Lexus ES manuals

Lexus ES: If you have a flat tire

Your vehicle is equipped with a spare tire. The flat tire can be replaced with the spare tire.

WARNING

■If you have a flat tire Do not continue driving with a flat tire.

Driving even a short distance with a flat tire can damage the tire and the wheel beyond repair, which could result in an accident.

Before jacking up the vehicle

Location of the spare tire, jack and tools

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

  1. Wheel nut wrench
  2. Wheel lock key* (if equipped)
  3. Jack
  4. Jack handle
  5. Spare tire
  6. Towing eyelet (if equipped)

*: Documentation relating to the wheel lock key, such as the registration and I.D. card, is inside the glove box.

WARNING

■Using the tire jack Observe the following precautions.

Improper use of the tire jack may cause the vehicle to suddenly fall off the jack, leading to death or serious injury.

Wheel lock nut (if equipped)

When replacing tires on a vehicle with wheel lock nuts, use the following procedures to remove and install the wheel lock nuts. The wheel lock key is stored in the tray inside the luggage compartment. Always return the wheel lock key to its original position after use, so that it does not get lost.

■ Removal For ease of removal, the wheel lock nut should always be the first one loosened.

1. Place the wheel lock key on top of the wheel lock nut, turning until the wheel lock key and wheel lock nut patterns engage.

2. Place the wheel nut wrench on the wheel lock key, and while applying pressure on the wheel lock key, loosen the wheel lock nut.

■ Installation For ease of installation, the wheel lock nut should always be the last one tightened.

1. By hand, install a wheel lock nut on each wheel.

2. Place the wheel lock key on top of the wheel lock nut, turning until the wheel lock key and wheel lock nut patterns engage.

3. Place the wheel nut wrench on the wheel lock key, and while applying pressure on the wheel lock key, tighten the wheel lock nut to the recommended torque.

NOTICE

Do not use an impact wrench. Using an impact wrench may cause permanent damage to wheel lock nut and wheel lock key. If in doubt about wheel lock application, contact your Lexus dealer.

Taking out the jack

1. Open the trunk.

2. Pull the lever upwards when lifting the luggage mat up.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

3. The lever can be hooked on the edge of the trunk.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

4. Remove the jack.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

NOTICE

■To prevent damage to luggage mat When closing the trunk door, do not leave the luggage mat lever hooked on the edge of the trunk.

Taking out the spare tire

1. Remove the auxiliary box.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

2. Loosen the center fastener that secures the spare tire.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

WARNING

■When storing the spare tire Be careful not to catch fingers or other body parts between the spare tire and the body of the vehicle.

Replacing a flat tire

1. Chock the tires.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

Flat tire Wheel chock positions
Front left-hand side Behind the rear right-hand side tire
Front right-hand side Behind the rear left-hand side tire
Rear left-hand side In front of the front right-hand side tire
Rear right-hand side In front of the front left-hand side tire

2. Slightly loosen the wheel nuts (one turn).

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

3. Turn the tire jack portion A by hand until the notch of the jack is in contact with the jack point.

The jack point guides are located under the rocker panel. They indicate the jack point positions.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

4. Assemble the jack handle.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

5. Raise the vehicle until the tire is slightly raised off the ground.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

6. Remove all the wheel nuts and the tire.

When resting the tire on the ground, place the tire so that the wheel design faces up to avoid scratching the wheel surface.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

WARNING

■Replacing a flat tire

WARNING

Installing the spare tire

1. Remove any dirt or foreign matter from the wheel contact surface.

If foreign matter is on the wheel contact surface, the wheel nuts may loosen while the vehicle is in motion, causing the tire to come off.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

2. Install the spare tire and loosely tighten each wheel nut by hand by approximately the same amount.

Tighten the wheel nuts until the washers A come into loose contact with the disc wheel B.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

3. Lower the vehicle.

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

4. Firmly tighten each wheel nut two or three times in the order shown in the illustration.

Tightening torque: 76 ft*lbf (103 N*m, 10.5 kgf*m)

Lexus ES. Steps to take in an emergency

5. Stow the flat tire, tire jack and all tools.

■The compact spare tire

■After completing the tire change The tire pressure warning system must be reset.

■When using the compact spare tire As the compact spare tire is not equipped with a tire pressure warning valve and transmitter, low inflation pressure of the spare tire will not be indicated by the tire pressure warning system. Also, if you replace the compact spare tire after the tire pressure warning light comes on, the light remains on.

■When the compact spare tire is attached The vehicle becomes lower when driving with the compact spare tire compared to when driving with standard tires.

■If you have a flat front tire on a road covered with snow or ice Install the compact spare tire on one of the rear wheels of the vehicle. Perform the following steps and fit tire chains to the front tires:

1. Replace a rear tire with the compact spare tire.

2. Replace the flat front tire with the tire removed from the rear of the vehicle.

3. Fit tire chains to the front tires.

WARNING

■When using the compact spare tire

■When the compact spare tire is attached

The vehicle speed may not be correctly detected, and the following systems may not operate correctly:

WARNING

■Speed limit when using the compact spare tire Do not drive at speeds in excess of 50 mph (80 km/h) when a compact spare tire is installed on the vehicle.

The compact spare tire is not designed for driving at high speeds. Failure to observe this precaution may lead to an accident causing death or serious injury.

■After using the tools and jack Before driving, make sure all the tools and jack are securely in place in their storage location to reduce the possibility of personal injury during a collision or sudden braking.

NOTICE

■Be careful when driving over bumps with the compact spare tire installed on the vehicle The vehicle becomes lower when driving with the compact spare tire compared to when driving with standard tires. Be careful when driving over uneven road surfaces.

■Driving with tire chains and the compact spare tire Do not fit tire chains to the compact spare tire.

Tire chains may damage the vehicle body and adversely affect driving performance.

■When replacing the tires When removing or fitting the wheels, tires or the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter, contact your Lexus dealer as the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter may be damaged if not handled correctly.

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