Changing a Flat Tire on Your Dodge Charger

July 26th, 2021 by

Here’s hoping you never encounter a flat tire while driving your Dodge Charger.  In the event you do, however, here are instructions—with an accompanying video—that show how to access the spare tire and safely change the affected tire:

 

Accessing the spare tire and jack assembly:

  • Make sure to carefully move the vehicle to a firm, level surface safely away from all traffic. Avoid ice or slippery areas.
  • Make sure the ignition is turned off, the vehicle’s hazard lights are on, the gear selector is in “Park,” and the emergency brake is fully engaged.
Warning:  Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the vehicle closest to moving traffic. Pull far enough off the road to avoid being hit when operating the jack or changing the tire.  Do not change the tire or remain with the car if it is unsafe to do so. Wait for roadside assistance.
  • If equipped, you’ll find the compact spare tire, wheel chocks, jack, and jack-handle underneath an access cover in the trunk.
  • Lift the cover and unscrew the bolt securing the spare. Now you can remove the wheel chocks, spare tire, jack, and jack handle. (Note:  In most cases, the spare tire must be removed to access the jack assembly.)
  • Turn the jack screw counterclockwise to loosen the lug wrench; then remove it from the jack assembly.
  • Using the chocks provided, chock both the front and rear of the wheel diagonally opposite of the jacking position. For example, if you’re changing the right front tire, chock the left rear tire. (Note:  A chock is a wedge to place against a wheel or rounded object, to prevent it from moving).

 

Changing the tire:

  • Using the lug wrench, loosen—but do not yet remove—the lug nuts by turning each counter-clockwise one turn while the tire is still firmly on the ground.
  • There is a front and rear jacking location on each side of the vehicle. Place the jack underneath the lift area closest to the flat tire. Turn the jack screw clockwise to firmly engage the jack saddle with the lift area.
Warning:  Do not raise the vehicle until you are certain the jack is fully engaged.
  • Now you’re ready to jack up the vehicle by turning the jack screw clockwise. Raise the vehicle only until the tire clears the road surface with just enough clearance to install the spare tire.  It is now safe to remove the lug nuts and affected tire.

 

Warning:  Never start or run the engine or put any part of your body under a vehicle that is up on a jack.   Additionally, do not let anyone sit in the vehicle when it is up on a jack.
  • Mount the spare tire with the valve stem facing out, as damage can occur if the replacement tire is mounted improperly.
  • Reinstall the lug nuts and lightly tighten them clockwise. Now you can lower the vehicle back down to the road surface by turning the jack screw counterclockwise.

 

Final steps:

  • Once the car is safely on the ground again, remove the jack and finish tightening the lug nuts. Alternately tighten the lug nuts until each one has been tightened twice. Maximum effort should then be used for final tightening.
  • It’s always wise to have the lug tightness checked with a torque wrench by an authorized dealer or tire service professional.
  • Finally, store the flat tire, jack, and tools in their proper locations.… and you are ready to go again.
Warning:  Once the tire is changed, do not store the jack and tools loosely in the passenger compartment, as they could become dangerous projectiles in the event of an accident.
  • Have the deflated (flat) tire repaired or replaced immediately.

 

Final note:  These instructions are not intended to take the place of your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual. For complete details on the procedure for changing a tire—as well as other important safety information—please consult your owner’s manual.

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