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Pickup spare tire issue. Need advice #15989881 04/13/21
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I'm hoping that someone has run into this issue and knows how to solve the problem.....

I have a 2013 GMC 2500HD Duramax pickup. The spare tire is mounted under the bed and to lower and raise it you stick a shaft in through a hole in the bumper and spin it up and down. On my truck the mechanism for raising and lowering is frozen from corrosion and wont turn. Problem is that it is up above the spare and I can't get to it.

Does anyone know of a slick way to get this thing unstuck?

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Is it turning and the tire not dropping or is it frozen and not turning? Sometimes the tire kind of ‘welds itself’ to the underside of the truck and a kick will loosen it up. Have you tried tightening it and then loosening it? Has it been off the truck before?

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That is a tough one, I don't know how to fix it.

However, I will say that you probably have a spare that is too old to be used. Once you get it down, read that code on the tire and you can see when it was made.

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Weld a nut onto the shaft you lower the tire with, then go at it with an impact wrench.

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Originally Posted by K1500
Is it turning and the tire not dropping or is it frozen and not turning? Sometimes the tire kind of ‘welds itself’ to the underside of the truck and a kick will loosen it up. Have you tried tightening it and then loosening it? Has it been off the truck before?


The mechanism itself won't turn.The wheel and tire will "wiggle" some so it's not that.

It has been off the truck but it's been about a year.

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Originally Posted by simonkenton7
That is a tough one, I don't know how to fix it.

However, I will say that you probably have a spare that is too old to be used. Once you get it down, read that code on the tire and you can see when it was made.


You are right. Was wanting to drop the spare so I could replace the tire. It is old. I pull a fifth wheel and was doing some upgrades and maintenance including putting a new spare on it.

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Maybe a longer lever would make the difference. Try to rig something up.

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Do a google for GM secondary latch.

I don’t know if they changed the design by 2013 or not. I’ve seen it fail on a 2003, 2006, and 2007. Fun to find this out in [email protected] of snow on Christmas Eve an hour from home. Luckily dad had a dry shop to get his cut out and bring to me as a spare.

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I don't know that it's much help, but I know on my older Chevys you have to turn hard clockwise until you get a couple of clicks before the tire is unlocked. Then counter-clockwise down. I don't know if they updated the design.

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Get a grinder on whatever you can and cut it down.

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Originally Posted by slumlord
Get a grinder on whatever you can and cut it down.
That.


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Can you get the truck up on a lift, might make things easier.


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Can U get at it with a squirt bottle of Kroil? straw or hose extension?

And as said, try working it loose a little both directions.

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Unbolt the bed, lift it and get it from the top


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Put more amps on it.

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Originally Posted by las
Can U get at it with a squirt bottle of Kroil? straw or hose extension?

And as said, try working it loose a little both directions.

That would be my suggestion. After it was last off, it might have been tightened too much. Some kind of anti rust spray could loosen it.


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Originally Posted by slumlord
Get a grinder on whatever you can and cut it down.
I had to do that, those fail all the time. Used a little diamond wheel and replaced the mount .


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Originally Posted by Cheesy
Do a google for GM secondary latch.

I don’t know if they changed the design by 2013 or not. I’ve seen it fail on a 2003, 2006, and 2007. Fun to find this out in [email protected] of snow on Christmas Eve an hour from home. Luckily dad had a dry shop to get his cut out and bring to me as a spare.


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move to Nevada

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Can you get an impact on the shaft that lowers it?


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