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Ford Focus Owners Manual: Changing a road wheel

Ford Focus Owners Manual / Wheels and tyres / Changing a road wheel

Locking wheel nuts

You can obtain a replacement locking wheel nut key and replacement locking wheel nuts from your dealer using the reference number certificate.

Vehicles with a temporary spare wheel


If the spare wheel differs from the other fitted wheels, these rules must be followed:

Do not exceed 80 km/h (50 mph).

Drive the shortest possible distances.

Do not fit more than one spare wheel on your vehicle at any one time.

Do not use snow chains on this type of wheel.

Do not drive through an automatic car wash.

Do not carry out any tyre repairs on a temporary spare wheel.


The ground clearance of your vehicle will be reduced. Take care when parking next to a kerb.

Note: Your vehicle may exhibit some unusual driving characteristics.

Vehicle jack


The vehicle jack supplied with your vehicle should only be used when changing a wheel in emergency situations.

Before using the vehicle jack, check that it is not damaged or deformed and that the thread is lubricated and free from foreign matter.

Never place anything between the jack and the ground, or the jack and the vehicle.

Note: Vehicles with a tyre repair kit are not equipped with a vehicle jack or a wheel brace.

It is recommended to use a workshop type hydraulic jack for changing between summer and winter tyres.

Note: Use a jack with a minimum lifting capacity of 1.5 tonnes and a lifting plate with a minimum diameter of 80 millimetres (3.1 inches).

Vehicles without tyre repair kit

Jack A Wheel brace B Space for locking wheel nut key C

Your vehicle jack and wheel brace are located in the spare wheel well.

Jacking and lifting points

Emergency use only A Maintenance B


Use only the specified jacking points.

If you use other positions, you may damage the body, steering, suspension, engine, braking system or the fuel lines.

Indentations in the sills A show the location of the jacking points.

Vehicles with side skirts

Removing a road wheel


Park your vehicle in such a position that neither the traffic nor you are hindered or endangered.

Set up a warning triangle.

Make sure that the vehicle is on firm, level ground with the wheels pointing straight ahead.

Switch off the ignition and apply the parking brake.

If your vehicle has a manual transmission, select first or reverse gear. If it has an automatic transmission, select park.

Have the passengers leave the vehicle.

Secure the diagonally opposite wheel with an appropriate block or wheel chock.

Make sure that the arrows on directional tyres point in the direction of rotation when the vehicle is moving forwards. If you have to fit a spare wheel with the arrows pointing in the opposite direction, have the tyre refitted in the correct direction by a properly trained technician.

Do not work underneath the vehicle when it is supported only by a jack.

Make sure that the jack is vertical to the jacking point and the base is flat on the ground.


Do not lay alloy wheels face down on the ground, this will damage the paint.

Note: The spare wheel is located under the floor cover in the luggage compartment.

1. Insert the flat end of the wheel brace between the rim and the hub cover and carefully remove the hub cap or cover.

2. Install the locking wheel nut key.

3. Slacken the wheel nuts.

4. Jack up the vehicle until the tyre is clear of the ground.

5. Remove the wheel nuts and the wheel.

Installing a road wheel


Use only approved wheel and tyre sizes. Using other sizes could damage the vehicle and will make the National Type Approval invalid. See Technical specifications.

Do not fit run flat tyres on vehicles that were not originally fitted with them. Please contact your dealer for more details regarding compatibility.


Do not install alloy wheels using wheel nuts designed for use with steel wheels.

Note: Make sure the wheel and hub contact surfaces are free from foreign matter.

Note: Make sure that the cones on the wheel nuts are against the wheel.

1. Install the wheel.

2. Install the wheel nuts finger tight.

3. Install the locking wheel nut key.

4. Partially tighten the wheel nuts in the sequence shown.

5. Lower the vehicle and remove the jack.

6. Fully tighten the wheel nuts in the sequence shown. See Technical specifications.

7. Install the hub cap or cover using the ball of your hand.


Have the wheel nuts checked for tightness and the tyre pressure checked as soon as possible.

Note: If the spare wheel is different in size or construction to the road wheels, have this replaced as soon as possible.

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