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Honda Fit: Changing a Flat Tire - If a Tire Goes Flat - Handling the Unexpected - Honda Fit Owners Manual

Honda Fit: Changing a Flat Tire

Honda Fit Owners Manual

If a tire goes flat while driving, grasp the steering wheel firmly, and brake gradually to reduce speed. Then, stop in a safe place. Replace the flat tire with a compact spare tire. Go to a dealer as soon as possible to have the full size tire repaired or replaced.

1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, non-slippery surface and apply the parking brake.

Automatic transmission models

2. Move the shift lever to .

Manual transmission model

2. Move the shift lever to .

All models

3. Turn on the hazard warning lights and turn the ignition switch to LOCK .

Periodically check the tire pressure of the compact spare. It should be set to the specified pressure.

Specified Pressure: 60 psi (420 kPa, 4.2 kgf/cm2) When driving with the compact spare tire, keep the vehicle speed under 50 mph (80 km/h). Replace with a full size tire as soon as possible.

The compact spare tire and wheel in your vehicle are specifically for this model.

Do not use them with another vehicle.

Do not use another type of compact spare tire or wheel with your vehicle.

Do not mount tire chains on a compact spare tire.

If a chain-mounted front tire goes flat, remove one of the full-size rear tires and replace it with the compact spare tire. Remove the flat front tire and replace it with the full size tire that was removed from the rear.

Mount the tire chains on the front tire.

U.S. models only

Do not use a puncture-repairing agent on a flat tire, as it can damage the tire pressure sensor.

Getting Ready to Replace the Flat Tire

1. Open the cargo area floor lid.

2. Take the tool bag out of the spare tire. Take the wheel nut wrench and the jack handle bar out of the tool bag.

3. Take the jack out of the cargo area.

4. Unscrew the wing bolt, and remove the spacer cone. Then, remove the spare tire.

5. Place a wheel block or rock in front and rear of the wheel diagonal to the flat tire.

6. Place the compact spare tire (wheel side up) under the vehicle body, near the tire that needs to be replaced.

Models with wheel cover

7. Put the flat tip of the jack handle bar into the edge of the wheel cover. Carefully pry the edge and remove the cover.

► Wrap a cloth around the flat tip of the jack handle bar to prevent scratches on the cover.

All models

8. Loosen each wheel nut about one turn using the wheel nut wrench.

Models with wheel cover

Align the valve mark on the wheel cover to the tire valve on the wheel, then install the wheel cover.

How to Set Up the Jack

1. Place the jack under the jacking point closest to the tire to be changed.

2. Turn the end bracket (as shown in the image) clockwise until the top of the jack contacts the jacking point.

► Make sure that the jacking point tab is resting in the jack notch.

3. Raise the vehicle, using the jack handle bar and the jack handle, until the tire is off the ground.

The vehicle can easily roll off the jack, seriously injuring anyone underneath.

Follow the directions for changing a tire exactly, and never get under the vehicle when it is supported only by the jack.

Do not use the jack with people or luggage in the vehicle.

Use the jack provided in your vehicle.

Other jacks may not support the weight (“load”) or their shape may not match.

The following instructions must be followed to use the jack safely.

• Do not use while the engine is running.

• Use only where the ground is firm and level.

• Use only at the jacking points.

• Do not get in the vehicle while using the jack.

• Do not put anything on top of or underneath the jack.

Replacing the Flat Tire

1. Remove the wheel nuts and flat tire.

2. Wipe the mounting surfaces of the wheel with a clean cloth.

3. Mount the compact spare tire.

4. Screw the wheel nuts until they touch the lips around the mounting holes, and stop rotating.

5. Lower the vehicle and remove the jack.

Tighten the wheel nuts in the order indicated in the image. Go around, tightening the nuts, two to three times in this order.

Wheel nut torque:

80 lbf∙ft (108 N∙m, 11 kgf∙m)

Do not over tighten the wheel nuts by applying extra torque using your foot or a pipe.

Storing the Flat Tire

Models with aluminum wheels

1. Remove the center cap.

All models

2. Place the flat tire face down in the spare tire well.

3. Remove the spacer cone from the wing bolt, flip it over, and insert it back on the bolt. Secure the flat tire with the wing bolt.

4. Securely store the wheel nut wrench and jack handle bar back in the tool bag. Store the bag in the center of the flat tire.

5. Store the jack. Turn the jack’s end bracket to lock it in place.

Loose items can fly around the interior in a crash and can seriously injure the occupants.

Store the wheel, jack, and tools securely before driving.

TPMS and the Spare Tire

U.S. models

If you replace a flat tire with the spare tire, the low tire pressure indicator comes on while you are driving. After driving for a few miles (kilometers), the indicator will go off and the TPMS indicator comes on, but this is normal.

If you replace the tire with a specified regular tire, the low tire pressure or TPMS indicator will go off after a few miles (kilometers).

The system cannot monitor the pressure of the spare tire. Manually check the spare tire pressure to be sure that it is correct.

Use TPMS specific wheels. Each is equipped with a tire pressure sensor mounted inside the tire behind the valve stem.

    If a Tire Goes Flat

    Temporarily Repairing a Flat Tire

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