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ground, firmly set the parking brake and put the transmission in “P”. Block the wheel diago- nally opposite to the one being changed if necessary.

(cid:1) Make sure to set the jack prop- erly in the jack point. Raising the vehicle with jack improper- ly positioned will damage the vehicle or may allow the ve- hicle to fall off the jack and cause personal injury.

(cid:1) Never get under the vehicle when the vehicle is supported by the jack alone.

(cid:1) Use the jack only for lifting your vehicle during wheel changing.

(cid:1) Do not raise the vehicle with

someone in the vehicle.

(cid:1) When raising the vehicle, do not place any objects on top of or underneath the jack.

(cid:1) Raise the vehicle only high enough to remove and change the tire.

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—Required tools and spare tire

NOTICE

(cid:1) Do not continue driving with a deflated tire. Driving even a short distance can damage a tire and wheel beyond repair. (cid:1) Vehicles with rear height con- trol air suspension: When jacking up or installing the tire chains, be sure to turn off the rear height control and stop the engine. Other- wise, the vehicle height may change in the automatic lev- eling function, resulting in accident.

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1. Get the required

spare tire. 1. Tool bag 2. Jack

tools and

To prepare yourself for an emergency, you should familiarize yourself with the use of the jack, each of the tools and their storage locations. When storing the tool bag, make sure it is securely held by the tightening strap.

Turn the jack joint by hand. To remove: Turn the joint in direction 1 until the jack is free. To store: Turn the joint in direction 2 until the jack is firmly secured to pre- vent it flying forward during a collision or sudden braking.

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To remove the spare tire under the luggage compartment: 1. Put a jack handle and jack handle extensions together as shown in the illustration. 1. Jack handle extensions 2. Jack handle

When connecting the jack handle ex- tensions, use the jack handle to tight- en the square head bolt. Make sure that the bolt fits into the depression on the joint. When connecting the jack handle ex- tension with the jack handle, tighten the round head bolt by hand.

NOTICE

Tighten the square head bolt securely. Otherwise, the exten- sion may come off and it may damage the paint or vehicle body.

2. Insert the end of the jack handle extension into the lowering screw and turn it counterclockwise with the handle.

3. After the tire is lowered completely to the ground, remove the holding bracket.

When storing the spare tire, put it in place with the outer side of the wheel facing up. Then secure the tire, taking care that the tire goes straight up without catching on any other part, to prevent it from flying forward during a collision or sudden braking.

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—Blocking the wheel

—Removing wheel ornament

—Loosening wheel nuts

2. Block the wheel diagonally op- posite the flat tire to keep the vehicle from rolling when it is jacked up.

When blocking the wheel, place a wheel block in front of one of the front wheels or behind one of the rear wheels.

3. Remove the wheel ornament. Pry off the wheel ornament, using the beveled end of the wheel nut wrench as shown.

CAUTION

Do not try to pull off the orna- ment by hand. Take due care in handling the ornament to avoid unexpected personal injury.

4. Loosen all the wheel nuts. Always loosen the wheel nuts before raising the vehicle. Turn the wheel nuts counterclockwise to loosen. To get maximum leverage, fit the wrench to the nut so that the handle is on the right side, as shown above. Grab the wrench near the end of the handle and pull up on the han- dle. Be careful that the wrench does not slip off the nut. Do not remove the nuts yet—just un- screw them about one- half turn.

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—Positioning the jack

CAUTION

Never use oil or grease on the bolts or nuts. The nuts may loose and the wheels may fall off, which could cause a serious ac- cident.

Front

Rear

5. Position the jack at the correct

jack point as shown.

Make sure the jack is positioned on a level and solid place. JACK POINTS:

Front—Under the frame side rail Rear—Under the rear axle housing

Put a jack handle, jack handle exten- sions and jack handle end together as shown in the illustration. 1. Jack handle end 2. Jack handle extensions 3. Jack handle

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—Raising your vehicle

Front of vehicle

6. After making sure that no one is in the vehicle, as the jack touches the vehicle and begins to fit, double- check that it is properly positioned.

Rear side only— When positioning the jack under the rear axle housing, make sure the groove on the top of the jack fits with the rear axle housing.

7. Raise the vehicle high enough so that the spare tire can be installed.

Remember you will need more ground clearance when putting on the spare tire than when removing the flat tire. To raise the vehicle, insert the jack handle end into the jack (it is a loose fit) and turn it clockwise with the han- dle.

