BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Changing wheels/tires

General information

When using run-flat tires or a flat tire kit, a wheel does not always need to be changed immediately when there is a loss of tire inflation pressure due to a flat tire.

If needed, the tools for changing wheels are available as accessories from a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Safety information


The vehicle jack is only provided for short-term lifting of the vehicle for wheel changes. Even if all safety measures are observed, there is a risk of the raised vehicle falling, if the vehicle jack tips over. There is a risk of injuries or danger to life. If the vehicle is raised, do not lie under the vehicle and do not start the engine.


Supports such as wooden blocks under the vehicle jack reduce the capacity of the vehicle jack to bear weight. They have the potential to exert too much strain on the vehicle jack, causing it to tip over and the vehicle to fall. There is a risk of injuries or danger to life. Do not place supports under the vehicle jack.


The jack, issued by the vehicle manufacturer, is provided in order to perform a wheel change in the event of a breakdown. The jack is not designed for frequent use; for example, changing from summer to winter tires. Using the jack frequently may cause it to become jammed or damaged. There is a risk of injury and risk of damage to property. Only use the jack to attach an emergency or spare wheel in the event of a breakdown.


On soft, uneven or slippery ground, for example snow, ice, tiles, etc., the vehicle jack can slip away. There is a risk of injury. If possible, change the wheel on a flat, solid, and slip-resistant surface.


The vehicle jack is optimized for lifting the vehicle and for the jacking points on the vehicle only. There is a risk of injury. Do not lift any other vehicle or cargo using the vehicle jack.


When the vehicle jack is not inserted into the jacking point provided for this purpose, the vehicle may be damaged or the vehicle jack may slip when it is being cranked up. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. When cranking up the vehicle jack, ensure that it is inserted in the jacking point next to the wheel housing.


A vehicle that is raised on a vehicle jack may fall off of the jack if lateral forces are exerted on it.

There is a risk of injury and risk of damage to property. While the vehicle is raised, do not exert lateral forces on the vehicle or pull abruptly on the vehicle. Have a stuck wheel removed by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.

Securing the vehicle against rolling

General information

The vehicle manufacturer recommends to additionally secure the vehicle against rolling away when changing a wheel.

On a level surface

On a level surface

Place wheel chocks or other suitable objects in front and behind the wheel that is diagonal to the wheel to be changed.

On a slight downhill gradient

On a slight downhill gradient

If you need to change a wheel on a slight downhill grade, place chocks and other suitable objects, for instance a rock, under the wheels of both the front and rear axles against the rolling direction.

Lug bolt lock


The wheel lug bolts have a special coding. The lug bolts can only be released with the adapter which matches the coding.


The adapter of the lug bolt lock is in the onboard vehicle tool kit or in a storage compartment close to the onboard vehicle tool kit.

Lug bolt lock

  • Lug bolt, arrow 1.
  • Adapter, arrow 2.


  1. Attach the adapter to the lug bolt.
  2. Unscrew the lug bolt.
  3. Remove the adapter after unscrewing the lug bolt.

Screwing on

  1. Attach the adapter to the lug bolt. If necessary, turn the adapter until it fits on the lug bolt.
  2. Screw on the lug bolt. The tightening torque is 140 Nm.
  3. Remove the adapter and stow it after screwing on the lug bolt.

Preparing the vehicle

  • Park the vehicle on solid and non-slip ground at a safe distance from traffic.
  • Switch on the hazard warning system.
  • Set the parking brake.
  • Engage a gear or move the selector lever to position P.
  • As soon as permitted by the traffic flow, have all vehicle occupants get out of the vehicle and ensure that they remain outside the immediate area in a safe place, such as behind a guardrail.
  • Depending on the vehicle equipment, get wheel change tools and, if necessary, the emergency wheel from the vehicle.
  • If necessary, set up a warning triangle or portable hazard warning light at an appropriate distance.
  • Secure the vehicle additionally against rolling.
  • Loosen the lug bolts a half turn.
  • Deactivate the air suspension level adjustment.

    Two axle self-leveling suspension

Jacking points for the vehicle jack

Jacking points for the vehicle jack

The jacking points for the vehicle jack are located at the indicated positions.


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