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Old 07-20-2011, 10:31 PM
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Wash up in the restroom? Carry some hand sanitizer? Or just carry some gloves?

Your old tire that you're removing is going to be dirty no matter what so trying to keep a spare clean so you don't get dirty is just impractical.
Impractical?

I wouldn't say so; clean = easier to work with; and I can almost guarantee that if your spare has never been lowered, that it will be quite a bit dirtier than any tire that you have on your wheels now. Take a look if you don't believe me.

Maybe some people just don't like a dirty spare tire - it seems the OP doesn't, and I know I don't.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:04 PM
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sorry t ask a dumb question, but when you guyss say the cable with the spare tire, what is this cable you speak of?

When I looked under my truck at my spare today(to make sure it was aired up and at proper psi) thereis no cable to speak of. there is just a bolt and a hanger of sorts to keep my spare tire up in the carrier.

my carrier looks more-or-less like the under-bed spare tire carrier in the link > http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fr/full.aspx?Page=28
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:33 PM
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sorry t ask a dumb question, but when you guyss say the cable with the spare tire, what is this cable you speak of?

When I looked under my truck at my spare today(to make sure it was aired up and at proper psi) thereis no cable to speak of. there is just a bolt and a hanger of sorts to keep my spare tire up in the carrier.

my carrier looks more-or-less like the under-bed spare tire carrier in the link > http://www.lmctruck.com/icatalog/fr/full.aspx?Page=28
On current generation Rangers, there is a winch and cable arrangement to raise/lower the spare tire - can't speak with certainty about your generation - maybe someone can chime in, or perhaps it's an aftermarket piece as pictured in the link?
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:43 PM
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Impractical?

I wouldn't say so; clean = easier to work with; and I can almost guarantee that if your spare has never been lowered, that it will be quite a bit dirtier than any tire that you have on your wheels now. Take a look if you don't believe me.

Maybe some people just don't like a dirty spare tire - it seems the OP doesn't, and I know I don't.
You can keep it as clean as you like.. If you have to change a tire.. you're going to get dirty no matter what.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:03 AM
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You can keep it as clean as you like.. If you have to change a tire.. you're going to get dirty no matter what.
And that's fine . . . not disputing that; just won't get as "dirty" as when dealing with a spare that's dirtier than need be . . .

And as I've stated, dropping and cleaning everything up just seems to me to be a natural extension of keeping everything in good working order . . .

So it made sense to to keep the spare as clean as I can, since I lower and inspect it periodically.

Anyway, I'm not trying to be contentious merely for the sake of argument; the OP posted a question, and I answered in a way that tries to address his concerns.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:10 AM
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Impractical?

I wouldn't say so; clean = easier to work with; and I can almost guarantee that if your spare has never been lowered, that it will be quite a bit dirtier than any tire that you have on your wheels now. Take a look if you don't believe me.

Maybe some people just don't like a dirty spare tire - it seems the OP doesn't, and I know I don't.
When we got our truck the cable had to be torched/cut to get the spare off because the previous owner never bothered to perform any preventive maintenance on it whatsoever. if my honey had gotten a flat somewhere on the road it would've meant an expensive and time consumiing emergency tow truck rescue instead of just a simple spare change which she could have done herself if everything was clean and working properly.

Also the wheel was so rusty from all the dirt build-up holding water in that we had to scrap it and get a new wheel.

The spare is an essential part of your road hazard repair kit... so yeah, preventive maintenance, people.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:45 PM
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Hmmm...seems my thread got hijacked a little here!

WHY do I care if the spare is dirty? Why not? If I can relocate it in the bed and maybe make up a pvc cover for it, it keeps clean but more to the point is easy to access at any time.

On a related subject - I have a LONG operating handle (maybe 3-4 feet long with the flattened end, looking in the Haynes manual it shows (on the 4 cyl engine bay) the handle across the front of the engine bay atop the radiator - there is also a sticker under my hood that says "remove handle from engine bay" and the handle itself has the remains of a plastic retainer clip, but I can't see anyway it would fit as the radiator and shrouds is different from the 4 cyl engine bay.

Another mystery!

At the moment it's stowed behind the seats...
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