Changing a road wheel

WARNING: The use of tire sealants may damage your tire pressure monitoring system and should not be used. However, if you must use a sealant, the tire pressure monitoring system sensor and valve stem on the wheel must be replaced by an authorized Ford dealer.

WARNING: See Tire Pressure Monitoring System in this chapter for important information. If the tire pressure monitoring sensor becomes damaged, it will no longer function.

Note: The tire pressure monitoring system indicator light will illuminate when the spare tire is in use. To restore the full function of the monitoring system, all road wheels equipped with tire pressure monitoring sensors must be mounted on this vehicle.

If you get a flat tire while driving, do not apply the brake heavily.

Instead, gradually decrease your speed. Hold the steering wheel firmly and slowly move to a safe place on the side of the road.

Have a flat serviced by an authorized dealer in order to prevent damage to the system sensors. See Tire Pressure Monitoring System earlier in this chapter. Replace the spare tire with a road tire as soon as possible.

During repairing or replacing of the flat tire, have the authorized dealer inspect the tire pressure monitoring system sensor for damage.

Dissimilar Spare Tire and Wheel Assembly Information

WARNING: Failure to follow these guidelines could result in an increased risk of loss of vehicle control, injury or death.

If you have a dissimilar spare tire and wheel assembly, then it is intended for temporary use only. This means that if you need to use it, you should replace it as soon as possible with a road tire and wheel assembly that is the same size and type as the road tires and wheels that were originally provided by Ford. If the dissimilar spare tire or wheel is damaged, it should be replaced rather than repaired.

A dissimilar spare tire and wheel assembly is defined as a spare tire or wheel that is different in brand, size or appearance from the road tires and wheels and can be one of three types:

1. T-type mini-spare: This spare tire begins with the letter T for tire size and may have Temporary Use Only molded in the sidewall.
2. Full-size dissimilar spare with label on wheel: This spare tire has a label on the wheel that states: THIS TIRE AND WHEEL FOR TEMPORARY USE ONLY

When driving with one of the dissimilar spare tires listed above, do not:

• exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).
• load the vehicle beyond maximum vehicle load rating listed on the Safety Compliance Label.
• tow a trailer.
• use snow chains on the end of the vehicle with the dissimilar spare tire.
• use more than one dissimilar spare tire at a time.
• use commercial car washing equipment.
• try to repair the dissimilar spare tire.

Use of one of the dissimilar spare tires listed above at any one wheel location can lead to impairment of the following:

• Handling, stability and braking performance
• Comfort and noise
• Ground clearance and parking at curbs
• Winter weather driving capability
• Wet weather driving capability
• All-wheel driving capability

3. Full-size dissimilar spare without label on wheel

When driving with the full-size dissimilar spare tire and wheel assembly, do not:

• exceed 70 mph (113 km/h).
• use more than one dissimilar spare tire and wheel at a time.
• use commercial car washing equipment.
• use snow chains on the end of the vehicle with the dissimilar spare tire and wheel.

The usage of a full-size dissimilar spare tire and wheel assembly can lead to impairment of the following:

• Handling, stability and braking performance
• Comfort and noise
• Ground clearance and parking at curbs
• Winter weather driving capability
• Wet weather driving capability
• All-wheel driving capability (if applicable)
• Load leveling adjustment (if applicable)

When driving with the full-size dissimilar spare tire and wheel assembly, additional caution should be given to:

• towing a trailer.
• driving vehicles equipped with a camper body.
• driving vehicles with a load on the cargo rack.

Drive cautiously when using a full-size dissimilar spare tire and wheel, and seek service as soon as possible.

Tire Change Procedure

WARNING: When one of the front wheels is off the ground, the transmission alone will not prevent the vehicle from moving or slipping off the jack, even if the transmission selector lever is in position P.

WARNING: To help prevent the vehicle from moving when you change a tire, be sure to place the transmission selector lever in position P, set the parking brake and block (in both directions) the wheel that is diagonally opposite (other side and end of the vehicle) to the tire being changed.

WARNING: Never get underneath a vehicle that is supported only by a jack. If the vehicle slips off the jack, you or someone else could be seriously injured.

WARNING: Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the vehicle close to moving traffic. Pull far enough off the road to avoid the danger of being hit when operating the jack or changing the wheel.

