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How do I Lower the Spare Tire on a 1998 Ford Explorer When the Crank Is Missing or Broken?

by Katebo

Regular car maintenance is vital to make sure your car is equipped with all the tools necessary to keep you from getting stuck on the road. It is important to make sure that your spare tire is full of air and can be of service to you in case of a flat. Also necessary is a tool to lower the spare tire on your 1998 Ford Explorer. If the crank to lower your spare is missing, there are other methods to get the job done.

Notice in the back of the Ford Explorer where the crank normally would fit if you had it with you. You will see a hole that you would slide the crank into.

Slide your giant flat-head screwdriver into the hole. Use the pliers to turn the screwdriver counterclockwise and lower the spare tire. If this does not work, move on to the next step.

Slide under the back of the vehicle so you are looking up at the spare tire. Inspect the area where the wire cable holds the spare tire on the vehicle.

Cut the cable with the wire cutters. The cable can be difficult to cut and may take some time.


  • The owner's manual of your Ford Explorer will help you in locating tools and the location of the lowering cylinder.


  • Cutting the spare tire cable is a last resort because you will need to replace the cable in order to have your spare tire returned to its proper location later.

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