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Hello everybody!! I have recently noticed how my used Outlook didn't come with a tire jack :-X ! It's supposed to be inside the inside-left panel thing in the back, right? Well I opened that and there is nothing but a bunch of wires and an empty space! I'm lucky none of my tires have gone out while I was away from home! :eek: So, the big question is, where can I get one? Thanks! :D
 

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I believe on certain models there was a "tire inflator kit" that had a liquid sealant that would repair the hole or puncture and the inflator would enable refilling of the tire. Hence no traditional 'scissor' type jack. Kind of leaves you hanging if you have a blow-out and need a spare tire and a jack to do the swap at roadside. Then again, there's also roadside assistance and/or auto-club.

If you elect to pickup a jack from an auto-wrecker, just make sure you're getting one from a Lambda. The jack needs to be capable of lifting and supporting the weight of this vehicle. Those supplied with other (smaller) vehicles may not be up to the task.
 

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I was just thinking...are you sure you have a spare? Crawl under there and take a look. If you had the optional inflator kit, I don't think you got the spare so a jack would be a waste for ya.
 

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@ lkreykes, please provide me with your VIN and I can look into your build information about this for you.

Michelle, GM Customer Service
 

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yes- check to be sure there is an actual spare (steel spare donut) under the rear bumper.
If not there- then check to see if theres a WINCH. could be they used the spare and jack- and never put them back.

this is the winch..
and the jack on my Traverse. it should be very similar on yours.
If you dont have it- then a jack may be useless- as you dont have a spare (the spare tire kit also has a cable to hold the full size spare in the trunk area)








 

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the small spare in the trunk- that would be the FULL SIZE if it were flat
 

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what exactly is that cable to supposed to do? Is it also stored with the jack? I've never looked under my car for a spare or the jack until I quickly glanced at this thread. OP is right, that would suck pretty bad if you needed to use the spare tire and it wasn't there...

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andrewpm said:
what exactly is that cable to supposed to do? Is it also stored with the jack?
yes stored with the jack.

Imagine this scenario.
You and family are on the road-
you get a flat.
You put the full size flat tire in the rear storage area after you put the doughnut on.
Youre headed down the highway- and crash- or make a severe panic stop-
That tire in the back- can become a very heavy loose item in the cabin-
Or maybe the vehicle rolls over- that tire is going to be bouncing around inside the vehicle-
hiting everyones head..
The cable helps hold the tire in place.
 

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Huh, never knew about the cable.

Of course, now all the luggage and whatnot that was in the rear is not up front on someone's lap so it gets to be the projectile instead of the tire. :D
 

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I never knew there was a cable , I'll have to look.
 

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more like crushing- or breaking necks.... :eek:
 

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This thread reminds me to go out and lower my spare to make sure everything operates as it should, I've never done it since new :-[
 

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Reminds me of my 1988 Grand Caravan. Dad bought it new and gave it to me at about 110K or so. We drive it for another 75K before trading it on the Odyssey.

Anyway, at some point it needed new tires and I knew the full size spare under the rear was pretty pathetic, so I asked the tire guy to drop it and put the best of the old tires under there as the spare. He came back later and asked where the spare was again. "Under the back." "No it isn't." "What do you mean?" I went out to the shop and all that was under there was about 10" of frayed cable hanging from the winch. I guess I had lost it somewhere, hopefully in a way that didn't endanger anyone. :eek: I had no idea.

A new winch was about $100 plus a junkyard wheel and a couple hours under the van putting it all back together.
 

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Maybe it fell off while your dad had it ???
 

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Nope,I had changed a tire since we owned it, that's why I knew the spare wasn't much good.
 

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medicrxdoc said:
I was just thinking...are you sure you have a spare? Crawl under there and take a look. If you had the optional inflator kit, I don't think you got the spare so a jack would be a waste for ya.
Yes I have the spare tire, I had to use it a couple weeks ago, luckily I was at home so I used my own jack. I do not have the optional inflator kit or the jack.
rbarrios said:
yes- check to be sure there is an actual spare (steel spare donut) under the rear bumper.
If not there- then check to see if theres a WINCH. could be they used the spare and jack- and never put them back.
I do have a spare, so yes there is a winch :D

rbarrios said:
this is the winch..
and the jack on my Traverse. it should be very similar on yours.
If you dont have it- then a jack may be useless- as you dont have a spare (the spare tire kit also has a cable to hold the full size spare in the trunk area)
Where is that cable located?
I guess since my car is the very base version that a jack just didn't come with the car, which is pretty stupid. I have OnStar activated so I could just ring them up in case of a flat.
 

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I guess since my car is the very base version that a jack just didn't come with the car, which is pretty stupid.

Wrong! You said your car did come with a spare tire, and if it was a factory installed spare, a jack would have been included from the factory. You also said you purchased it used. There lies the problem.

Your jack was jacked either prior to, or during, it's time on the used car lot! Or the previous owner has it sitting in his garage.
 
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