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Spare tire won't budge!

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So I went and had new tires put on my truck (well, newer then what I had) and figured since I have a spare wheel that matches the ones I got on now, I might as well have my brand new spare mounted on it (literally, the spare is the stock spare from the factory and is still brand new). When I took it to my favorite tire shop, 4 of us were working on it for about half an hour, and could not get the damn thing to budge. My tire guy told me to head down to the dealer and they would help me get it off (he said they most likely wouldn't charge me). When I got to the dealer, they said they wouldn't do it unless I paid them the hourly rate which is $98 an hour!

I found this thread:

I'll try the pinching method, but I think I will end up getting frustrated and resorting to the kicking method. The guy at the dealer said there is a bold that holds the mechanism assembly to the frame that I can remove, but I could not feel it. Anyway, I am going to do this tomorrow, but figured I would see if anybody had any other advice.
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So as an update on this problem as well, I ended up having to remove the entire assembly. The secondary latch was also so seized up that even "releasing" it with a screw driver would not allow the mechanism to drop. For those having the same problem, you will need to lower the unit as far as it will go, and remove the bolt from the frame holding the entire assembly in place (a ratcheting box end 3/4 inch wrench will make this task extremely easy [it may be a different size, I just think I remember it being 3/4]).

Please, use jack stands, as the whole weight of the tire and spare carrier will be coming down. After the bolt is removed, the assembly simply tilts to allow the gravity holder to come away from the frame and voila! If you plan on re-installing, doing the above methods for greasing will work. I went ahead and left mine on the spare and sold it to somebody else to mess with, as I have a different plan for my spare tire.
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