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Checking tyre condition Ford Focus 2011 - 2014 Diesel 1.6 TDCi

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Ford Focus 2011 - 2014  | 1.6 TDCi 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.
The spare wheel and tools are stored under the floor in the luggage compartment. Lift up the cover panel. Unscrewthe retaining bolt, and lift the spare wheel out. The jack and wheel brace are located beneath the spare wheel. The screw-intowing 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 mayhave 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 lowersill flange (don’t jack the vehicle at any other point of the sill, nor on a plastic panel). Turn the jack handle clockwiseuntil 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 tothe ground. Securely tighten the wheel nuts, then refit the wheel trim or centre cover, as applicable.
Note: All models that have a spare wheel, 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.
Note: Models that do not have a spare wheel are supplied with a small compressor and a bottle of leak sealing solution. Full instructions for the use of the compressor and sealant are supplied with the kit.
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