REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Place the shift lever in P and apply the parking brake. Chock the wheels at the opposite end of the vehicle.
If removing a rear wheel and the vehicle is equipped with fender skirts, remove the fender skirt as follows:
- Push the handle, located inside the fender skirt, up and inward, and then pull it down.
- Pull the fender skirt toward you and remove it from the vehicle. Place the fender skirt aside, being careful not to damage the paint and trim.
Reach inside the fender skirt to grab the hidden rod
- If equipped with wheel covers, use the special wrench supplied with the car to pry off the small center cover and remove the anti-theft wheel nut. Remove the wheel cover.
- If equipped with aluminum wheels, use the flat end of the lug wrench supplied with the car to carefully pry off the center cover. Be careful not to damage the wheel or cover.
- Loosen, but do not remove the wheel lug nuts.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the lug nuts and remove the wheel. If the wheel is difficult to remove because of corrosion or a tight fit between the wheel center hole and hub or rotor, proceed as follows:
- Reinstall the lug nuts finger-tight, then loosen each nut 2 turns.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Rock the vehicle from side to side as hard as possible, using your body weight (and that of an assistants, if necessary) to loosen the wheel.
- If the wheel will still not come loose, start the engine and rock the vehicle from D to R , moving the vehicle several feet in each direction. Apply quick, hard jabs on the brake pedal to loosen the wheel.
- Stop the engine. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel.
- Inspect the wheel and hub mating surfaces. If necessary, use a scraper or wire brush to remove any dirt or corrosion.
- Install the wheel on the hub. Install the lug nuts, tightening them until the wheel is fully seated.
- Lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm), using the sequence shown in the accompanying figure.
- If equipped with aluminum wheels, carefully install the center cover.
- If equipped with wheel covers, install the wheelcover by hand, being careful to line up the tire valve stem with the hole in the wheelcover. Install the anti-theft wheel nut and the center cover.
If equipped, install the fender skirt as follows:
- Pull the fender skirt handle down.
- Align the locator pins and insert them into the holes.
- Push the handle up and lock it in place.
- Push the bottom part of the fender skirt into place by hand.
Inspect the tires for lacerations, puncture marks, nails and other sharp objects. Repair or replace as necessary. Also check the tires for treadwear and air pressure.
Check the wheel assemblies for dents, cracks, rust and metal fatigue. Repair or replace as necessary.