See Figures 1 and 2
Refer to the illustration for correct placement of a floor jack or safety stands. A good hydraulic floor jack is worth the investment when working on your vehicle.
Your truck is equipped with either a pantograph-type (scissors) jack, or a screw-type (bottle) jack. The jack should be placed under the side of the truck so that it fits into the notch in the vertical rocker panel flange nearest the wheel to be changed. These jacking notches are located approximately 8 in. (20cm) from the wheel opening on the rocker panel flanges.
On 4wd models equipped with a bottle jack, be sure to put the adapter on the jack when raising the front of the vehicle. However, do not use the adapter when raising the rear of the vehicle.
When raising the truck with a scissors or bottle jack, follow these precautions:
- Park the truck on a firm, level spot. Put the gear selector in P (PARK) for an automatic transmission, or in Reverse for a manual transmission.
- Apply the parking brake, then block the front and rear of the wheel that is diagonally opposite the wheel being changed.
- If applicable, position the adapter on the bottle jack.
- Place the jack directly beneath the designated jacking point.
- Loosen each wheel lug nut one or two turns with the wheel nut wrench.
Do not remove the wheel nuts until the tire is off the ground.
- Carefully raise the vehicle until the tire clears the ground.
- Remove the wheel nuts, then remove the wheel. Do not remove the brake drum with the wheel.
- Clean any mud or dirt from the surface between the wheel and hub.
- Place the wheel over the studs, then tighten the wheel nuts finger-tight.
- Using the wheel nut wrench, turn the wheel nuts alternately and evenly until they are tight.
- Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire touches the ground. Again tighten the wheel nuts securely in a crisscross pattern. As soon as possible, retighten the wheel nuts to their specified torque with a torque wrench.