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Spare Tire Carrier...

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by SCPOBob, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. SCPOBob

    SCPOBob New Member

    First...shame on me, bought a used truck without a jack or tire carrier crank handle, now that I am passed that: Anyone have an "easy" solution for lowering the spare tire from the carrier until I can get my hands on a tire carrier crank handle? I need to lower the spare down in order to install a fifth wheel hitch on my 2005 Silverado 2500HD...I am also going to see if the local dealers might have one, but I am sure they will be very proud of those handles.
  2. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I suggest going to a junk yard to get one. In the mean time a big flat head screwdriver might fit in the slot well. Then turn it with an adjustable wrench. maybe a large prybar with a flat end? I wonder if the one for the 1500 is the same as the 2500.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  3. SCPOBob

    SCPOBob New Member

    So after an afternoon of calling Dealerships and junkyards, I found a Dealer that said they had the "right" parts...after getting them home I found that the stuff I bought didn't work as the winch did not accept the flat-blade of the handle (nor was it even long enough). So after looking everything over I determined that the plastic tubing covering the winch mechanism had to go...so after I ripped that off (no damage) I found that the interfacing part of the winch was a 1/2in square head. So I grabbed my self a long extension, my speed wrench, and a 1/2in socket....bada bing 5min later my spare was on the ground free and clear of the truck.
  4. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Glad to hear that you got it off. My 02 had a flat thing in there. I don't know what my 05 has.

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