Holding the spare wheel, try to line up the holes in
the center with the threaded shafts that they fit over. Shift
and slide the spare wheel over the shafts until it's seated properly,
and can't be pushed any farther onto the shafts.
If there's not enough clearance to mount the fully inflated spare
tire, put it aside and turn the jack handle a few more times to
raise the car body.
The next key step is to tighten the lug nuts in the proper order:
- Take the lug nuts and spin them onto the
shafts with your hands. Use the lug wrench
to turn them so that they all rest against the
wheel, but don't tighten them down yet.
- Lower the jack so that the tire just
rests on the ground.
- Tighten one of the lug nuts well.
Give it one good turn with the wrench, but don't
crank it on. Next, go to the nut opposite to the
one that you've just tightened, and tighten in
the same way.
- Tighten the remaining nuts in the same
way. If you have five nuts, tighten every
other one until they're all tight.