Removal & Installation
See Figure 1
- Remove the wheel cover, if equipped, by prying it off with an appropriate tool.
- With the vehicle still on the ground loosen the lug nuts just enough to ease removal with the wheel off the ground.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the lug nuts and remove the wheel.
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the lug nuts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm) observing the tightening sequence in the illustration.
The wheels should be inspected on a frequent basis. Replace any wheel that is cracked, bent, severely dented, has excessive runout or has a broken weld. The tire inflation valve should also be inspected frequently for wear, leaks, cuts and looseness. It should be replaced if defective or its condition is doubtful.
Clean all the wheels with a mild soap and water solution only and rinse thoroughly with water. Never use abrasive or caustic materials, especially on aluminum or chrome-plated wheels because the surface will be etched or the plating severely damaged. After cleaning aluminum or chrome-plated wheels, apply a coating of protective wax to preserve the finish and luster.
DO NOT wax open pore aluminum wheels. The wax will become embedded in the pores and will be very difficult to remove.