Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
1. Do a safety check before proceeding. See If a Tire Goes Flat
2. Use the wrench to loosen all of the wheel nuts. Do not remove them yet.
3. Find the jacking location using the diagram above and corresponding V-shaped locating notches located in the plastic molding.
Getting under a vehicle when it is lifted on a jack is dangerous.
If the vehicle slips off the jack, you could be badly injured or killed. Never get under a vehicle when it is supported only by a jack.
Lifting a vehicle and getting under it to do maintenance or repairs is dangerous without the appropriate safety equipment and training. If a jack is provided with the vehicle, it is designed only for changing a flat tire. If it is used for anything else, you or others could be badly injured or killed if the vehicle slips off the jack. If a jack is provided with the vehicle, only use it for changing a flat tire.
Raising the vehicle with the jack improperly positioned can damage the vehicle and even make the vehicle fall. To help avoid personal injury and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle.
Notice: If you position the jack under the rocker molding and attempt to raise the vehicle, you could break the molding and/or cause other damage to your vehicle. Always position the jack so that when the jack head is raised, it will fit firmly in the notch located inboard from the rocker molding.
4. If you have a coin/pierce jack, attach the jack handle extension to the jack by sliding the hook through the end of the jack and insert the other end of the jack handle into the wrench.
If you have a hex head jack, place the hex tube end of the wrench over the hex head of the jack.
Coin/Pierce Jack and Wrench
Hex Head Jack and Wrench
5. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to lower the jack lift head until the jack fits under the vehicle.
6. Raise the jack by turning the wheel wrench clockwise until the slots in the jack head fit into the metal flange located behind the V–shaped locating notches on the plastic molding as shown.
7. Put the compact spare tire near you.
8. Raise the vehicle by turning the wheel wrench clockwise. Raise the vehicle far enough off the ground for the compact spare tire to fit under the vehicle.
9. Remove all of the wheel nuts and the flat tire.
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose after time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident.
When changing a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle.
In an emergency, a cloth or a paper towel can be used; however, use a scraper or wire brush later to remove all rust or dirt.
Never use oil or grease on bolts or nuts because the nuts might come loose. The vehicle's wheel could fall off, causing a crash.
10. Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel bolts, mounting surfaces, and spare wheel.
11. Install the spare tire.
12. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel.
13. Tighten each wheel nut by turning it clockwise with your hand until the wheel is held against the hub.
14. Lower the vehicle by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise. Lower the jack completely.
Wheel nuts that are improperly or incorrectly tightened can cause the wheels to become loose or come off. The wheel nuts should be tightened with a torque wrench to the proper torque specification after replacing. Follow the torque specification supplied by the aftermarket manufacturer when using accessory locking wheel nuts. See Capacities and Specifications for original equipment wheel nut torque specifications.
Notice: Improperly tightened
wheel nuts can lead to brake
pulsation and rotor damage.
To avoid expensive brake repairs, evenly tighten the wheel nuts in the proper sequence and to the proper torque specification.
See Capacities and Specifications for the wheel nut torque specification.
15. Tighten the wheel nuts firmly in a crisscross sequence as shown.
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