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Old 06-10-2008, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 02 7.3 psd, it didn't have the key when I bought it. I am trying to get the spare down just in case I have a flat. I tried one of my friends but it didn't work. I was told it is exspensive to have the dealer get them down for you. Is there any way to get the tire down or what should I do?
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Go to the parts dept and ask them for the number to the company that sells the keys. There are 13 of them or so. For you to get the key you have to tell them the key code that is located on a piece of paper in your glove box unless someone else has moved it. My truck does not have a key, the square end of the rod is what fits and lowers the tire. Take a flash light and look down the shaft to see what shape yours is. I don't know what year Ford began using the funky spare tire keys. Good luck and hopefully this helped ya some.
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I have a 02 7.3 psd, it didn't have the key when I bought it. I am trying to get the spare down just in case I have a flat. I tried one of my friends but it didn't work. I was told it is exspensive to have the dealer get them down for you. Is there any way to get the tire down or what should I do?
Common problem. The star section that the special key fits into will come out it you can slip something in there to pull or pry it out. I lost my key, getting one from Ford was more trouble than it was worth. One of the issures is security and the special key while it seems to provide some it really doesn't. This is what I did when I lost my key. I took a hack saw and wired it to a broom handle. I slipped the hack saw between the bumper, frame and tire. I cut the cable. It took about a minute to put the tire on the ground, so much for security. Then I went to the dealership and bought another winch, 69 bucks it only has two bolts. Put that on without the special key and the square end of the handle fits and operates it fine. Put a chain and lock around the frame and tire.
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Spare Tire Key

MIne was missing on my used (2K mi) 07, no OEM owners manual. Had to drive to a dealer with a complete key "set" to check for the correct one, asked for & dealer ordered it @ no charge to me. (iirc they wanted about $75.) Took about a week or so.
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Thanks for the help. After looking it over for awhile I took the torch and cut the bracket that holds the tire up. Took out two bolts that hold the winch on. Got the winch out, pryed the key out. Cleaned up the cut, welded it back together, bolted it down. Works good with handle.
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Follow up question here.

If you don't have a spaer tire on the hanger would it be possible to unbolt the wench and remove the security key that way?

I just bought the truck and it didn't have a spare, so I made the guy give me one. the problem was he didn't have the key to hang it back under the truck. I have the spare riding in the bed of my truck, but would much prefer to mount it under the truck. Of course don't want to spend a bunch time and money trying to find a spare tire key.
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simple solution to this issue i had the same thing
all you have to do is call McGard the company that makes the key
take a picture up the tube not as hard as it sounds email it to them
presto they will call you back charge you $30 and ship you out a new key and the number
no need to cut hack or cause general mayhem
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Follow up question here.

If you don't have a spaer tire on the hanger would it be possible to unbolt the wench and remove the security key that way?

I just bought the truck and it didn't have a spare, so I made the guy give me one. the problem was he didn't have the key to hang it back under the truck. I have the spare riding in the bed of my truck, but would much prefer to mount it under the truck. Of course don't want to spend a bunch time and money trying to find a spare tire key.
The way I understand it is if the spare isn't mounted, all you have to do is crawl under and pry the key socket off the winch. Then, assuming the winch is working, you can just crank your spare in place.
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I finally got the time to crawl under there last night, and poped off the tube and poped out the key adapter. Cranks with the jack crank just fine. The whole process took less than 5 minutes.
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I hammered a 12point socket onto it. Works like a champ. I'll crawl later and check what size.
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1. I hammered a 4' piece of 1/2" EMT in the tube. It went right around the diameter of the key. 2. Then I pulled real hard on the pipe and the key came right out. 3. Then I was real proud of myself cause I didn't have to cut the cable and the key was removed.
4. About a year later or so someone stole my spare. Now it's locked up there real tight.

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Pry it out, and use the old crank, that had the common peened end on it. Works just like the older trucks, before the day of stolen spares. Yeah, I had to do that. Good luck.
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I've replied to this issue a dozen times! 2 feet of extensions, a cheap tiawan 9/16" 6 point socket, a ten pound sledge.
Drive the socket over the key. Crank to lower. Start to finish is 3 minutes- tire on the ground.

It works great every time!

Then just remove the key from the jack slot and throw the sucker in the garbage!

Sorry you wasted all that time....It's been posted here many, many times...
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Lost spare tire key

I just did this on my 04 F350 single rear wheel and it worked perfectly - tire on the ground in minutes



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I've replied to this issue a dozen times! 2 feet of extensions, a cheap tiawan 9/16" 6 point socket, a ten pound sledge.
Drive the socket over the key. Crank to lower. Start to finish is 3 minutes- tire on the ground.

It works great every time!

Then just remove the key from the jack slot and throw the sucker in the garbage!

Sorry you wasted all that time....It's been posted here many, many times...
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Yup, it works! I had that dilemma when I bought my 04 F-350...no spare tire key. I bought some cheap extensions and used a cheapo 9/16" 6 point socket. I hammered it on and let the tire down no problem. I had to then remove the tire winch assembly (which was easy only 2 bolts) to retrieve the socket and key plug after a little prying. I was hesitant at first because I didn't want to mess anything up, but the socket wedges right over the outside of the key plug and it is tight. I probably could have left it on there and just used the extensions to let down and lift up the tire every time I needed it. Even if you have the key I think it is a good idea to do this anyway, as I have had problems with the key socket stripping out on my work truck while trying to change a tire. It was stranded for 2 days on a mountain back road until we brought another spare up to it.
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