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Hey guys,

Im brand new here, and this is my first post. I'm a Honda Tech, and have been for 8 years now. I have a 2008 tundra, and ran into an issue this last tuesday. Im on the east coast, and we had a snow storm blow through. I ran over a piece of angle iron on I 95, and blew out a tire. I pulled over to the side of the road and attempted to lower the spare while waiting for a tow truck to tow me off the major road.... changing a tire in the snow with my A** hanging out in the road is not my idea of a good time! The issue I ran into was that there was nowhere for the spare tool to attach to after inserting the rod through the hole under the tailgate. To the left, there was a hole in the frame rail, and straight ahead there was something which may have been a body mount. I attempted to put the rod through the hole, as well as into the only obvious looking space in the body mount. To make a long story short, Neither worked, and I couldnt lower the spare. I got towed to NTB, and they couldnt figure out how to get it down either. So, I'm wondering if someone could take a picture of what it should look like through that hole, or if its possible that the hole in the body mount was really the crank assembly, but it was just packed with ice and couldn't accept the rod. If anyone has had any experience with this, I would really appreciate any insight. My next step is to cut down the spare tire, and get a new crank assembly if i cant figure it out. Thanks for the help guys.
 

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Its a little hard to see, but you insert the rod through the hole above the bumper, then it connects to a fitting above the tire, then turn it to release tire down.

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The first time that I lowered the spare to check the air pressure, it took me a bit to figure out how it worked also. Hopefully, you won't have to resort to cutting it.
 

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Hey guys,

Im brand new here, and this is my first post. I'm a Honda Tech, and have been for 8 years now. I have a 2008 tundra, and ran into an issue this last tuesday. Im on the east coast, and we had a snow storm blow through. I ran over a piece of angle iron on I 95, and blew out a tire. I pulled over to the side of the road and attempted to lower the spare while waiting for a tow truck to tow me off the major road.... changing a tire in the snow with my A** hanging out in the road is not my idea of a good time! The issue I ran into was that there was nowhere for the spare tool to attach to after inserting the rod through the hole under the tailgate. To the left, there was a hole in the frame rail, and straight ahead there was something which may have been a body mount. I attempted to put the rod through the hole, as well as into the only obvious looking space in the body mount. To make a long story short, Neither worked, and I couldnt lower the spare. I got towed to NTB, and they couldnt figure out how to get it down either. So, I'm wondering if someone could take a picture of what it should look like through that hole, or if its possible that the hole in the body mount was really the crank assembly, but it was just packed with ice and couldn't accept the rod. If anyone has had any experience with this, I would really appreciate any insight. My next step is to cut down the spare tire, and get a new crank assembly if i cant figure it out. Thanks for the help guys.
Your truck may be fitted with a spare tire lock. Check to see if it looks like the part on this web page: 2007-2009 Toyota Tundra Spare Tire Lock Spare Tire & Wheel Lock

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Dump out your factory jack bag. You are looking for a 6'ish silver tube with what looks like a lug nut key on the end. I had a similiar problem (lucky it was a nice day) and the tow truck driver was a prior tire tech. I personally wich mine had not come so equiped.
 

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Lemme get this straight...your azz was hanging out, you couldn't get your tool into the hole, and you want us to help???!!!! Perhaps a few photos would be in order...of the hole, not the tool. :eek:
 
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