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. On Estate models, turn the two floor handles to the unlocked position, then raise the cover panel and support it using the strut provided.
Unscrew the retaining bolt, and lift the spare wheel out. The jack and wheelbrace are located beneath the spare wheel, as is the screw-in towing eye.
Where applicable, using the flat end of the wheelbrace, prise off the wheel trim or centre cover for access to the wheel nuts. Models with alloy wheels may have special locking nuts – these are removed with a special tool, which should be provided with the wheelbrace (or it may be in the glovebox).
Slacken each wheel nut by a half turn, using the wheelbrace. If the nuts are too tight, DON’T stand on the wheelbrace 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. Some models have a plastic trim panel which must be pulled off for access to the jacking point. 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 nuts, noting which way round they fit (tapered side inwards), and remove the wheel.
Fit the spare wheel, and screw on the nuts. Lightly tighten the nuts with the wheelbrace, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Securely tighten the wheel nuts, then refit the wheel trim or centre cover, as applicable. Note that the wheel nuts should be slackened and retightened to 85 Nm (63 Ibf ft) at the earliest possible opportunity.
Some models are supplied with a special lightweight ‘space-saver’ spare wheel, the tyre being narrower than standard. The ‘space-saver’ spare wheel is intended only for temporary use, and must be replaced with a standard wheel as soon as possible. Drive with particular care with this wheel fitted, especially through corners and when braking; do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).