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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 21:49    Post subject: Spare Wheel - When did you last check......... Reply with quote

Hi all,

Thought I put a separate post for an activity I perform during each service.

The spare wheel is lowered and raised by way of using the extension attachments in the tools, to connect through the bumper to a hidden winding mechanism. This winding mechanism looks polyurethane, but is sandwiched amoungst metal plates, metal axle, and the chain itself for lowering/raising the wheel.

The square end of the extension (you’ll know what I mean when you see it) interface to the Turing mechanism, feels like it wouldn’t be up to much, if you tried to exert extra force on it, to free the rotation mechanism, if it were siezed.

therein, you could come across this problem at a most inconvenient time, I.e if you had a flat, and needed to lower the spare, but you found it all seized.

I mention this, as even if it’s in the Toyota servicing requirements (which I doubt) to check operations and grease it etc, I doubt it would ever get attended to during routine service

So, even if if a novice, it’s worth “trialing” a spare wheel change “in your own time” out with a flat tyre event itself.

Would recommend, next time you have a spare 1/2hr, get the manual out,  locate the tools, and lower/raise the spare wheel, get an oil can and oil the rotating mechaism, check the spare tyre presssure then raise it back into position. (If your feeling extra confident, get the jack, see where the jacking points are and lift the LC of the ground also)

Then if you get a flat, you know what to do, and more important you’ll get to the wheel you need.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 14:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 2007 Hilux had the similar winch arrangement for lowering/raising the underslung spare wheel, i made a point of every few months lowering the wheel for inspection, general cleaning in the area and always greased the mechanism well.

Also i used a motorcycle chain and serious padlock through the wheel and over the chassis rail to prevent theft.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 14:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

When mine get serviced Toyota always put the thread depth on the service report, but I do wonder if they would notice if it had no air in it, let alone think to wind it down clean/lubricate the mechanism then wind it back up again.

Will inspect sometime myself.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 19:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you hear spare tire chain when driving at higher speeds?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 22:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

poze wrote:
Do you hear spare tire chain when driving at higher speeds?


If that question was for me, the answer is no, because the chain came wrapped in some form of nylon webbing, the chain itself being around 10mm thick links, the padlock alone weighing probably a half a kilo so all in all too heavy for wind below jet fighter speed to move it, it was also just the right length to be a comfortable fit going through the centre of the wheel and over on of the main chassis rails.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 14:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

With speeds over 100km/h there is some strange rattling noise coming from back left end of the lc, so I tought it might be that chain... but will have to keep looking. Everything else inside body compartments in the back (door and body) is wrapped in clothing so it shouldn't rattle
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