How to Locate and Remove the Spare Tire on a Chevy/GMC Truck

Updated on July 22, 2016
The rear of a Chevy Truck has the tailgate, trailer wires, and spare tire access.
The rear of a Chevy Truck has the tailgate, trailer wires, and spare tire access.

Chevrolet Trucks have been a reliable form of transportation, and a workhorse of many companies and familties for many decades. My last Chevy Truck was a 2000 Silverado 1500 LS Model (not the one in the pic.), and it did everything from grocery runs to towing an 8x20 trailer.

The one thing everyone worries about when doing any thing with a truck like this is dealing with the fateful flat tire. Having experienced this, I thought I would pass on a little knowledge on gaining access and removing the spare tire.

Tools to remove a Chevy Spare Tire

The tools needed to remove the spare tire from a Chevrolet truck are:

  • Ignition Key
  • Jack Kit (without the jack) - long pouch under the rear bench seat, which includes a crowbar and several square-shaped rods. (If you don't have this kit, they are readily available everywhere.)

Hopefully from this short list you realize how simple the good engineers at Chevy have made it to get to the spare tire. Once you have these items on hand, proceed to the rear of the vehicle and follow these instructions.

Chevy Truck Spare Tire Removal Instructions

  1. Proceed to the rear of the truck.
  2. Acknowledge that the spare tire exists. To do this, drop to one knee, and look up and under the back of the truck, just behind the bumper. If you look in the picture above, you can see it just under the bumper, behind the tow hitch bar. (If you press your nose against the monitor, you'll see the grooves of the tire.)
  3. Once you know that you have a spare tire, return to both feet and locate the rectangular plastic cover that is to the passenger side of the license plate. Remove the plastic cover, which will reveal an opening for a key.
  4. Insert the ignition key, and turn to the right while pulling a little towards you. The lock will separate from the hole, and just set the assembly in the back of the truck.
  5. Open the Tire Changing pouch to reveal the crowbar and the multiple rods. One of the rods will have an end that is open a little wider than the rest, and flanged out on all sides. This is the female end, that needs to be inserted in the hole revealed by the key lock.
  6. Add another rod to the female end rod, to give enough room to go through the bumper and reach the male end of the pully. (If you look through the hole, you'll see where the female end will match to the male end.)
  7. Insert the rod through the hole and mate up the male and female parts.
  8. Affix the crowbar to the remaining end sticking out of the bumper, and then rotate the crowbar counter-clockwise.
  9. This will turn the pully, and the spare tire descend towards the ground. Continue rotating until the tire is firmly on the ground, and continue to rotate to give some slack to the wire.
  10. This step is to separate the pulley carrier from the rim, such that you can extract the tire from under the truck.(There's not enough wire to pull the tire from under the truck.) Place your hand through the center hole of the rim and grab one end of the mount. (It is rectangular.) Feed the narrow end of the rectangle through the hole.
  11. At this point, if you don't plan to store a tire underneath, then wind the cable back up, but do not crank it all the way up. I have heard that it will jam. Instead, find somewhere safe to tuck it in, and then wind in the slack.

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      John 

      8 weeks ago

      Thank You!

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      rich 

      19 months ago

      where is tire changing poach located on 1999 tahoe

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      ken 

      19 months ago

      i'm unable to get the spare tire to release and drop down?

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      J.D. 

      23 months ago

      what if the ignition key will turn the mechanism to the right but won't release?!? i have a '04 Z71 Tahoe and when i put the key in it will turn a little to the right but will not release.

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      jmpoole@telus.net 

      2 years ago

      wish it was that easy this system is a joke

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      Salote 

      2 years ago

      You're so awesome thank you!!!!

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      louise 

      2 years ago

      Have to thank you so much for this article - not even the owner's manual tells how to use the key to get into the spare. After reading this my husband was able to actually put the spare on.

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