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Offline Miscbrah

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Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:26:21 PM »
Hi - know it's a basic one, but faced with the prospect of doing this when I get home.

Done it a couple of times now, but only previously with cars I didn't care about. Seeing as my new Calibra is my pride and joy I thought I should take super super care, and see if there are any major dos and don'ts or if it's just plain sailing...

Anyone have one or feel like knocking one up? If not, I may even take photos and do later if there's anything unorthodox to it! :)
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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 13:58:56 PM »
Steps for changing wheel:

1) Ensure handbrake is firmly on
2) Crack the nuts (not what it sounds like)
3) Jack car up
4) You may want to choc the wheels (bricks preferably, not creme eggs)
5) Undo nuts that were cracked in step (2)
6) Remove wheel
7) Place spare wheel on the hub pins that the nuts (step 2 again) were bolted to
8) Replace nuts (guess which step)
9) Lower car from jack onto the road
10) Tighten all the nuts using brute force

Steps for care to be taken:

1) Remove handbrake before test driving the spare wheel
2) Remove chocs before test driving the spare wheel
3) Make sure the wheel you removed is not under the car before test driving the spare wheel
4) Make sure any friends who may have been helping you are not still under the car before test driving the spare wheel
5) Jack is a tool, not a person. Please don't ask someone called Jack to lift the car. I did this once, and he got a hernia, which resulted in an operation, time off work, ultimately leading to him losing his job, wife, house, car, and masculinity.
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Chav.. the 3 plugs are not what you describe, because there is another 3 that are the ones you say.

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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 13:59:24 PM »
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8) should be 8 )
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Chav.. the 3 plugs are not what you describe, because there is another 3 that are the ones you say.

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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 16:48:21 PM »
Step 10 should read torque the nuts. You could damage them if you do them up too tightly.

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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 21:33:37 PM »
Wow, actually that's nowhere near as hard as I thought it might be!

Only brain-involving part is positioning that screw jack, remembering to get bricks/chocks and finding all the bits!

Worth noting I guess (in case any other newbs find this topic) is that on my model (SE5 with the BBS alloys) is that there's EVERYTHING you need to take the wheel off and fit the red spare in the back of the car. You've got the jack and other bits in the black polystyrene tray part with the wheel AND you'll have the spare set of nuts and the two odd keys to remove the metal nut cover and keyed nut in the boot BEHIND WHERE THE NUMBER PLATE IS.

Locate these handy tools first rather than after a few minutes swearing and looking for it like I did, because I'm daft. ;P
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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 21:51:46 PM »
I would only use the Jack supplied with car in an emergency myself, they are bloody sh*t :) Trolley Jack FTW.
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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012, 21:53:55 PM »
some people somehow try and jack there calibra up using the plastic side skirt.  Dont do this.
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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012, 22:21:44 PM »
Also it's not hub studs and nuts (on mine anyway) its bolts that pass through the wheel and screw into the hub ;) unless the V6 is different???

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Re: Changing the wheel/fitting spare wheel?
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2012, 22:37:17 PM »
Also it's not hub studs and nuts (on mine anyway) its bolts that pass through the wheel and screw into the hub ;) unless the V6 is different???

Bolts on the five I've had  :)
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