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Wheel Changing

SPARE WHEEL

CHANGING THE WHEEL If possible, choose a safe place to stop away from the main thoroughfare. Always ask your passengers to get out of the vehicle and wait in a safe area away from other traffic.

NOTE: Switch on the hazard warning lights to alert other road users.

Before changing a wheel, ensure the front wheels are in the straight ahead position, apply the parking brake and engage Park ‘P’ in the main gearbox and select ‘L’ in the transfer box.

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Use the wheel nut wrench to remove the nuts securing the spare wheel to the carrier and then lift off the wheel.

NOTE: DO NOT use the spare wheel securing nuts in place of the road wheel nuts, or use the road wheel nuts to secure the spare wheel - the nuts are not inter-changeable.

WARNING

The wheels are extremely heavy. Take care when lifting and particularly when removing the spare wheel from its mounting position on the tail door.

Turn off the starter switch and remove the key. Observe the following precautions:

  • Ensure the jack is positioned on firm, level ground; NEVER on soft ground, or over metal gratings or manhole covers. DO NOT place additional material between the jack and the ground, this may jeopardise the safety of the jacking operation.

  • Place chocks at the front and rear of the wheel diagonally opposite the one to be removed.

  • If jacking the vehicle on a slope is unavoidable, place the chocks on the downhill side of the two opposite wheels.

  • NEVER raise the vehicle with passengers inside, or with a caravan or trailer connected!

WARNING

Before raising the vehicle, it is ESSENTIAL to chock the road wheels in two places; the handbrake acts on the transmission, not on the rear wheels, and therefore may not hold the vehicle when raised.

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