In Focus: Thexton Manufacturing GM Stuck Spare Tire Release Kit

Feb. 3, 2015
This kit is designed to release the secondary locking mechanism on GM spare tires, which is currently on 13 million vehicles on the U.S. roads today.

The Thexton Manufacturing GM Stuck Spare Tire Release Kit, No. THX805, can release the secondary latch on most GM trucks and SUVs from 2002-2012. This latch commonly rusts or freezes due to its exterior locations. This prevents the tire from lowering. Some technicians have tried cutting the cable to release the tire. This results in the tire still being stuck and the tire holding assembly to be replaced. This tool saves the techs time and money by preventing unneeded towing and makes releasing the spare tire simple. The longer tool (805-1) is made of steel. The shorter tool (805-2) is made of aluminum. 805-2 weighs 0.35 lbs and the 805-1 weighs 3.65 lbs.

Selling points

  • This kit is designed to release the secondary locking mechanism on GM spare tires.
  • This faulty latch is currently on over 13 million vehicles on U.S. roads.
  • Corroded or frozen cable/latch causes spare tire not to drop.

Features and benefits

This product can release the secondary latch on most GM trucks and SUVs from 2002-2012 (over 13 million vehicles on U.S roads). This latch commonly rusts or freezes due to its exterior location. This prevents the tire from lowering. Some technicians have tried cutting the cable to release the tire. This results in the tire still being stuck and may require the tire holding assembly to be replaced. This tool saves the techs time and money by preventing unneeded towing and makes releasing the spare tire simple.

Application

This product applies to all GM pickups and SUVs from 2002-2012 with the secondary latch spare tire mechanism.

Origin

This idea came about from an Internet forum with many techs complaining about having to use “makeshift” methods which often resulted in damage to the vehicle. This kit was designed to prevent damage to the vehicle and also to prevent techs from needing to tow vehicles into their shop instead of just doing a roadside repair.

Manufacturing specs

This product is made in the U.S. using laser cutting and machining. The longer tool (805-1) is made of steel. The shorter tool (805-2) is made of aluminum. 805-2 weighs 0.35 lbs and the 805-1 weighs 3.65 lbs.

Storage and display

This item is shipped in a tube with a label on the outside. Users should take it out of the tube once on the truck, so possible customers could physically see the product.

Testimonials

  • Brandon Jahnz, AAA Auto Salvage, Rosemount, Minn.: "This tool works awesome, great design for getting the spare tires down. (It) really worked well."
  • Tracy Jones, AAA Auto Parts, Rosemount, Minn.: 'Well designed tool! Works great on those stubborn carriers!"
  • Kevin Marek, Marek’s Towing, Lakeville, Minn.: "We have used this tool on 10 pickups and have gotten them all down."

Suggested retail price

$99.99

For more information

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