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Old 10-15-2010, 05:34 PM
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The 6 point 9/16" socket trick worked great, but you need 24" + of extension to get it all the way in. I've had me truck for 5 years and never needed to change a tire. I'm glad I did not get stuck on the side of the road with no key. I would be pissed. Thanks FTE.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:41 PM
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I just got stuck with a flat left front on my 2008 KR Super Duty Crew Cab with with my wife, no key, in the rain, on the side of an interstate, in a curve, at night, talk about a rude awakening. If you ever need a rollback make sure it's a 19 footer, if they show up with a 17 footer the truck won't fit. Lessons learned!!!
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:49 AM
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Sorry for the rotten luck hipockets. I'd come across a thread on this last year and removed the lock, preventive-like. Since I'm now prepared for it, I hope that means I'll never need it. One more reason I love FTE.
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THANKS !!!

Just wanted to post that this trick works GREAT !

I just picked up a 2006 F-250 CC V10 (hence the username) and while going over the rig before I go on a trip towing a 27' travel trailer, I checked the spare kit behind the seat, and sure enough, the 'key' was missing.

Bought the extractor sockets yesterday, quick tap with a hammer to set the socket over the key, and then lowered the spare. The extensions I used are the locking-collar type, so when I pulled them back out, the socket stayed connected to the extension, and (lucky me), the stupid lock came out with it !

Now I just put my 3/8 extension in and wind it up and down. What a life-saver this site is, especially considering the Ford dealers are worthless and completely un-helpful in my area.

This is my first venture into Ford gas engine rigs - my previous two trucks were an '89 SuperCab with a flat 7.3, and a '97 SuperCab with a 7.3 PSD. I still have the PSD, with just under (no kidding) 500,000 on it .

I bought this 2006 V10 for my daily driver - yeah, I know a lot of people think I'm crazy, but I get re-imbursed for mileage from work, and I appreciate the safety of being back up in a truck, as my other (now wife's) vehicle is a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with 170,000 on it and still going.

Anyway, I just had to register on this site to give kudos to the OP for this excellent tip !
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Just wanted to post that this trick works GREAT !

I just picked up a 2006 F-250 CC V10 (hence the username) and while going over the rig before I go on a trip towing a 27' travel trailer, I checked the spare kit behind the seat, and sure enough, the 'key' was missing.

Bought the extractor sockets yesterday, quick tap with a hammer to set the socket over the key, and then lowered the spare. The extensions I used are the locking-collar type, so when I pulled them back out, the socket stayed connected to the extension, and (lucky me), the stupid lock came out with it !

Now I just put my 3/8 extension in and wind it up and down. What a life-saver this site is, especially considering the Ford dealers are worthless and completely un-helpful in my area.

This is my first venture into Ford gas engine rigs - my previous two trucks were an '89 SuperCab with a flat 7.3, and a '97 SuperCab with a 7.3 PSD. I still have the PSD, with just under (no kidding) 500,000 on it .

I bought this 2006 V10 for my daily driver - yeah, I know a lot of people think I'm crazy, but I get re-imbursed for mileage from work, and I appreciate the safety of being back up in a truck, as my other (now wife's) vehicle is a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with 170,000 on it and still going.

Anyway, I just had to register on this site to give kudos to the OP for this excellent tip !
welcome to fte. no need to carry a 3/8th. extention. your factory jack tool works perfect. it fits in the hole that the key was in.
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Another happy reader here.

For those looking for the bolt extractor, I needed the 15mm extractor that was not included in the Irwin brand set. Returned that to homedepot and I ran to sears and picked up their kit for $19.99 and used the #9 sized socket, tapped with a mallet, and down it went.

The screwdriver popped the "lock" right off so now I don't need the missing "key".

While I had it lowered, I greased up the cable.

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excellent!!!!!

Dude! first ting in the AM....both spares gonna get dropped. Thanks

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Hi. Something slightly different. I just had to lower the spare to put on a new hitch and found out I didn't have the key. Tried lots of things before finding that a Proto 9/16" 6 point 3/8" drive impact socket worked. I used a long extension and a 1/2" impact air wrench and pushed in on the wrench while turning counter clockwise.
Thanks to this thread now I don't have to go and find at the dealer the proper key. Sure glad this forum is here.
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Smile Removing spare tire key

jonrjen was right on! You can remove the key and the sorry thing it is fitting into and then it works fine. Many thanks!
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Strange first post...

I would be hesitant to try it..
I think's it cool that his first post was a helpful tip, and not something that could have been googled in two minutes.
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Gotta love this FTE Forum....
I picked up my 06 Super Duty F250 Lariat about 6 months ago...
even made a 600 mile run into Baja with it.
Just today decided I better know how to change the tire if ever needed.
You guessed it... no spare tire lock!
Went onto FTE, searched around a little, and "voila"....
went down to Sears and got a 6 pt 9/16" socket.
Banged the 24" extension with a hammer a few times..
Came down like a champ.
The security key actually almost fell out from where it was mounted when I removed the socket (the key was firmly lodged in the socket)
That was a pretty lame excuse for "technology".
I like the Chevy answer with the lock in the bumper...

Whatever. You guys rock!
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Wow. Just picked up a 2005 F350 that was used to tow a lot. I better check on that spare hoist in the morning...
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That's pretty cool. I know it can definitely be a pain in the butt...
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Used to go on a lot of tow calls "flat tire no spare" get on scene and no spare turns out to be a flat spare or a rusted jammed cable system. Spare tire maint. should be included in your routine maint. schedule.
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Does anyone know where to get the hand crank to fit into the winch receptacle?

I bought a 2000 F250 and the spare tire tools aren't there.
I have a new spare and the winch works fine. But my mechanic put it up there, how I do not know. He did say the hand crank wasn't available from his used parts source.

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