How to Change a Wheel

First steps

If you have a puncture, do not continue to drive your vehicle; this can quickly damage the tyre and wheel. Instead, stop your car safely on level, flat ground, and away from traffic if possible. You should only ever attempt to change a wheel on even ground. If you need to, set up a warning triangle and turn on your hazard lights.

Next, apply the parking brake and put your Toyota into park or first gear, to ensure that it doesn’t accidentally move whilst you’re changing the wheel. Turn off the ignition and make sure that any passengers safely exit the vehicle.

Locate your spare wheel and replacement tools in the trunk. You should find a car jack for raising the vehicle, and a wrench to take off the nuts that attach the wheel to the car.

If the wheel has a hubcap, remove this with the tool provided. If you have locking wheel nuts you will also need the key to remove these.

Before jacking up the vehicle, loosen the nuts with the wrench (one half to one turn). These should be tight; if you can’t turn them by hand, apply pressure on the wrench with your foot.

You’ll then need to jack up your car.

Jacking up your car

  • Search the underside of your vehicle; locate the jacking point that’s closest to the wheel you’re going to replace. Most vehicles have an arrow on the lower sill showing you the location of each jacking point. If you’re struggling to find it, check your owner’s manual. Never put any object, or any part of your body underneath the vehicle when using the jack.
  • Once it’s in place, jack up your car until the flat tyre easily clears the road. You can then remove the wheel nuts – and the flat tyre. Don’t touch the wheel discs or the area around the brakes; both spots can become very hot.
  • Lift the spare wheel onto the hub, making sure that the holes are lined up.
  • Replace the wheel nuts and screw them tightly in place.
  • Lower the jack until the spare wheel touches the ground.
  • Using the wrench, tighten the wheel nuts once more to ensure that they’re firmly secured.
  • You can now lower the car completely. Return your tools back to the trunk of the vehicle; put the flat tyre somewhere safe, so that you can get it professionally repaired by your local Currie Motors Toyota repairer.
  • Check the wheel nuts after a few kilometres of driving to make sure they’re still fixed tightly. Remember, you should never exceed 80 km/h when driving with a compact spare wheel.

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