How To Change A Tire On A Ford Expedition

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By Matthew Cote

Changing tire is a useful task for everyone to learn. This skill should be practiced often to reach optimum comfort in changing a tire. The steps that follow are based on changing a tire on a Ford Expedition.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Acquire your jack tools and jacking instructions. These items are located under the access panel located in the floor compartment behind the rear seat.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Take out the jack and tools assembly tray from the compartment by rotating the wing-nut counterclockwise to reduce tension against the jack assembly tray. From the plastic tray unsnap the wheel lug nut wrench, jack extension and handle.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Unsnap the wheel lug nut wrench, jack extension and handle from the plastic tray. Find your spare tire, which is under the vehicle just beyond the rear bumper, and collapse the rear seat down.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Get the jack handle and winch extension from the tray and put them together.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Release the spare tire winch access plug in the bottom of the compartment just behind the third row seat very close to the jack and tools tray. Put in the winch extension tool assembly through the access hole in the floor and engage in the winch.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Turn the handle counterclockwise until the tire is lowered to the ground and the cable is slightly slack to remove the spare tire. Slip the retainer through the center of the spare tire wheel.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Activate hazard flashers, park on a level surface and set the parking brake.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Be sure the Engine is off, put gearshift lever in P (Park), and block the diagonally opposite wheel.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Get the spare tire and jack tools from their storage area.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Utilize the tip of the jack handle to remove any wheel trim. Loosen each wheel lug nut one-half turn counterclockwise. This is not to be done until the wheel is raised off the ground.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Situate the jack according to the jack locator arrows found on the frame and turn the jack handle and extension tool assembly clockwise. Raise the vehicle so the tire is not further than 1 inch off the ground when changing the spare tire.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Substitute the flat tire with the spare tire, noting that the valve stem is facing outward. Reinstall the lug nuts making sure the wheel is snug against the hub. Do not fully tighten the lug nuts until the jack and the wheel has been lowered.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Bring down the wheel by turning the jack handle counterclockwise. Take away the jack and fully tighten the lug nuts and reinstall the wheel cover. Also release the lock on the wheels.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Set flat tire, jack, lug wrench and tools back in their place. A securely fastened jack will alleviate any rattling when you drive.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Remember that during the changing tire process you might have turned off the air suspensions. Now is the time to turn on the air suspensions switch (if equipped).

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F If a flat tire occurs while driving, do not apply the break heavily but gradually decrease your speed and pull over to the side of the road.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Do not put any part of your body under the vehicle while changing a tire; this can put you at risk for personal injury.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F The jack is only meant for changing a tire.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F The use of tire sealants may damage your tires and also damage your tire pressure monitoring system.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F To help avoid the vehicle from moving when you change a tire, be sure the parking brake is on, then block (in both directions) the wheel that is diagonally opposite (other side and end of the vehicle) to the tire being changed.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F For vehicles equipped with air suspension, you must turn off the air suspension prior to jacking, hoisting or towing your vehicle.

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