REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Apply the parking brake and block the opposite wheel.
- If equipped with an automatic transaxle, place the selector lever in P ; with a manual transaxle, place the shifter in Reverse.
- If equipped, remove the wheel cover or hub cap.
- Break loose the lug nuts. If a nut is stuck, never use heat to loosen it or damage to the wheel and bearings may occur. If the nuts are seized, one or two heavy hammer blows directly on the end of the bolt head usually loosens the rust. Be careful as continued pounding will likely damage the brake drum or rotor.
- Raise the vehicle until the tire is clear of the ground. Support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
- Remove the lug nuts and the tire and wheel assembly.
- Make sure the wheel and hub mating surfaces as well as the wheel lug studs are clean and free of all foreign material. Always remove rust from the wheel mounting surfaces and the brake rotors/drums. Failure to do so may cause the lug nuts to loosen in service.
- Position the wheel on the hub or drum and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Tighten all the lug nuts, in a crisscross pattern, until they are snug.
- Remove the supports, if any, and lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts, in a crisscross pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm). Always use a torque wrench to achieve the proper lug nut torque and to prevent stretching the wheel studs.
- Repeat the torque pattern to assure proper wheel tightening.
- If equipped, install the hub cab or wheel cover.
The wheel assemblies should be checked for the following problems:
Wheel repairs employing hammering, heating or welding are not allowed.
Original equipment replacement wheels are available through a Chrysler dealer. When obtaining wheels from any other source, the replacement wheels should be equivalent in load carrying capacity. Failure to use equivalent replacement wheels may adversely affect the safety and handling of your vehicle.
Replacement with used wheels is not recommended as their service history may have included severe treatment or very high mileage and they could fail without warning.