1 Place the car on firm and level ground
and apply the handbrake lever. Prise off the
2 Slacken the wheel
nuts with the wheel brace supplied, by placing
the hexagonal end of the wheel brace onto the
wheel nut and turning it anti-clockwise. Warning
- Do not remove the wheel nuts at this stage.
3 Insert the jack into the
appropriate bracket and operate the handle. (See
instructions for Jacking up the Car above).
4 Once the wheel is off the
ground, remove the wheel nuts completely, when
the wheel can be removed.
When replacing the wheel, tighten up
each nut a few turns with the brace: then follow
around the hub, tightening each alternate nut
until all are tight. If the nuts are not drawn up
evenly, the wheel may not run true.
It should be noted that all wheel nuts have
rights hand threads and that the conical ends of
the nut screws on to the stud first. Tighten all
wheel nuts after the first 300 miles (500 km) and
occasionally thereafter, particularly after
changing a wheel.
Removing a Tyre
Wheels are of the wide base type, and the removal
and fitting of conventional tyres having inner
tubes is easily effected by pressing the tyre
bead into the well, at the same time drawing the
opposite side over the rim by means of a tyre
lever. It should not be necessary to use undue
force: if the cover will not readily lift over
the rim, this may be due to the opposite edge not
fully entering the well. Ensure that the tube is
fully deflated and the tyre bead is not adhering
to the wheel flange.
When ever possible, use tyres having
the moulded line for centralising them on the
wheels. When mounting the tyre, see that it is
correctly seated as indicated by the moulded line
of the tyre being equally spaced from the rim at
should not be removed unless a compressed air
supply is available; this is necessary when the
tyre is being replaced, to expand the tyre beads
against the rim flanges. If it is necessary to
remove the tyre, your Authorised Ford Dealer or
specialist Tyre Supplier should be instructed to
carry out the necessary work.
- Only attempt to remove tyres from their rims,
if you have suitable equiment for the task and
you have been trained in its use.
Care of your Tyres
It is recommended that the wheels are changed
around from time to time to equalise tyre wear as
Spare to left front, left front to left rear,
left rear to right front, right front to right
rear and right rear to spare wheel compartment.
If no spare is available, the tyres should be
repositioned by moving the rear wheels to the
front and putting the right front wheel on the
left rear hub and the left front wheel on the
right rear hub.
Wheel balancing is also an important
factor in tyre wear, and when your vehicle was
built the wheels and brake drums were balanced
within normal limits. As the vehicle is used on
the road one or other of the front tyres may wear
a little unevenly and this could in time affect
the balance of the complete wheel.
Your Authorised Ford Dealer or specialist Tyre
Supplier has suitable wheel balancing equipment
so that any noticeable out of balance effect can
be corrected, but such balancing is usually only
necessary on the front wheels.
Although tyre repositioning is
important in that it evens out tyre wear, one of
the greatest causes of premature tyre wear is
careless or improper inflation. Another important
factor which can affect tyre life is, faulty
wheel alignment, incorrectly adjusted brakes and
hard braking or acceleration.
Inspect the tyres frequently,
looking at the wear on the tread, and remove any
pieces of flint, sharp stones etc which may have
become embedded in the thread.