*MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THIS OUT BEFORE YOU NEED
YOUR SPARE TIRE!!*
I went through this issue a couple of years ago, but it has been brought up by a couple of members recently and I thought it was worth making a sticky thread about it to prevent people from getting stranded on the side of the road
As you may or may not know already, the 99-03 Superduties(I'm going to have check on the 04+ SD) come with a lock on the spare tire. If you are the second owner of the truck the key may be lost or the lock may have already been removed. Hopefully the later.
You can tell if the lock has been removed by looking down the tube next to your license plate with a flashlight. If the lock has been removed, you'll see a rectangular shaped slot. If the lock is still there, you'll see something that looks similar to a torx head or a star shaped pattern.
The tools to remove the spare tire from under the truck are under the hood on top of the fan. IF
you still have your key for the spare tire lock, it should be in the glovebox somewhere. That is where they were stored from the factory.
Now, if you have a spare tire lock installed and no special key to remove it, you have a couple options. First, the best thing to do is to go to a dealership that has a master set of keys. I had to call around and find one. They don't all have all these keys. There are 15 different keys and yours will probably not fit your buddies truck and visa-versa(sp?) Get them to let down your tire and figure out which key they used. My dealership did this for me for free. Mine was #250. Now when you get this number then you can call McGaurd. That is the company that manufactures these locks for Ford. You can order a new key through them for $20.
OR....do what I did
Get the dealership to let the tire down and throw it in the back of the truck. Go home and remove the winch from under the truck. Remove the lock from the end of the winch. It just prys out of the end of the winch with a flathead screwdriver, or you can pull it out with a pair of pliers. Re-install the winch back under the truck. Reinstall the tire and never worry about it again. Now the tire is easily removed with just the tools under the hood
Here is a pic of what the lock looks like when it is removed.
I know this is a little long winded for something so simple, but hopefully it prevents a few guys from being stuck on the side of the road with no access to their spare tire.
I know this is not the only way to skin this cat, so i'll leave the reply option on so others can post the way they handled it