release teh safety hook. I took a pair of pliers and bent the tabs that hole the wheel. Dropped wheel onto ground, slid out and oiled mechanism so it works next time
    2003 Suburban 2500 LT, 6.0l Volant cai. 3.73 gear. Mobil 1 syn oil

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