Buick LaCrosse: Removing the Flat Tire and 
Installing the Spare Tire - Tire Changing - Wheels and Tires - Vehicle Care - Buick LaCrosse Owners ManualBuick LaCrosse: Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire

1. Do a safety check before proceeding. See If a Tire Goes Flat for more information.

2. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to loosen the wheel nut caps.

If needed, finish loosening them by hand. The nut caps will not come off of the wheel cover.

The edge of the wheel cover could be sharp, so do not try to remove the cover with your bare hands. Do not drop the cap or lay it face down, as it could become scratched or damaged.

Store the wheel cover in the trunk until you have the flat tire repaired or replaced.

3. Turn the wheel wrench

3. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to loosen all of the wheel nuts, but do not remove them yet.

Notice:
Make sure that the jack lift head is in the correct position or you may damage your vehicle.
The repairs would not be covered by your warranty.

4. Position the jack head, as

4. Position the jack head, as shown.

Set the jack to the necessary height before positioning it below the jacking point.

5. Attach the jack lift assist tool to the jack by fitting both ends of the jack and tool over one another.

WARNING!
Getting under a vehicle when it is jacked up is dangerous. If the vehicle slips off the jack, you could be badly injured or killed.
Never get under a vehicle when it is supported only by a jack.

WARNING!
Raising the vehicle with the jack improperly positioned can damage the vehicle and even make the vehicle fall. To help avoid personal injury and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle.

WARNING!
Lifting a vehicle and getting under it to do maintenance or repairs is dangerous without the appropriate safety equipment and training. If a jack is provided with the vehicle, it is designed only for changing a flat tire. If it is used for anything else, you or others could be badly injured or killed if the vehicle slips off the jack. If a jack is provided with the vehicle, only use it for changing a flat tire.

6. Turn the jack handle clockwise

6. Turn the jack handle clockwise to raise the vehicle far enough off the ground for the compact spare to fit under the vehicle.

7. Remove all of the wheel nuts.

7. Remove all of the wheel nuts.

8. Remove the flat tire.

WARNING!
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose after time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident. When changing a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, a cloth or a paper towel can be used; however, use a scraper or wire brush later to remove all rust or dirt.

9. Remove any rust or dirt from the

9. Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel bolts, mounting surfaces, and spare wheel.

10. Install the compact spare tire.

WARNING!
Never use oil or grease on bolts or nuts because the nuts might come loose. The vehicle's wheel could fall off, causing a crash.

11. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel. Turn each nut clockwise by hand until the wheel is held against the hub.

12. Lower the vehicle by turning the jack handle counterclockwise. Lower the jack completely.

WARNING!
Wheel nuts that are improperly or incorrectly tightened can cause the wheels to become loose or come off. The wheel nuts should be tightened with a torque wrench to the proper torque specification after replacing. Follow the torque specification supplied by the aftermarket manufacturer when using accessory locking wheel nuts. See Capacities and Specifications for original equipment wheel nut torque specifications.

Notice:
Improperly tightened wheel nuts can lead to brake pulsation and rotor damage. To avoid expensive brake repairs, evenly tighten the wheel nuts in the proper sequence and to the proper torque specification. See Capacities and Specifications for the wheel nut torque specification.

13. Tighten the wheel nuts firmly in

13. Tighten the wheel nuts firmly in a crisscross sequence, as shown.

14. Lower the jack all the way and remove the jack from under the vehicle.

15. Tighten the wheel nuts firmly with the wheel wrench.

Notice:
Wheel covers will not fit on the vehicle's compact spare.
If you try to put a wheel cover on the compact spare, the cover or the spare could be damaged.

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