Spare Wheel Fitting

Oct 8, 2007
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347
Kent
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562
MH
Sunlight 640
Exp
Since 2007
What a phaff! Fitted a sprare wheel carrier, purchased new steel wheel and just had new tyre fitted. Went to fit.

Just to set the scene, our drive has just been jet hosed and resealed so is very clean. I could comfortably crawl around on it. OK it was the first time of trying, but what a phaff this will be if ever needed, when the road is mucky, it's raining and dark! Definitely a job for an experienced recovery person.(y)

I'd suggest if you haven't tried removing and replacing the spare wheel, you give it a try. Somewhere flat, clean and dry :)

Mick
 
Sep 17, 2017
768
1,158
Birmingham, UK
Funster No
50,575
MH
Van conversion
Exp
2017
I assume you've got the standard 'winch up the wire' spare wheel carrier? If I let the wire all the way out, it's not too hard to get the wheel off the lift point as it's reachable from the rear of the vehicle, but I've only got a shorty. If you've got a longer van, does the spare wheel sit still right up against the rear bumper? Regardless, getting a wheel back on the lifter and back up again is quite a faff though. I agree that if you do ever have to use it in anger, you're going to need a change of cloths afterwards.
 

TerryL

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Mar 5, 2010
3,963
3,531
North East
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10,511
MH
Low Profile
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2009
I believe the official instructions say wind all the cable out then you should be able to use the handle to pull the wheel out to the side of the van.

There are two considerations to this though - it's the (UK) offside so maybe in the road. If it's the rear offside tyre that's flat there may not be enough room until that corner is raised.

Personally I've never had to do it (the wheel and mechanism gets checked at the annual service) so unless it is absolutely safe to do so and the callout time is excessive, I'll let the breakdown service deal with it.
 

TheBig1

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Nov 27, 2011
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many many years! since I was a kid
i had a puncture in my 4x4 a few months back. that brought me down with a shock, realising that hauling out a 30kg tyre from under a vehicle at the roadside is now realistically beyond me now
 
Oct 29, 2016
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5,414
Camberley, Surrey
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45,842
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Carthago C Tourer T148H
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Ex Tuggers, I year into Mohoing, FLT wannabies
When I first met my OH she proudly announced that she could check the fluids under any bonnet, fill the tyres with air unassisted, I then smugly asked her if she could change a wheel if she ever got a puncture?, to which she yes, I did it once on my Mini.
So if we are ever unfortunate enough to have a puncture on our travels, then I will sit back and say....OK love, nows your chance, its not a mini but the theory is just the same, and the nice new clean spare wheel is in the garage, so dont make a mess in there getting it out! :D:reel::imoutahere:
Les
 
Feb 21, 2016
2,031
2,414
Uk
Funster No
41,726
MH
C class
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Beginner
When I first met my OH she proudly announced that she could check the fluids under any bonnet, fill the tyres with air unassisted, I then smugly asked her if she could change a wheel if she ever got a puncture?, to which she yes, I did it once on my Mini.
So if we are ever unfortunate enough to have a puncture on our travels, then I will sit back and say....OK love, nows your chance, its not a mini but the theory is just the same, and the nice new clean spare wheel is in the garage, so dont make a mess in there getting it out! :D:reel::imoutahere:
Les
Almost worth letting a tyre down to see said OH in action. Please send us the video.
 
Nov 22, 2018
140
56
Kent
Funster No
57,328
MH
Rimor Europeo 87
Exp
3 years
Spare wheel lives in the garage. I could change it, but OH? No chance.
Apparently it's a blue job anyway.
 
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