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Old 02-09-2014, 09:20 AM
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so yesterday my stepdad called to tell me he hit a chunk of ice on the highway and sliced a tire,
and how difficult the spare jack is to get out from under the seat,

its pretty cold here hes 77, and thankfully there are good people in this world.. someone local had a floor jack, and took his spare down an changed it for him

unfortunately the rim got damaged and tire is gone, so we went to a local tire shop and got a new tire orderd an will have the rim repaird, its more like alittle rash

i never really thought about changing tires as i have road hazard but i would imagine that spare after a few years would be so rusted under there it would be hard to remove ... and that jack is more work to remove ,
so hes going to keep his spare in the bed, and take a smaller floor jack with him
he uses his cars alot more than i do..

hes pretty bum'd about the rim i said hay at least nobody was injured.. and it can be fixd
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The spare will actually get more rusted in the bed (and become a projectile in an accident if not secured). Why dont you take the time to show him how to pull the spare down (it will come down under its own weight) and remove the jack. It doesnt sound like he is physically incapable of changing the tire. Carrying extra tools is not always neccassary. I do agree the jack can be a pain the first time. Once you unscrew the lock nut a few times it will come out with relative ease.
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Yes i have to agree the jack sucks to remove i took mine and just put it back in same place with velcro much easier to remove
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The jack is under the passenger side front seat
I know that with bucket seats, there is a plastic panel that fits between the floor & the seat bottom
The panel comes off easily if you grab the panel towards the front, i pulled lightly and sort of wiggled it a bit, the front part released & then i gingerly pulled on the panel out & forwards.
These tabs that hold the panel on are not very rugged
The jack, lug wrench & the lug locking socket, ( if you have one ) are all right there
Make sure that you have the locking socket in place after any tire rotation or repair is done by another person
That part disappears fairly often & then you are screwed if you have to change tires when you are away from home

The Discount Tire shop near me has a tool that someone made for lowering & raising the spare tire, it fits into the hole above the bumper & goes into the raising & lowering mechanism, the other end has a fitting that a air gun fits into.
On the road most people don't have an air gun, so i want to make that tool with a fitting that a Speed Wrench could fit into.

http://www.listoftools.com/images/socket_set.png
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