WARNING: Always use the jack provided as original equipment with your vehicle. If using a jack other than the one provided as original equipment with your vehicle, make sure the jack capacity is adequate for the vehicle weight, including any vehicle cargo or modifications.

Note: Passengers should not remain in the vehicle when the vehicle is being jacked.

Note: If the third-row seat is stowed in the floor, you will need to unstow it (raised position) to access the spare tire and jack. See Rear Seats in the Seats chapter for this procedure.

1. Park on a level surface, set the parking brake and activate the hazard flashers.
2. Place the transmission selector lever in position P and turn the engine off.

3. Turn the two knobs on the floor filler counterclockwise, then remove the floor

3. Turn the two knobs on the floor filler counterclockwise, then remove the floor filler and carpeted floor panel located in the rear of the vehicle.

4. Remove the wing nut securing the spare tire by turning it counterclockwise.

4. Remove the wing nut securing the spare tire by turning it counterclockwise.
5. Lift and remove the spare tire from the spare tire well.

6. Remove the wing bolt that secures the jack kit by turning it counterclockwise.

6. Remove the wing bolt that secures the jack kit by turning it counterclockwise.
7. Remove the jack kit which includes the jack (D), wheel wrench (lug wrench) (C), wheel chock (E), L-shaped bolt (A) and the tow recovery hook (B).

8. Turn the lead screw (where the lug wrench attaches) of the jack by hand to

8. Turn the lead screw (where the lug wrench attaches) of the jack by hand to release the wheel wrench from the jack. Press the button on the wrench to extend the handle.

Fold down the wrench socket.

Vehicle Jacking

1. Block the diagonally opposite wheel.

1. Block the diagonally opposite wheel.
2. Loosen each wheel lug nut one-half turn counterclockwise but do not remove them until the wheel is raised off the ground.
3. The vehicle jacking points are shown here, and are depicted on the yellow warning label on the jack.

Note: Jack at the specified locations to avoid damage to the vehicle.

Note: Jack at the specified locations to avoid damage to the vehicle.

4. Small arrow-shaped marks on the sills show the location of the jacking points.

5. Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

5. Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench.
6. Replace the flat tire with the spare tire, making sure the valve stem is facing outward. Reinstall the lug nuts until the wheel is snug against the hub. Do not fully tighten the lug nuts until the wheel has been lowered.
7. Lower the wheel by turning the jack handle counterclockwise.

8. Remove the jack and fully tighten the lug nuts in the order shown. See

8. Remove the jack and fully tighten the lug nuts in the order shown. See Wheel Lug Nut Torque Specifications later in this chapter for the proper lug nut torque specification

Stowing the mini-spare and jack

1. Replace the wheel chock in the foam tray.

2. Adjust the jack to the proper height to install the wrench. Turn the jack

2. Adjust the jack to the proper height to install the wrench. Turn the jack lead screw until the arrow on the upper link is slightly below the circle indicator shown on the lower link.

Push the button (A) to retract the wrench handle and place the wrench over the

Push the button (A) to retract the wrench handle and place the wrench over the raised tab on the lower link and drop the tang (B) through the hole in the diagonally opposite upper link. Turn the lead screw of the jack clockwise until the arrow aligns with the circle indicator to secure the wrench onto the jack.

3. Place the jack in the foam tray and secure it with the attached strap.
4. Place the foam tray over the mounting bracket on the floor of the spare tire well.
5. Replace the mini-spare over the jack and secure with the wing nut.

Stowing the flat tire

1. Place the third-row seat in the raised position.

1. Place the third-row seat in the raised position.
2. Secure the jack kit in the alternate position by inserting the L-shaped bolt through the hole in the side of the jack channel as shown.

Note: The L-shaped bolt is located in the foam tray near the wheel chock.

3. Stand the flat tire vertically in the mini-spare tub with the tire’s valve

3. Stand the flat tire vertically in the mini-spare tub with the tire’s valve stem facing rearward toward the rear lift gate back panel.
4. Fasten the flat tire to the rear lift gate back panel by inserting the wing bolt through one of the lug bolt holes in the wheel.
5. Turn the wing bolt clockwise into the threaded hole in the rear lift gate back panel until the tire is secured.

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