Changing a flat tire (Hardtop models)

If you have a flat tire, follow the instructions below.

Stopping the vehicle

1. Safely move the vehicle off the road and away from traffic.
2. Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
3. Park on a level surface and apply the parking brake. Move the shift lever to the P (Park) position.
4. Turn off the engine.
5. Raise the hood to warn other traffic, and to signal professional road assistance personnel that you need assistance.
6. Have all passengers get out of the vehicle and stand in a safe place, away from traffic and clear of the vehicle.

WARNING

Make sure the parking brake is securely applied and the transmission is shifted into the P (Park) position.
Never change tires when the vehicle is on a slope, ice or slippery areas.

This is hazardous.
Never change tires if oncoming traffic is close to your vehicle. Wait for professional road assistance.

Blocking wheels

Blocking wheels

Place suitable blocks 1 at both the front and back of the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire to prevent the vehicle from moving when it is jacked up.

WARNING

Be sure to block the wheel as the vehicle may move and result in personal injury.

Getting the spare tire and tools

1. Open the lift gate.
2. Remove the cargo cover (if so equipped).

(See “Cargo cover (if so equipped for Hardtop models)” in the “2. Instruments and controls” section.)
3. Open the cargo floor board.

(See “Cargo floor box (if so equipped for Hardtop models)” in the “2. Instruments and controls” section.)

Type A

Type A

Type B

Type B

4. Type A:

Remove the cargo floor board.

Type B:

Turn the clips counterclockwise and remove the cargo floor box.

Type B

Type B

5. Type B:

Open the cargo floor board.

Jacking tools

Jacking tools

6. Remove the jacking tools and the spare tire.

Jacking tools: Remove the jack by turning it, then remove the other tools.

Spare tire (if so equipped)

Spare tire (if so equipped)

Spare tire: Turn the clamp to remove the tire.

Removing wheel cover (if so equipped)

Removing wheel cover (if so equipped)

WARNING

Never use your hands to remove the wheel cover. This may cause personal injury.

To remove the wheel cover, use the jack rod1 as illustrated.

Apply cloth2 between the wheel and jack rod to prevent damaging the wheel and wheel cover.

Jacking up the vehicle and removing the damaged tire

WARNING

Never get under the vehicle while it is supported only by the jack. If it is necessary to work under the vehicle, support it with safety stands.
Use only the jack provided with your vehicle to lift the vehicle. Do not use the jack provided with your vehicle on other vehicles. The jack is designed for lifting only your vehicle during a tire change.
Use the correct jack-up points.

Never use any other part of the vehicle for jack support.
Never jack up the vehicle more than necessary.
Never use blocks on or under the jack.
Do not start or run the engine while vehicle is on the jack, as it may cause the vehicle to move.
Do not allow passengers to stay in the vehicle while it is on the jack.

Carefully read the caution label attached to the jack body and the following instructions.

Jack-up point

Jack-up point

1. Place the jack directly under the jack-up point as illustrated so the top of the jack contacts the vehicle at the jack-up point.

Align the jack head between the two notches in the front or the rear as shown.

Also fit the groove of the jack head between the notches as shown.

The jack should be used on level firm ground.

2. Loosen each wheel nut one or two turns by

2. Loosen each wheel nut one or two turns by turning counterclockwise with the wheel nut wrench. Do not remove the wheel nuts until the tire is off the ground. 3. To lift the vehicle, securely hold the jack lever and rod with both hands as shown above.

Carefully raise the vehicle until the tire clears the ground. Remove the wheel nuts, and then remove the tire.

Installing the spare tire

Installing the spare tire

The spare tire is designed for emergency use. (See specific instructions under the heading “Wheels and tires” in the “8.

Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section.)

1. Clean any mud or dirt from the surface between the wheel and hub.
2. Carefully put the spare tire on and tighten the wheel nuts finger tight. Check that all the wheel nuts contact the wheel surface horizontally.
3. With the wheel nut wrench, tighten wheel nuts alternately and evenly in the sequence as illustrated (1 ,2 ,3 ,4 ,5 ), more than 2 times, until they are tight.
4. Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire touches the ground. Then, with the wheel nut wrench, tighten the wheel nuts securely in the sequence as illustrated. Lower the vehicle completely.

WARNING

Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly tightened wheel nuts can cause the wheel to become loose or come off.

This could cause an accident.
Do not use oil or grease on the wheel studs or nuts. This could cause the nuts to become loose.
Retighten the wheel nuts when the vehicle has been driven for 600 miles (1,000 km) (also in cases of a flat tire, etc.).

As soon as possible, tighten the wheel nuts to the specified torque with a torque wrench.

Wheel nut tightening torque:

80 ft-lb (108 N·m)

The wheel nuts must be kept tightened to specification at all times. It is recommended that wheel nuts be tightened to specifications at each lubrication interval.

Adjust tire pressure to the COLD pressure.

COLD pressure:

After the vehicle has been parked for three hours or more or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km).

COLD tire pressures are shown on the Tire and Loading Information label affixed to the driver side center pillar.

Stowing the damaged tire and the tools

1. Securely store the damaged tire, jack and tools in the storage area.
2. Replace the cargo box.
3. Close the cargo floor board.
4. Close the lift gate.

WARNING

Always make sure that the spare tire and jacking equipment are properly secured after use. Such items can become dangerous projectiles in an accident or sudden stop.
The T-type spare tire and small size spare tire are designed for emergency use. See specific instructions under the heading “Wheels and tires” in the “8. Maintenance and do-it-yourself” section.

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