Ford Taurus Owners Manual: 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, have an authorized dealer install a new tire pressure monitoring system sensor and valve stem.

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 your vehicle from moving or slipping off the jack, even if the transmission is in park (P).

WARNING:

To help prevent your vehicle from moving when you change a tire, be sure to place the transmission in park (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 your 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 your 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 it is being jacked.

1. Park on a level surface, set the parking brake and activate the hazard flashers.

2. Place the transmission in park (P) and turn the engine off.

3. Lift the trunk cargo cover, and remove


3. Lift the trunk cargo cover, and remove the wing nut that secures the spare tire by turning it counterclockwise.

4. Lift and remove the spare tire from the trunk.

5. Remove the second wing nut that secures the jack retention bracket by turning it counterclockwise, then remove the jack kit from your vehicle.

6. Remove the jack and the wrench from the felt bag. Fold down the wrench socket used to loosen the lug nuts and to operate the jack.

Vehicle jacking

1. Block the diagonally opposite


1. Block the diagonally opposite wheel.

2. If your vehicle has wheel covers, remove them with the lug wrench tip and loosen each wheel lug nut one-half turn counterclockwise.

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


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.

9. Put the flat tire, jack and lug wrench away. Make sure the jack is fastened so it does not rattle when you drive. Unblock the wheels.

Stowing the flat tire

1. Remove the extension bolt from the exterior pocket of the felt bag.

2. Insert the straight end of the jack retention


2. Insert the straight end of the jack retention bracket through the eyelet of the angled bracket and swing the retention bracket over the jack.

With the jack in place, place the end of the retention bracket over the threaded stud in the trunk floor and secure it with the plastic wing nut.

3. Screw the extension bolt onto the threaded stud of the jack retention bracket.

4. Place the flat tire in the spare


4. Place the flat tire in the spare tire well with the wheel facing up.

5. Safely secure the wheel by screwing the large wing nut onto the extension bolt.

Note:

If you are stowing the temporary spare tire, place the tire over the jack and secure it with the large wing nut.

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