Do not change a wheel in situation where you risk being hit by another vehicle. 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.
- When a puncture occurs, stop as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Park on firm level ground, if possible, and well out of the way of other traffic.
- Use hazard warning lights if necessary.
- If you have one, use a warning triangle to alert other drivers of your presence.
- Apply the handbrake and engage first or reverse gear (on Durashift models, apply the brakes and engage a gear before switching the ignition off).
- Chock the wheel diagonally opposite the one being removed – a couple of large stones will do for this.
- If the ground is soft, use a flat piece of wood to spread the load under the jack.
The spare wheel and tools are located in the luggage compartment, under boot carpet. Fold back the carpet, then unscrew the floor cover retainer anti-clockwise. Lift out the floor cover for access to the spare wheel.
Lift out the spare wheel . . .
. . . then unscrew the retaining pin, and lift out the jack and wheelbrace. Unclip the towing eye from the jack.
Prise off the wheel trim (or alloy wheel centre cover) from the punctured wheel, using the end of the wheelbrace. Use the wheelbrace to loosen each wheel nut by half a turn. On models with alloy wheels, one of the wheel nuts may be of the locking type – use the ‘key’ tool (a special socket usually found in the glovebox) with the wheelbrace to undo this.
Locate the jack head below the jacking point nearest the wheel to be changed. The jacking points are marked by small indentations in the sill lower edge. Only use the jack on firm, level ground. Ensure that the slot in the jack head engages with the sill flange at the jacking point.
Turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground. Remove the nuts and lift the wheel clear, then fit the spare wheel. Refit the wheel nuts and tighten moderately with the wheelbrace.
Lower the car to the ground, then finally tighten the wheel nuts in a diagonal sequence. Refit the wheel trim (or alloy wheel centre cover). Ideally, the wheel nuts should be slackened and retightened to 90 Nm (66 Ibf ft) at the earliest opportunity.
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