Mercedes-Benz offers a Roadside Assistance program that gives customers the opportunity to have a Mercedes-Benz representative travel to your location and help you with whatever roadside needs you may require. If you do not have the Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance program, however, it is beneficial to know how to change a flat tire on your own. Changing a flat on a Mercedes-Benz is easy and straightforward and following these instructions will make sure you and your car on back on the road in no time.
What you will need
- Park your car in a flat, dry place so you can jack the car up easier. Make sure your car is parked on the shoulder of the road in a safe and isolated spot to avoid oncoming traffic as much as possible.
- Move the shifter into “Park,” pull the parking hand brake and turn on your hazard lights.
- Open the trunk of the car. Lift up the trunk floor and you will find a Mercedes-Benz spare tire, lug wrench, and a car jack.
- Using your lug wrench, loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire. Be sure not to remove the lug nut completely. Loosen them approximately one turn.
- Locate the jacking points on your Mercedes. If you have trouble finding them, the Mercedes-Benz manual will have guided pictures.
- Raise the Mercedes-Benz until the flat tire hovers roughly three (3) inches off the ground.
- Assuming all lug nuts are loosened as described in step 4, use the lug wrench to remove all five lug nuts completely.
- Pull the tire straight out and carefully remove it. Gently kick the rubber part of the tire to get it off the wheel hub.
- Place the spare tire on the wheel hub. Align the lug nuts holes with the corresponding holes. In your spare tools kit, you may have a wheel stud guide like this one. Thread it into one of the lug nut holes. Now push the spare tire in and make sure it is seated properly against the brake rotor,
- Put the lug nuts on. Screw them in as tightly as you can so the spare is firmly attached to the car’s wheel assembly.
- Lower the Mercedes-Benz to the ground by cranking the jack counter-clockwise. Remove the jack from underneath the car.
- Once the car is lowered to the ground, tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern: tighten the top lug nut first and then its opposing lug at the bottom. It’s important to tighten the lug nuts in a star-like pattern to ensure the tire is secured tight and straight.
- Drive you Mercedes for a few minutes and recheck the lug nuts. Make sure the lug nuts are securely fastened.
Can’t get Mercedes tire off
If the tire is not coming off, there are some quick fixes to remedy the situation.
- Try spraying WD-40 on the lug nuts and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Use a rubber mallet and lightly hitting the inside part of the tire, not the rim, and break up the corrosion and built-up rust. Be sure to stay away from a metal mallet/hammer to dent or damage your car.