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Old 02-12-2013, 01:34 PM
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NEED HELP WITH SPARE TIRE LOCK

Hello all. Purchased a pre-owned 2008 F250. If you look in the tube where you insert the rod to crank down and lower the spare there is a lock of some sort in there and the key is nowhere to be found. Spoke w prev owner and has no clue either. Called local Ford dealer and said only thing ya can do is cut the cable and replace the spare tire holding mechanism.

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Yup guys here @work lose the key and its always fun to watch them under there with the hacksaw...
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Did they change the spare tire carrier? I ask because I replaced mine on my '01 last year. I pryed the key out of the old carrier and put it in the new one.

With the key out, I could have just used the end of the rod that you stick in the jack to crank it up or down.

If you can do the above, you may be able to get a new "key set" (one for the carrier, one for the rod)
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Hello all. Purchased a pre-owned 2008 F250. If you look in the tube where you insert the rod to crank down and lower the spare there is a lock of some sort in there and the key is nowhere to be found. Spoke w prev owner and has no clue either. Called local Ford dealer and said only thing ya can do is cut the cable and replace the spare tire holding mechanism.

Suggestions ??

Thanks
i literally just had this issue tonight! had a slow leak and had to put my spare on until i can patch it or get a new tire BUT also i bought my truck used and dont have the key!! what i did was took a 3/8 socket wrench with about 20 inches in extensions with a 15mm socket on the end. i used a 15mm socket that is used to grab stripped bolts so it really grabs ahold of it put it in and turn counter clockwise. came right down hope this helps my truck is a 2004 so yours may be diffrent but, not sure just my suggestion
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:15 PM
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ive got the same issue, i cant put a spare back under. i have to keep it in the bed

ive even been to the junkyard and picked around in all of the trucks they had and cant find anything that fits
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:58 AM
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Im just.going to cut tje cable and replace spare holding mechanism
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where are you going to get it from?

if its not from ford, if you could post the link that would be great
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:11 PM
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The entire spare holding mechanism is from ford which i will have to replace after cable is cut
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We regularly remove the tube and pound the "lock" out with a drift and a hammer. No need to cut the cable.
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I had the same problem, and there is no need to cut the cable! You take a cheap socket (should be 9/16, or you could use a 15mm extractor socket and then you wouldn't have to hammer it on) a few extensions and a small sledge, hammer the socket onto the "lock" then lower the tire like you normally would, crawl under with a long flat blade screwdriver and pop the lock off the winch assembly (you will have to remove that plastic tube but that's pretty self explanatory when you get under there). And that's it.

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