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April 21st, 2010, 3:21 PM   #1  
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spare tire removal problems

I don't have the necessary jack handle assembly to remove the spare tire from my 2002 Avalanche, anyone know a trick to get the tire down without these tools?

 
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April 21st, 2010, 6:24 PM   #2  
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Some trucks you can use a long 3/8 extension and a ratchet to turn the assembly the same way you do with the tool.

 
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April 23rd, 2010, 2:46 PM   #3  
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Hi athenstopdawg,

Welcome to the Chevy Forums.

Has the rear ever been hit? It may throw off the alignment tube, so the handle or extension doesn't line up with the anchoring mechanism which lowers the tire.

There's a low-tech solution so you can access the tire anchoring mechanism. Gently remove the plastic guide tube between the inner bumper and the anchor drive. Then you can see the lowering mechanism and line up your handle or extension to it.

If the tube refuses to budge, yanno-screw it, just rip that sucker outta there.

I bet you're glad you found out about this little problem now, rather than on the freeway at night in the rain.

Please be sure to post again when you successfully remove the tire.

 
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April 23rd, 2010, 9:27 PM   #4  
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I think he does not have the tools that came with the truck.

 
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April 24th, 2010, 10:47 AM   #5  
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I recently priced a replacement jack handle(Just the handle,not the jack.)at my dealership:

240$$ (Might want to call around to some local junkyards for this one...)

You probably see the Snap-On man at work, MDTAHOE. I'm willing to bet if you bought high-quality deep-chrome plated forged-steel lifetime tools to replace this pot-metal OEM jack, you'd still have enough money left over to take your honey to the best dinner in town. What do you think?

 
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April 24th, 2010, 11:34 AM   #6  
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therewolf  You probably see the Snap-On man at work, MDTAHOE. I'm willing to bet if you bought high-quality deep-chrome plated forged-steel lifetime tools to replace this pot-metal OEM jack, you'd still have enough money left over to take your honey to the best dinner in town. What do you think?
That is hard to say Snap On stuff is really expensive. But if you got craftsman you would have enough money left over to buy a few dinners.

 
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