by Jody L. Campbell
Perforated wheel image by photooiasson from Fotolia.com
The Chevy TrailBlazer was first introduced in the United States in 2002. Although it shared a couple of years of production with the S10 Blazer, the slightly larger TrailBlazer inevitably took the place of the S10 Blazer. Unlike the S10 Blazer, the Trailblazer was only available in four-door models. The two-door versions of the S10 Blazer would mount the spare tire on the rear door of the vehicle, while the four-door versions would mount the spare tire under the rear landing gear. All TrailBlazer models adopted this method of hanging the spare under the vehicle.
Look for the roadside emergency kit on the TrailBlazer. On the shorter wheelbase models, the kit is located under the rear seat, and the longer wheelbase versions of the models store the kit in the rear side panel compartment on the driver’s side.
Lift the rear lift door (on longer wheelbase versions, this step would be done to get the kit).
Assemble the spanner onto the socket wrench by placing the square mating hole of the spanner over the end of the socket wrench to form a T-shaped tool.
Put the socket wrench through the hole in the spare tire’s drive shaft. Alignment of the end of the socket wrench with the end of the hoist shaft is important. If the end of the wrench does not reach the end of the hoist shaft, realign the socket wrench until the two are properly engaged.
Turn the spanner counterclockwise. Continue turning the wrench until the cable lowers to the ground and has enough slack to lift the spare tire and remove the center of the spare tire hub center mounting bracket. Tilt the mounting bracket (attached to the cable) sideways to fit through the axle of the spare tire.
Articles will need
- Roadside emergency kit (equipped with vehicle)