But I got another issue (several actually)....but one I'm kinda stumped on.... Idk if I should start another thread or just keep goin on this one??? But I can't seem to figure out how to release my spare tire. I've watched plenty of videos and read several threads on the crappy design of the safety latch mechanism being rusty and etc.... Problem is I can't get mine to come down at all. It is completely stuck at the very top with zero slack in the cable. I've jammed a screwdriver up inside the mechanism like the videos show after spraying it down with PB blaster and couldn't get it to release. Only thing I can think of to do next is to somehow either cut the cable holding up the spare tire or unbolt the winch mechanism but I can't get anything close to the bolt where it is mounted on. There seems to be no room from the top side of spare to get to the winch... So idk what to do... Every video I've seen has been able to slightly lower their tire a few inches or so but mine won't move a millimeter.
square female end goes in the hole, put 2 links together shove the female end in the hole, turn the rod slowly and push at the same time and you will feel it slip in and lock in place.
if that does not happen pull the rod out and look in there with a flashlight and see if there is anything blocking the hole, dirt/rock, whatever.
once the rod is in place turn it counterclockwise
if that doesn't work then try this