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Old 09-03-2009, 12:03 PM
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Spare tire winch

My spare tire winch is all rusted out and the pin is broken off on the stub end, so I have no way to use the jack tool to unwind the spare tire.

Anyone have any ideas of ways to get the spare tire out? Can I replace that winch?
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:17 PM
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if the cotter pin is broken... just push the pin out with a hammer/punch.

Otherwise just cut the cable or piece that goes through the rim center
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How you liking the Durango? Any pics of it?
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if the cotter pin is broken... just push the pin out with a hammer/punch.

Otherwise just cut the cable or piece that goes through the rim center
The stub end is kind of recessed under the floor of the trunk so I can't get a punch/hammer in there. If I cut the cable, is there a way to replace this whole mechanism? It's so rusty I can't tell how it works.

Anthony...I just got it last weekend, but it seems really nice. High mileage but everything seems to run good. I'll send pics your way once I got them. My only issue right now is this damn spare tire winch! I don't want to have to call for a tow if I get a flat at the side of the road! The Dakota is running great too!! How bout yours? Still running strong? Drop me an e-mail we'll catch up.
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i had the same problem, i used a dremmel and cut the peice on the top of the cable, just be careful not to drop the tire on your head. i used an ATV jack to keep the tire in place. After that i had to drill out the screws that is holding the Winch, now i am shopping to find the replacment. Dealer want 160$ for it, (part number for 98 Durango is 52019816AB) but i found it here https://www.dodgeparts.com/oe_parts_catalog.html for 80$, if you find it cheaper please let me know.
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i had the same problem, i used a dremmel and cut the peice on the top of the cable, just be careful not to drop the tire on your head. i used an ATV jack to keep the tire in place. After that i had to drill out the screws that is holding the Winch, now i am shopping to find the replacment. Dealer want 160$ for it, (part number for 98 Durango is 52019816AB) but i found it here https://www.dodgeparts.com/oe_parts_catalog.html for 80$, if you find it cheaper please let me know.
So does the new one just bolt right in once you cut the old junk out? Or do you need to fabricate something up?
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It bolts right in, older model two screw and newer one just one. Make sure you get the right part.
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There seems to be a little plug behind the licence plate that comes out..bout the size of a dime...does anyone know what that's for? Is it an emergency release for the spare tire or something?
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So I am looking to replace my winch assy as well because it is rusted and the cable is snapped off which forces me to keep my spare in the bed. I went out to take the old one off, is it seriously bolted from the top down? I see no way to remove it without pulling the bed off. If this is the case, I am going to the closest Dodge dealer and kicking the first employee I see in the nuts, then walking out... I am actually pulling the bed off soon anyway because I found a mint cond rust free bed to replace it with but that is besides the point.
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