Toyota Avalon Owners Manual: 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

  • Stop the vehicle in a safe place on a hard, flat surface.
  • Set the parking brake.
  • Shift the shift lever to P.
  • Stop the engine.
  • Turn on the emergency flashers.

Location of the spare tire, jack and tools

Steps to take in an emergency

  1. Luggage floor cover
  2. Wheel nut wrench
  3. Jack
  4. Spare tire
  5. Jack handle
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.

  • Do not use the tire jack for any purpose other than replacing tires or installing and removing tire chains.
  • Only use the tire jack that comes with this vehicle for replacing a flat tire.

    Do not use it on other vehicles, and do not use other tire jacks for replacing tires on this vehicle.

  • Put the jack properly in its jack point.
  • Do not put any part of your body under the vehicle while it is supported by the jack.
  • Do not start the engine or drive the vehicle while the vehicle is supported by the jack.
  • Do not raise the vehicle while someone is inside.
  • When raising the vehicle, do not put an object on or under the jack.
  • Do not raise the vehicle to a height greater than that required to replace the tire.
  • Use a jack stand if it is necessary to get under the vehicle.
  • When lowering the vehicle, make sure that there is no-one near the vehicle. If there are people nearby, warn them vocally before lowering.

 

NOTICE

■To prevent damage to the vehicle when using a jack When jacking up the rear of the vehicle, make sure not to position the jack under the bracket shown in the illustration near the rear jack point, as the vehicle body may be damaged.

Steps to take in an emergency

Taking out the jack

1. Lift up the hook of the luggage floor cover on the trunk floor.

Steps to take in an emergency

2. Secure the luggage floor cover using the hook provided.

Steps to take in an emergency

3. Remove the jack.

Steps to take in an emergency

Taking out the spare tire

1. Lift up the hook of the luggage floor cover on the trunk floor.

Steps to take in an emergency

2. Secure the luggage floor cover using the hook provided.

Steps to take in an emergency

3. Remove the tool tray.

Steps to take in an emergency

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

When taking out or stowing the spare tire, make sure to firmly hold opposite end of the tire.

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.

Steps to take in an emergency

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

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

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.

To prevent damage to the vehicle when using the jack, position the jack in the correct location.

Steps to take in an emergency

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

4. Assemble the jack handle.

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

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.

Steps to take in an emergency

WARNING

■Replacing a flat tire

  • Do not touch the disc wheels or the area around the brakes immediately after the vehicle has been driven.

    After the vehicle has been driven the disc wheels and the area around the brakes will be extremely hot. Touching these areas with hands, feet or other body parts while changing a tire, etc. may result in burns.

  • Failure to follow these precautions could cause the wheel nuts to loosen and the tire to fall off, resulting in death or serious injury.
    • Have the wheel nuts tightened with a torque wrench to 76 ft*lbf (103 N*m, 10.5 kgf*m) as soon as possible after changing wheels.
    • Do not attach a heavily damaged wheel ornament, as it may fly off the wheel while the vehicle is moving.
    • When installing a tire, only use wheel nuts that have been specifically designed for that wheel.
    • If there are any cracks or deformations in the bolt screws, nut threads or bolt holes of the wheel, have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer.
    • When installing the wheel nuts, be sure to install them with the tapered ends facing inward.

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.

Steps to take in an emergency

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

Tighten the wheel nuts until the tapered portion comes into loose contact with the disc wheel seat.

Steps to take in an emergency

3. Lower the vehicle.

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)

Steps to take in an emergency

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

■The compact spare tire

  • The compact spare tire is identified by the label "TEMPORARY USE ONLY" on the tire sidewall.

    Use the compact spare tire temporarily, and only in an emergency.

  • Make sure to check the tire inflation pressure of the compact spare tire.

■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 equipped When driving with the compact spare tire installed, the vehicle height will be different than 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

  • Remember that the compact spare tire provided is specifically designed for use with your vehicle. Do not use your compact spare tire on another vehicle.
  • Do not use more than one compact spare tires simultaneously.
  • Replace the compact spare tire with a standard tire as soon as possible.
  • Avoid sudden acceleration, abrupt steering, sudden braking and shifting operations that cause sudden engine braking.

When the compact spare tire is attached The vehicle speed may not be correctly detected, and the following systems may not operate correctly:

  • ABS & Brake assist
  • VSC
  • TRAC
  • EPS
  • Automatic High Beam
  • Dynamic radar cruise control with full-speed range
  • LDA (Lane Departure Alert with steering control)
  • PCS (Pre-Collision System)
  • Tire pressure warning system
  • BSM (Blind Spot Monitor)
  • Intuitive parking assist*
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS)*
  • Rear view monitor system*
  • Toyota parking assist monitor
  • Panoramic view monitor*
  • Navigation system*

*: If equipped

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 Toyota dealer as the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter may be damaged if not handled correctly.

■To avoid damage to the tire pressure warning valve and transmitters When a tire is repaired with liquid sealants, the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter may not operate properly. If a liquid sealant is used, contact your Toyota dealer or other qualified service shop as soon as possible. Make sure to replace the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter when replacing the tire.

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