Do not change a wheel in a situation where you risk being hit by other traffic. On busy roads, try to stop in a lay-by or a gateway. Be wary of passing traffic while changing the wheel – it is easy to become distracted by the job in hand.
Changing the wheel
The spare wheel and tools are stored in the luggage compartment. Fold back the floor covering and lift up the cover panel.
Unscrew the retaining bolt, and lift out the tool container, followed by the spare wheel.
Where applicable, using the screwdriver provided, prise off the wheel trim or centre cover for access to the wheel bolts. Models with alloy wheels may have special locking bolts – these are removed with a special tool, which should be provided with the wheel brace (or it may be in the glovebox).
Slacken each wheel bolt by a half turn, using the wheel brace. If the bolt are too tight, DON’T stand on the wheel brace to undo them – call for assistance from one of the motoring organisations.
Two jacking points are provided on each side – use the one nearest the punctured wheel. Locate the jack head at the point in the lower sill flange indicated by the indentation in the metal sill (don’t jack the vehicle at any other point of the sill, nor on a plastic panel). Turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground.
Unscrew the wheel bolts, and remove the wheel.
Fit the spare wheel, and screw in the bolts. Lightly tighten the bolts with the wheel brace, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Securely tighten the wheel bolts. Note that the wheel bolts should be slackened and re-tightened to the specified torque at the earliest possible opportunity.
| Steel wheel
| Aluminium wheel