Some of the details shown here will vary according to model. For instance, the location of the spare wheel and jack is not the same on all cars. However, the basic principles apply to all vehicles.
- 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 (or Park on models with automatic transmission).
- 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.
Lift up the luggage compartment trim (where necessary) and remove the spare wheel and tools from their location (Saloon model shown).
Remove the wheel centre trim (where fitted), either by pulling it straight off (plastic trim) or by prising off the steel trim.
Slacken each wheel nut by half a turn using the wheel brace in the tool kit. On later models you will need to use the special adapter in the tool kit to slacken the locking wheel nuts.
Position the jack head under the reinforced jacking point on the sill nearest the wheel to be removed. Note that the jack supplied with Estate, Van and Pick-Up models is designed to bear on the subframe. With the base of the jack on firm ground, turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground. Unscrew the wheel nuts and remove the wheel.
Fit the spare wheel, and screw in the nuts. Lightly tighten the nuts with the wheelbrace then lower the vehicle to the ground.
Securely tighten the wheel nuts in the sequence shown then refit the wheel trim cap. Stow the punctured wheel and tools back in the luggage compartment and secure them in position. Note that the wheel nuts should be slackened and then retightened to 60 Nm (44 Ibf ft) at the earliest opportunity.
- Remove the wheel chocks.
- 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 damaged tyre or wheel repaired as soon as possible.