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Unread 08-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
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Lower the spare tire on a '12 Escape

Just checked the spare tire air pressure on my '12 Escape. Is there a video, or a decent instruction on how to lower the tire? I noticed there are some bolts that are rusted so I will spray those down to loosen them. Thanks!
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Mine has the tool to lower it under the rear seats. There is an access hole almost dead center between the rear bumper and the rear tailgate seal.

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Just checked it. The rear seats look like they are 60/40. There are 2 bolts. There is a longer bolt in front of a shorter bolt. Looking at the spare there is a bolt in the center with a spring. That spring is heavily rusted. I have a feeling I am going to have to use a really good spray to loosen it. Thanks for your help!
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Reach in the crevice between the sear back and the seat itself. There is a handle made of cloth or nylon. Pull up and towards the front seats at the same time. The folds down into the floor area for the rear seats. You'll need to fold both over to access it, IIRC. You will also see the fuel pump access panel on the drivers side. A handy feature!

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Oh, and that spring and bolt are what it sits on. That assembly helps it center when cranking it up, and also (I would guess) is a type of a suspension for the cable so it absorbs tension when you hit bumps, etc.

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Decided to get off my behind and mess with the spare. Seems I made a mountain out of a molehill. It is similar to what I had a '90 and '94 Dodge Grand Caravan, only more up-to-date. The spring and bolt were not really that bad. I went ahead and sprayed some PB Buster. I did that last night. When I got the tire by itself I took a metal brush and cleaned all what was left behind. I sprayed the cable with a chain and cable spray. Sprayed the bolt and lug nut and wiped it. Lined everything and put it back together. For being a 3 year old vehicle there wasn't much dirt and mud back there. If I go on a trip, and there is quite a bit stored in the back I will take the jack before I leave. Thanks for the tip on the spring and bolt!
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I just lowered mine down and what they call the tether was not hooked or bolted to the rim. I take it yours is. I might bolt it through though none of my other cars had the extra connection
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I discovered when I did this a couple of weeks ago that I got the smaller spare. There may be enough room to place a full-size spare. I read somewhere there isn't.
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As I recall, my Brothers Limited had a larger spare than my XL. His has larger brakes, and my rims won't even go on his. We tried when we were chasing a noise on his.

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I have 16 inch rims.There are optional 17 inch there the chrome ones you'll see on mostly Limited models. My rear brakes are drum.
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