So on a 2000 Grand caravan, the spare was taken off once and then put back on, tightening it up until the winch clicked twice like the manual said to do. I can't get the tire to come down now; the cable will come out all the way but the tire will still be in mid-air like it was glued to the winch. I can push pull and pry but no go. Is it a bad winch?
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Happened to our 2001, leaving us stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. I wound up using a big screwdriver and prying the secondary latch back which was badly corroded. The secondary latch no longer works but at least I can access the spare if I need to.
2001 GC ES, 203K miles, Chrysler 2000,000 mile club license plate holder
1988 GC LE, 208K miles(RIP)
2012 Camry hybrid
1970 Camaro, original owner
Well the Dodge dealer told me that it should just come right down, which is what it did the first time, i.e. I didn't have to release a secondary latch, but if there is one I wonder why it didn't work the first time. So what did you do to fix it?
This happened on a 05 GC that I own and I had to take apart the piece that has the 2 flippers that go thru the centre of the rim. I was only taking the tire down to check it since I have never used it. You should see 2 c clips remove those and slide the pins out. Make sure that you have someone or something holding up the spare when you do this. Once the pins slide out the tire will drop down then you should be able to see the 2 locking tabs that you need to squeeze together to release the holder from the winch. Clean it up and lubricate and reassemble the flippers.