Changing wheels

Fitting the wheels

Updated 1/21/2020

Fitting the wheels

Wheel changes must always be performed correctly. Instructions on how a wheel is attached and what is important to remember are provided below.

Important

  • When the jack* is not in use it must be stored in its storage space under the cargo area floor.
  • The jack included with the car is only designed for occasional, short-term use, such as when changing a wheel after a puncture. Only the jack belonging to the specific model is to be used to jack up the car. If the car is to be jacked up more often, or for a longer time than is required just to change a wheel, use of a garage jack is recommended. In this instance, follow the instructions for use that come with the equipment.

Warning

  • Apply the parking brake and set the gear selector in Park position (P).
  • Chock the wheels standing on the ground using solid wood blocks or large stones.
  • Check that the jack is not damaged, that the threads are thoroughly lubricated and that it is free from dirt.
  • Check that the jack is resting on a firm, level surface that is not slippery and is not slanted.
  • The jack must be correctly attached in the jack's bracket.
  • Never position anything between the ground and the jack, nor between the jack and the car's jacking point.
  • Passengers must leave the car when it is raised on the jack.
  • If a wheel must be changed in a trafficked environment, passengers must stand in a safe place.
  • Use a jack designed for the car when changing tyres. Use supports to secure the car for all other work.
  • Never crawl under the car or reach under with a part of your body when it is raised on a jack.

The car needs to be raised high enough so that the wheel to be loosened can roll freely.

Clean the surfaces between wheel and hub.

Put on the wheel. Tighten the wheel bolts thoroughly.

Do not use lubricant on the threads of the wheel bolts.

Lower the car so that the wheels cannot rotate.

Tighten the wheel bolts crosswise. It is important that the wheel bolts are tightened properly. Tighten to 140 Nm (103 foot-pound). Check the tightening torque with a torque wrench.

P5-1507- tightening wheel screws

Refit the plastic caps on the wheel bolts.

Check the tyre pressure and save the new tyre pressure in the system for tyre pressure monitoring*.

Warning

The wheel bolts may need to be re-tightened several days after the change. Temperature differences and vibration may mean that they are not attached equally as tightly.

Note

  • After a tyre has been inflated, always refit the dust cap in order to avoid damage to the valve from gravel, dirt, etc.
  • Only use plastic dust caps. Metal dust caps can rust and become difficult to unscrew.

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