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Checking tyre condition Ford Focus 2005 - 2011 Petrol 1.4

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Ford Focus 2005 - 2011  | 1.4 Checking tyre condition

  • time 10 minutes
  • difficulty 1
The original tyres have tread wear safety bands (B), which will appear when the tread depth reaches approximately 1.6 mm. The band positions are indicated by a triangular mark on the tyre sidewall (A)
Alternatively, tread wear can be monitored with an inexpensive device known as a tread depth indicator gauge
Tyre shoulder wear is caused by under-inflation, incorrect wheel camber (worn suspension parts) or hard cornering
Tyre centre wear is caused by over-inflation
Uneven tyre wear is caused by unbalanced wheels, worn/broken suspension parts or incorrect wheel alignment If you need to change a wheel, click below
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Roadside wheel change

Warning: 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 under the floor in the luggage compartment. Lift up the cover panel. Unscrew the retaining bolt, and lift the spare wheel out. The jack and wheel brace are located beneath the spare wheel. The screw-in towing eye is located alongside the spare wheel.
Where applicable, using the flat end of the wheel brace, 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 wheel brace (or it may be in the glovebox).
Slacken each wheel nut by a half turn, using the wheel brace. 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. Locate the jack head in the groove at the jacking point in the lower sill flange (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 wheel brace, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Securely tighten the wheel nuts, then refit the wheel trim or centre cover, as applicable.
Roadwheel nuts: Nm Ibf ft
  Gold nuts for steel wheels 90 66
  Silver nuts for steel wheels 130 96
  One-piece alloy nuts for alloy wheels and 5-spoke steel wheels 130 96
  Two-piece alloy nuts with conical washer 110 81
Note: Some models are supplied with a special lightweight
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