Dodge Charger: JACKING AND TIRE CHANGING / Jacking Instructions

Dodge Charger 2011-2022 Owner's Manual / IN CASE OF EMERGENCY / JACKING AND TIRE CHANGING / Jacking Instructions

WARNING!

Carefully follow these tire changing warnings to help prevent personal injury or damage to your vehicle:

  • Always park on a firm, level surface as far from the edge of the roadway as possible before raising the vehicle.
  • Turn on the Hazard Warning Flashers.
  • Apply the parking brake firmly and set an automatic transmission in PARK.
  • Chock the wheel diagonally opposite the wheel to be raised.
  • Never start or run the engine with the vehicle on a jack.
  • Do not let anyone sit in the vehicle when it is on a jack.
  • Do not get under the vehicle when it is on a jack. If you need to get under a raised vehicle, take it to a service center where it can be raised on a lift.
  • Only use the jack in the positions indicated and for lifting this vehicle during a tire change.
  • If working on or near a roadway, be extremely careful of motor traffic.
  • To assure that spare tires, flat or inflated, are securely stowed, spares must be stowed with the valve stem facing the ground.

Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

Placement for the front and rear jacking locations are critical. See the following images for proper jacking locations.

Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

CAUTION!

Do not attempt to raise the vehicle by jacking on locations other than those indicated in the Jacking Instructions for this vehicle.

  1. Remove the spare tire, jack, wheel chocks, and lug wrench.

    NOTE:

    When the following label is present, the spare tire must be used for the rear wheel(s) only. For a flat front tire, you must first install the spare on one of the rear tires. Then, follow the jacking instructions for front tire replacement and replace the front road wheel with the wheel removed from the rear of the vehicle.

    Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

  2. If equipped with aluminum wheels where the center cap covers the lug nuts, use the lug wrench to pry the center cap off carefully before raising the vehicle.
  3. Before raising the vehicle, use the lug wrench to loosen, but not remove, the lug nuts on the wheel with the flat tire. Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise one turn while the wheel is still on the ground.
  4. Place the jack underneath the lift area that is closest to the flat tire. Turn the jack screw clockwise to firmly engage the jack saddle with the lift area of the sill flange.

    NOTE:

    If the vehicle is too low for jack placement, slide the jack on its side and rotate it up into position.

    Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

    Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

    Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

    Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

  5. Raise the vehicle just enough to remove the flat tire and install the spare tire.

    WARNING!

    Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make the vehicle less stable. It could slip off the jack and hurt someone near it. Raise the vehicle only enough to remove the tire.

  6. Remove the lug nuts and tire.
  7. Mount the spare tire.

    CAUTION!

    Be sure to mount the spare tire with the valve stem facing outward. The vehicle could be damaged if the spare tire is mounted incorrectly.

    Dodge Charger. Jacking Instructions

    NOTE:

    For vehicles so equipped, do not attempt to install a center cap or wheel cover on the compact spare.

  8. Install the lug nuts with the cone shaped end of the lug nut toward the wheel. Lightly tighten the lug nuts.

    WARNING!

    To avoid the risk of forcing the vehicle off the jack, do not tighten the wheel nuts fully until the vehicle has been lowered. Failure to follow this warning may result in serious injury.

  9. Lower the vehicle to the ground by turning the jack handle counterclockwise.
  10. Finish tightening the wheel bolts. Push down on the wrench while at the end of the handle for increased leverage. Tighten the wheel bolts in a star pattern until each wheel bolt has been tightened twice. If in doubt about the correct tightness, have them checked with a torque wrench by an authorized dealer or at a service station.
  11. Stow the wheel chocks, jack, tools and flat tire. Make sure the base of the jack faces the front of the vehicle before tightening down the fastener.

WARNING!

A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or hard stop could endanger the occupants of the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and the spare tire in the places provided. Have the deflated (flat) tire repaired or replaced immediately.

 

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