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End of jack handle stuck in crank for lowering spare tire.

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07/10/08 12:48

End of jack handle stuck in crank for lowering spare tire.

I have a 1999 Ford Explorer. The end of the jack handle used for lowering the spare tire came off in the crank mechanism which is located through a nickel-sized hole in the rear of the cargo compartment. I cannot get the piece (L-shaped) out of the mechanism and numerous attempts to try to line up the crank handle and piece which is stuck have failed. What can I do to remove this stuck piece from the spare tire lowering mechanism and it I can't, how do I go about lowering the spare tire if needed. I am leaving shortly for a camping trip and do not want to travel with out access to my spare tire. Please answer ASAP...I'll be leaving in a couple of weeks. Thanks, Tony
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08/30/08 15:02

i m sorry i cant answer that question

i m looking to buy the l shape handle anywhere because mine is mysteriously missing

But i would see if that part can get removed by a mechanic and see if he cant shake it out or get a thinner piece of metal to get the broken piece out

11/07/08 17:17

THIS IS EXACTLY WHATS HAPPENED TO ME! RIGHT NOW! Same truck same year. Grrr PLZ someone help us with this.
01/03/09 19:59

I have the same problem with a F-150 super cab. The adapter for the end of the crank is missing.
01/10/09 11:00

I have a 99 ranger and this happened to me yesterday. I cranked the spare up then it felt like something broke loose and when I pulled the jack handle out it was missing the 'L' shaped end. I tried looking down the hole with a flashlight but I can't tell if the piece is still in the mechanism or if it fell out as I pulled the jack handle out. I thought it was a great design at first because it is easy to use but now I am not too happy with it. There doesn't seem to be a backup way to get the spare down. I hate to spend 'dealer cost' to have them fix it for me when it was Ford's bad design to begin with. I have no idea why that 'L' shape is not one piece with the jack handle to begin with. Please let me know if anyone has a way to fix this problem.
03/02/09 17:10

hey i had this same problem on my 96 explorer, i used an extendable magnet and pulled it right out...went to junkyard and got a new set of tire?jack tools for 5 bucks
04/13/10 09:48

Take the entire unit off... it comes off with two bolts. You will see a pin on the end of the shank. Tap out the pin...the hollow shank will come right off and you should be able to remove the broken part. Hope this helps. (You may be able to get the pin out by not taking the whole off.)
01/28/11 16:45
Jim Macenko

I also have a 1997 Ford Explorer missing the jack handle. A call to the local ford dealership resulted in trying to sell me a new one for $ 35.00. What a joke !
08/04/11 12:18
my computer
Thank author of this post/comment"suggestion - use crow bar tip to lower spare"

i am nother victim of this

have a 2000 ford ranger

what i was able to do was take the tailgate off and then use the supplied crow bar to lower the spare

yet i doubt you could use the crow bar to raise and lower the jack, so off to find another L piece. Hoping a junk yard is nearby and cheap.

05/24/12 05:57
Hamburg, PA
Thank author of this post/comment"Remove the Unit"

Thanks to javasurfer. I have a 1998 F150 and the jack handle was stuck. I followed the instructions on this post to remove the unit and the handle came right off. The bolts were easy to remove, even on a rusty undercarriage. I thought about putting the unit back on, but figured I'd be better off without it. I'm just keeping the spare in the back now.
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