When connecting the jack handle ex- tension(s) and jack handle end, use the jack handle to tighten the square head bolt. Make sure that the bolt fits into the depression on the joint. When connecting the jack handle ex- tension with the jack handle, tighten the round head bolt by hand.

NOTICE

Tighten the square head bolt securely. Otherwise, the exten- sion may come off and it may damage the paint or vehicle body.

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—Changing wheels

CAUTION

Never get under the vehicle when the vehicle is supported by the jack alone.

8. Remove the wheel nuts and

change tires.

Lift the flat tire straight off and put it aside. Roll the spare wheel into position and align the holes in the wheel with the bolts. Then lift up the wheel and get at least the top bolt started through its hole. Wiggle the tire and press it back over the other bolts.

Before putting on wheels, remove any corrosion on the mounting surfaces with a wire brush or such. Installation of wheels without good metal- to- met- al contact at the mounting surface can cause wheel nuts to loosen and eventually cause a wheel to come off while driving.

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—Reinstalling wheel nuts

—Lowering your vehicle

CAUTION

Never use oil or grease on the bolts or nuts. Doing so may lead to overtightening the nuts and damaging the bolts. The nuts may loose and the wheels may fall off, which could cause a seri- ous accident. If there is oil or grease on any bolt or nut, clean it.

9. Reinstall all the wheel nuts fin-

ger tight.

Reinstall the wheel nuts (tapered end inward) and tighten them as much as you can by hand. Press back on the tire back and see if you can tighten them more.

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10.Lower the vehicle completely

and tighten the wheel nuts.

Turn the jack handle extension coun- terclockwise with handle to lower the vehicle. Use only the wheel nut wrench and turn it clockwise to tighten the nuts. Do not use other tools or any addition- al leverage other than your hands, such as a hammer, pipe or your foot. Make sure the wrench is securely en- gaged over the nut. Tighten each nut a little at a time in the order shown. Repeat the process until all the nuts are tight.

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CAUTION

(cid:1) When

lowering the vehicle, make sure all portions of your body and all other persons around will not be injured as the vehicle is lowered to the ground.

(cid:1) Have the wheel nuts tightened with torque wrench to 110 N·m (11.5 kgf·m, 83 ft·lbf), as soon as possible after changing wheels. Otherwise, the nuts may loosen and the wheels may fall off, which could cause a serious accident.

—Reinstalling wheel ornament

11. Reinstall the wheel ornament. Put the wheel ornament into position and then tap it firmly with the side or heel of your hand to snap it into place.

CAUTION

Take due care in handling the or- nament to avoid unexpected per- sonal injury.

—After changing wheels 12.Check the air pressure of the re-

placed tire.

Adjust the air pressure to the specifi- cation designated on page 396 in Section 8. If the pressure is lower, drive slowly to the nearest service station and fill to the correct pressure. Do not forget to reinstall the tire infla- tion valve cap as dirt and moisture could get into the valve core and possibly cause air leakage. If the cap is missing, have a new one put on as soon as possible. 13.Restow all the tools, jack and

flat tire securely.

As soon after changing wheels as possible, tighten the wheel nuts to the torque specified on page 396 in Sec- tion 8 with a torque wrench. Have a technician repair the flat tire.

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CAUTION

Before driving, make sure all the tools, jack and flat tire are se- curely in place in their storage location to reduce the possibility of personal injury during a colli- sion or sudden braking.

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If your vehicle becomes stuck If your vehicle becomes stuck in snow, mud, sand, etc., then you may attempt to rock the vehicle free by moving it forward and backward. Turn off the traction control system to become unstuck to allow the tires to spin enough to remove the vehicle from the obstruction. (For details, see “Trac- tion control system” on page 167 in Section 1- 7.)

CAUTION

Do not attempt to rock the vehicle free by moving it forward and back- ward if people or objects are any- where near the vehicle. During the rocking operation the vehicle may suddenly move forward or backward as it becomes unstuck, causing injury or damage to nearby people or ob- jects.

NOTICE

If you rock your vehicle, observe the following precautions to prevent dam- age to the transmission and other parts. (cid:1) Do not depress the accelerator ped- al while shifting the selector lever or before the transmission is com- pletely shifted to forward or reverse gear.

(cid:1) Do not race the engine and avoid

spinning the wheels.

(cid:1) If your vehicle remains stuck after rocking the vehicle several times, consider other ways such as tow- ing.

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If your vehicle needs to be towed—

(a) Towing with wheel lift type truck—

(a) Towing with wheel lift type truck—

—From front

—From front

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