Spare Tire


#1

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I should do to get the spare tire out of my '99 Ford Ranger. Basically, the truck comes with a long key to unlock a lock between the tailgate and the bumper. Then you can lower down the spaer. I snapped that key off, without popping the lock out. Any ideas?


#2

Is it actually a key, or do you just use one of the pieces used to crank up the jack?

Mine is just a long, slightly hocked piece of steel. The hooked end doesn’t operate a lock, it just helps keep it in place. I usually don’t use it though. Instead I use the biggest standard screwdriver that Craftsman makes. Push the end into the slot, under the tailgate and turn.


#3

The spare winch is rusted so spray it with PB Blast, then use a different tire tool or a big screwdriver to lower.


#4

Big screwdriver, why didn’t I think of that. The lock is pointless anyway.