Do not change a wheel in a 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.
- 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 jack and wheel brace are stored on the left-hand side of the luggage compartment. Remove the moulded cover, then unscrew the retaining bolt and remove the jack and wheel brace. Detach the wheel brace from the jack.
The spare wheel is in a cradle under the rear of the vehicle. Pull up the cover in the luggage compartment for access to the spare wheel cradle securing screw. Using the wheel brace, loosen the screw by 6 to 8 turns then unhook the spare wheel cradle from the securing bracket under the back of the vehicle, and lower the cradle until it is resting on the floor.
On models where the wheel nuts are not visible, use the blade end of the wheel brace to prise off the wheel trim. Using the wheel brace, loosen each wheel nut by half a turn. Where a locking wheel nut is fitted, it will be necessary to use the special adapter supplied in the tool kit to remove the nut.
Locate the jack head below the reinforced jacking point nearest the wheel to be changed, and on firm ground. Ensure that the lug on the jack head engages with the cut-out in the jacking point.
Turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground. At this stage, slide the spare wheel under the vehicle next to the jack as a precaution.
Unscrew the wheel nuts, noting which way round they fit (tapered side inwards), and remove the wheel. Remove the spare wheel from under the car and locate the removed wheel in its place.
Locate the spare wheel on the studs and tighten the nuts moderately with the wheel brace. Lower the vehicle to the ground, then securely tighten the wheel nuts progressively in diagonal sequence.
- Have the wheel nuts tightened to 85 Nm (63 Ibf ft) at the earliest possible opportunity.
- Remove the wheel chocks.
- Stow the jack and tools in the luggage compartment, and refit the removed wheel in the cradle. Raise the cradle before driving the vehicle.
- Check the tyre pressure on the wheel just fitted. If it is low, or if you don’t have a pressure gauge with you, drive slowly to the nearest garage and inflate the tyre to the right pressure.
- Have the punctured wheel repaired at the earliest opportunity, or another puncture will leave you stranded.
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