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Aloha JF, I have a 2003 Sebring Convertible I bought and

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Customer: Aloha JF, I have a 2003 Sebring Convertible I bought and noticed a few things. First, spare tire has a plastic screw (about 2-3 inches in diameter) that secures the spare. However, to try to remove it (so that in case I have a road issue), it is super hard to remove. Any alternative?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I just got this car.....and spare is on the floor as it is to be with the screw in the middle. When they positioned the tire in and to secure this tire, they have this plastic piece that holds it in secure. When I try to turn it, it is super difficult to turn it in its direction for removal.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If you're unable to turn the nut that holds the spare tire down it may be corroded in place or it may simply be tighter than you're able to turn. It's very possible that the threads on the bolt are rusted to the thread insert in the nut due to moisture and the spare not being removed for an extended time. What I would recommend is applying some good penetrating oil like PB Blaster and allowing it to soak in, and if necessary you can use a large pair of pliers to break the nut loose.