Changing wheels

Changing wheels - removing wheels

Updated 7/23/2018

The car's wheels can be changed for e.g. winter wheels/winter tyres.

Set up the warning triangle if a wheel must be changed in a trafficked location. The car and jack* must be on a firm horizontal surface.

Apply the parking brake and engage reverse gear, or position P if the car has an automatic gearbox.


Check that the jack is not damaged, that the threads are thoroughly lubricated and that it is free from dirt.


Volvo recommends only using the jack* that belongs to the car model in question, which is indicated on the jack's label.

The decal also indicates the jack's maximum lift capacity at a specified lifting height.

Take out the wheel to be fitted (summer tyre, winter tyre or spare wheel) as well as the tools. If it is a spare wheel being fitted then there is a package in its location containing gloves and a plastic bag for the punctured wheel.

Place chocks in front of and behind the wheels which will remain on the ground to prevent them from rolling. Use heavy wooden blocks or large stones for example.

Cars with steel rims have removable wheel covers. Use the removal tool to hook in and pull off any full-wheel wheel covers. Alternatively, the wheel covers can be pulled away by hand.

Screw together the towing eye with the wheel wrench* until the stop position as shown in the following illustration.

The wheel wrench and towing eye.

The wheel wrench and towing eye.


The towing eye must be screwed into all threads in the wheel bolt wrench.

Loosen the wheel nuts ½-1 turn anticlockwise with the wheel wrench.


Never position anything between the ground and the jack, nor between the jack and the car's jacking point.

There are two jacking points on each side of the car.


The ground under the jack must be firm, smooth and level.

Wind up the jack so that the flange in the bodywork ends up in the notch in the head of the jack.

Lift the car so that the wheel is free. Remove the wheel nuts and lift off the wheel.


Never crawl under the car when it is raised on the jack.

Passengers must leave the car when it is raised on the jack.

Park the car such that passengers have the car, or ideally a crash barrier, between themselves and the roadway.


The car's regular jack is designed only for use occasionally and for a short time, such as when changing a wheel with a punctured tyre, switching between summer tyres and winter tyres, etc. 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.

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