2002-2006 Mini Cooper (R50)

Putting the spare tire back under the car

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Old 03-15-2011, 03:13 PM
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Had to change the tire recently, so I got out the spare from under the trunk - very clever. But now, I can't seem to pull it up through the spring-loaded hole with enough force to make it catch. I'm of reasonable strength and intelligence, so I figure I must be doing something wrong. Or is this another quirky design detail? Enlighten me, please! Thanks.
 
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:49 AM
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What year is yours? Mine is inside the boot.
 
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:05 AM
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Mine's a 2006. The spare is under the car, held there by a device that bolts on inside the boot.
 
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Mine is a 2006 also. And your right. The spare is mounted below. I just have never looked at it, and was thinking of my last car. Did you get it back in yet?
 
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by cbickford View Post
Had to change the tire recently, so I got out the spare from under the trunk - very clever. But now, I can't seem to pull it up through the spring-loaded hole with enough car accessories force to make it catch. I'm of reasonable strength and intelligence, so I figure I must be doing something wrong. Or is this another quirky design detail? Enlighten me, please! Thanks.

Yea those are placed really smartly under BUT they are a pain in the [email protected]# to get them to lift back up. I got mine to lift up perfectly and then a friend had the same problem and I couldn't get hers to work. I think it's just bad engineering on the companies part.
 
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