Some of the details shown here will vary according to model of your Fiat Punto. For instance, certain Punto models are supplied with a 'Fix & Go' puncture repair kit instead of a spare wheel. On models so equipped, follow the instructions supplied with the kit.

Warning: Do not change a wheel in a situation where you risk being hit by another vehicle. On busy roads, try to stop in a lay-by or a gateway. Be wary of passing traffic while changing the wheel - it is easy to become distracted by the job in hand.

□   When a puncture occurs, stop your Fiat Punto as soon as it is safe to do so.
□   Park on firm level ground, if possible, and well out of the way of other traffic.
□   Use hazard warning lights if necessary.
□   If you have one, use a warning triangle to alert other drivers of your presence.
□   Apply the handbrake and engage first or reverse gear (or Park on models with automatic transmission).
□   Chock the wheel diagonally opposite the one being removed - a couple of large stones will do for this.
□   If the ground is soft, use a flat piece of wood to spread the load under the jack.

Changing the wheel of Fiat Punto

The spare wheel and tools (including the jack) are stored in the luggage compartment beneath the floor covering. Unscrew the central plastic nut to remove the tool holder.

Slacken each wheel bolt by a half turn.

Locate the jack under the triangular mark on the sill next to the wheel to be changed, on firm ground.

Turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel is raised clear of the ground.

Unscrew the wheel bolts, withdraw the trim and remove the wheel.

Fit the space-saver spare wheel on the pins, and screw in the bolts. Lightly tighten the bolts with the wheelbrace then lower the vehicle to the ground.

Securely tighten the wheel bolts in the sequence shown, then stow the punctured tyre and wheel in the luggage compartment.

□   Remove the wheel chocks.
□   Stow the jack and tools in the correct locations in the car.
□   Check the tyre pressure on the wheel of Fiat Punto just fitted. If it is low, or if you don't have a pressure gauge with you, drive slowly to the nearest garage and inflate the tyre to the right pressure.
□  When using the space-saver spare wheel, do not exceed 50 mph (80 kph).
□   Have the damaged tyre or wheel repaired as soon as possible.