Cadillac Escalade: Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire - Tire Changing - Wheels and Tires - Vehicle Care - Cadillac Escalade Owner's ManualCadillac Escalade: 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. To remove the center cap, place the chiseled end of the wheel wrench in the slot on the wheel and gently pry the cap out.

3. Use the wheel wrench to loosen all the wheel nuts. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise

3. Use the wheel wrench to loosen all the wheel nuts. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to loosen the wheel nuts. Do not remove the wheel nuts yet.

Jacking Locations (Overall View)

Jacking Locations (Overall View)

A. Front Position
B. Rear Position

WARNING WARNING

Getting under a vehicle when it is lifted on a jack 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 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.

4. Position the jack under the vehicle as shown.

Front Position

Front Position

Front Tire Flat: If the flat tire is on a front tire of the vehicle, use the jack handle and only one jack handle extension. Attach the wheel wrench to the jack handle extension. Attach the jack handle to the jack (A). Position the jack on the frame behind the flat tire where the frame sections overlap. Turn the wheel wrench clockwise to raise the vehicle. Raise the vehicle far enough off the ground so there is enough room for the spare tire to clear the ground.

Rear Position

Rear Position

Rear Tire Flat: If the flat tire is on a rear tire of the vehicle, use the jack handle (B) and both jack handle extensions (C). Attach the wheel wrench (D) to the jack handle extensions (C). Attach the jack handle (B) to the jack (A). Use the jacking pad (E) provided on the rear axle. Turn the wheel wrench (D) clockwise to raise the vehicle. Raise the vehicle far enough off the ground so there is enough room for the spare tire to clear the ground.

5. Remove all of the wheel nuts.

5. Remove all of the wheel nuts.
6. Take off the flat tire.

WARNING 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.

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

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

WARNING 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.

8. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel after mounting the spare tire.

9. Tighten each wheel nut by hand. Then use the wheel wrench to tighten the nuts until the wheel is held against the hub.

10. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to lower the vehicle. Lower the jack completely.

WARNING 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.

11. Tighten the nuts firmly in a crisscross sequence as shown by turning the

11. Tighten the nuts firmly in a crisscross sequence as shown by turning the wheel wrench clockwise.

When reinstalling the regular wheel and tire, also reinstall the center cap. Line the tab on the back of the cap with the slot in the wheel. Place the cap on the wheel and press until it snaps into place.

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