Just a word of advice, especially if you live in high salt areas, you should probably take down your spare tire 2 to 3 times a year, and I definitely recommend greasing the thread on the spare tire carrier. I am already on my third one. They are cheap to replace but if you find yourself breaking them on the highway while changing a tire, you could be in a word of trouble...Two have snapped on me due to rust, and the third would no longer turn (again due to rust). The third one I first tried getting to come off with ratchets, a monkey wrench' and tons of elbow grease...in the end I had to take a Dewalt Sawzell (reciprocating saw) with a metal attachment to the spare tire carrier. I have pictures of the carrier which was subsequently crushed from the initial attempt at loosening it with the monkey wrench. So seeing as its summer, take 10 minutes to lower your carrier and grease up those threads to keep it from rusting and to keep you from having to take it out via power tools.
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