GM Chevy Mid-Size Cars 1964-1988 Repair Guide




See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Apply the parking brake and block the opposite wheel.
  3. If equipped with automatic transmission, place the selector lever in PARK. If equipped with manual transmission, place the gear shifter in reverse.
  5. If equipped, remove the wheel cover or hub cap. Carefully pry under the edge of the cap to free it. Do not used excessive force of the thin metal/plastic of the hub cap could be damaged.
  7. Break loose the lug nuts using a tire iron. If a nut is stuck, never use heat to loosen it or damage to the wheel and bearings may occur.
  9. Raise the vehicle until the tire is clear of the ground. Support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  11. Remove the lug nuts, then remove the tire and wheel assembly.

To install:
  1. Make sure the wheel and brake drum or hub mating surfaces and the wheel lug studs are clean and free of all foreign material.
  3. Position the wheel on the hub or drum and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Tighten all the lug nuts, in a criss-cross pattern, until they are snug.
  5. Remove the supports, if any, and lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts, in a criss-cross pattern. Then recheck the nuts to assure they are properly tightened and that the wheel is fully seated.
  7. Install the wheel cover or hub cap to the wheel. A rubber mallet may be used to gently tap the cover into position.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the hub cap or wheel cover by gently prying around the edges

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Fig. Fig. 2: With the vehicle safely supported, remove the tire and wheel assembly


Check the wheels for any damage. They must be replaced if they are bent, dented, heavily rusted, have elongated bolt holes, or have excessive lateral or radial runout. Wheels with excessive runout may cause a high-speed vehicle vibration.

Replacement wheels must be of the same load capacity, diameter, width, offset and mounting configuration as the original wheels. Using the wrong wheels may affect wheel bearing life, ground and tire clearance, or speedometer and odometer calibrations.