Well, depending on how tight the tire is up against the bed, you could try
to push the bracket out by hand. As I recall, to get to the "hoist" you
have to have the tire down. You should be able to cut the cable right at
the bracket, just be careful of falling tires. :)
If it's a 1999 new body style...... GM has a design interference issue
for lowering the spare tire. For 99-2000 GM issued a 'fix' shim
which lowered the spare tire storage position on the frame so that the
would align with the winch socket. The crank hits the tire sidewall so
the crank will not align with the socket. Use a short socket link
(do not go thru the rear bumper hole) to get the tire lowered.
I didn't reply to the group because this was so long ago I thought everyone
had known about this for some time.
BTW, my reply to the OP was sent back as undeliverable.
GM came out with a revised flex tool to lower the spare, it was offered free
to anyone that could not lower the spare. The problem is when the spare is
cranked up it bends a plastic tube that is between the bumper and winch and
the ridged tool that came with the truck cannot reach the winch due to this
bend. When the problem first arose GM advised dealers to let the air out of
the spare (to take the pressure off the plastic tube) and lower the spare.
They didn't notify owners of the problem for at least a year. I wonder how
many people laid under a truck with a flat letting the air out of their
spare so they could lower it, and then rolling it off the interstate to rein
it only to roll it back and install it.
Bottoms Up Divers
I'm not sure about your '99, but on my '04 the bracket that is attatched to
the end of the lift cable is held together by a center nut on a threaded rod
on the end of the cable, which in turn is passed through a short, heavy
spring. The bracket on the end of the cable lifts and holds the spare tire
through the center hole of the rim, and the spring allows some "play" when
tightening the lift cable once the spare is seated up underneath the bed.
If you get directly under the spare tire you should see the center nut on
the cable end bracket in the center of the spare's rim. Making sure to
support the tire, you should be able to remove the nut and release the
bracket from the cable, dropping the spare tire right onto your head if you
didn't read the first part of this sentence. The cable should not need to
be cut at all.
Cheers - Jonathan
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