Land Rover Discovery Owners & Service Manuals

Land Rover Discovery: Removing the spare wheel

  • Remove the temporary spare wheel prior to jacking the vehicle, to avoid destabilising the vehicle when raised.
  • Wheels are heavy and if handled incorrectly may cause injury. Use extreme caution when lifting or manoeuvring the wheels.
  • After wheel changing, always secure the tools, chocks, jack and replaced wheel in their correct stowage positions. Such objects, if not properly stowed, can become flying missiles in a crash or rollover, potentially causing injury or death.

5 seat vehicles

Always secure the temporary spare wheel, or the removed wheel, in the correct position using the retaining bolt.

  1. Lift the loadspace floor to access the temporary spare wheel.
  2. Turn the temporary spare wheel locking ring counter-clockwise to gain access to the retaining bolt.
  3. Turn the retaining bolt counterclockwise until it comes free.
  4. Remove the temporary spare wheel.

7 seat vehicles

The wheels are extremely heavy.

Always take care when operating the spare wheel winch while removing or stowing the temporary spare wheel and the road wheel.

  • It is recommended that the road wheel is always stowed underneath the vehicle following a puncture.
  • Always stow a road wheel, and the temporary spare wheel with the outer face of the wheel facing upwards.
  • Do not operate the winch (retracting or extracting the cable) without pre-tensioning the cable as you do so. Doing so may cause damage to the winch. This pre-tensioning can be achieved, either with the weight of a temporary spare wheel, a road wheel, or by maintaining a tension using your hand.

If when using your hand to tension the winch cable, take care not to trap your fingers.

Do not use power tools to lower the temporary spare wheel. Doing so may damage the winch mechanism.

The temporary spare wheel is located underneath the rear of the vehicle. The winch to lower the spare wheel is located in the bottom of the tool tray.

Before lowering the temporary spare wheel, remove the cover in the rear bumper.

Removing the spare wheel

  1. Using the special tool located in the tool tray, remove the 2 fixings (1) and store them in a safe place.
  2. Remove the cover, easing it off the 4 retaining clips (2).

Note: The cover cannot be refitted after the full size wheel is to be stowed under the vehicle. Store the cover in the loadspace.

Removing the spare wheel

To remove the spare wheel:

  1. Remove the jack to allow access to the temporary spare wheel winch.
  2. Fit the winch handle to the temporary spare wheel winch and rotate counterclockwise to lower the spare wheel.

Note: To avoid damage to the side trim and third row seats (if raised), slide the winch handle through the tube to shorten the handle.

  1. Rotate the winch handle until the temporary spare wheel is on the ground and the winch cable is slack.

Note: Do not attempt to turn the winch beyond the physical stop.

To release the wheel from the winch:

Lift the temporary spare wheel and release the winch cable by passing it through the centre of the wheel, as shown in the above graphic.

To stow the removed road wheel:

  1. Remove the centre cap from the road wheel and store it in a safe place.
  2. Position the road wheel underneath the rear of the vehicle, with the outer face of the road wheel facing upwards.
  3. Pass the winch cable through the centre of the wheel.
  4. Start to turn the winch handle clockwise to take the slack out of the cable, then make sure the cable end is seated correctly before continuing to raise the wheel.
  5. Continue to rotate the winch handle until the road wheel is in the stowed position.
  6. Remove the winch handle and stow all of the tools and the jack in the tool tray.

Note: The bumper cover cannot be refitted to the vehicle with a stowed full sized wheel.

Operating the winch without a road wheel attached

When extracting the winch cable after the winch cable has been retracted without a road wheel attached, operate the winch as follows: Fit the winch handle to the temporary spare wheel winch and rotate counterclockwise to extract the cable, while also applying tension by pulling on the end of the winch cable.

Note: If while the cable is being extracted, the winch feels tight or locks up, stop winding and wind back, at least one full turn. Apply a tension on the cable to release any cable slack, if necessary, giving it a sharp tug. Try the winch again and continue if the mechanism is free to operate. Repeat, if the winch feels tight or locks up again.

If the winch feels tight or locks up, stop winding and wind back, at least one full turn. If this fails to free the winch mechanism, do not continue, as damage may be caused to the winch.

Refitting the bumper cover

When the temporary spare wheel is stowed underneath the vehicle, refit the bumper cover as follows:

  1. Locate the 4 retaining clips on the cover into the slots in rear bumper.
  2. Locate the 2 fixing points in the underside of the cover to the bumper and fasten the cover to the bumper using the fixings. Tighten the fixings with the special tool.


  • Adhere to the instructions on the temporary-use spare warning label, affixed to the wheel. Failure to do so may cause vehicle instability and/or tyre failure.
  • Where fitted, the temporary-use spare wheel is FOR TEMPORARY USE ONLY.
  • Drive with caution while the temporary-use spare wheel is fitted.
  • Make sure that an original size wheel and tyre are fitted as soon as possible.
  • Do not fit more than one temporary-use spare wheel at any one time.
  • Do not exceed 80 km/h (50 mph) while the temporary-use spare wheel is fitted.
  • The temporary-use spare wheel must be inflated to 4.2 bar (60 psi, 420 kPa) and cannot be repaired.
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) must be switched on while the temporary-use spare wheel is in use.
  • Traction devices, such as snow chains, cannot be used with a temporary-use spare wheel.


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