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Infiniti QX60 Spare Tire Lowering & Removal Guide
How to lower and remove the spare tire under the cargo area of a 1st generation 2013 to 2020 Infiniti QX60 SUV.

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2020 QX60 Rear End
Spare Tire Under SUV
Open Tailgate Cargo Area
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020) Infiniti QX60 luxury SUV in lowering and removing the spare tire and wheel from under the cargo area in order to swap out a flat tire.

Owners of other Infiniti and Nissan vehicles such as the JX35, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX80, Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue, Armada, Kicks, Frontier, Titan, NV, NV200, 370Z, GT-R, Leaf, Maxima, Altima, Sentra and Versa might also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

All of the tools needed to access, lower and remove the spare tire should be included in the cargo area of the SUV.

The first step is to open the tailgate door.


Open Storage Drawer
Pull Off Access Cover
Pull Off Winch Cover
Lift up the cover for the storage compartment.

Gently pull off the plastic access panel at the rear of the storage compartment (closer to the front of the SUV).

Set the access panel aside in a safe place.

Pull off the small round plastic trim piece on the right side of the storage compartment that covers the spare tire winch bolt.

Spare Tire Change Tools
Wrench, Bar & Socket
Spare Tire Winch Socket
Pull the pouch off the floor jack.

Remove the silver socket, the long black metal bar and the lug nut wrench.

Attach the silver metal socket over the two small pegs at the end of the metal bar.

Loosen Counterclockwise
Spare Tire On Ground
Retaining Bar & Spring
Place the socket over the bolt head on the winch mechanism.

Loosen the winch in the counterclockwise direction to lower the spare tire and wheel down to the ground.

Continue loosening the winch until the cable has some slack in it.

Pull Out Retaining Bar
Re-Attach Metal Bar
Raise Spare Tire
Remove the black metal retaining bar and tensioner spring from the hole in the center of the spare wheel.

If you are just checking the spare tire's pressure, it should be inflated to 60 PSI (420 kPa) according to the owner's manual.

If you need to change a flat tire, remove the floor jack from the cargo area by loosening the retaining screw at the top of the floor jack. You may need to use the flat blade on the handle of the lug nut wrench to loosen the retaining bolt on the top of the floor jack to remove it from the cargo area. Insert the blade of the lug nut wrench into the plastic head of the retaining bolt and rotate it counterclockwise.

Slightly loosen the lug nuts on the wheel with the flat tire, carefully raise the vehicle with the floor jack, spin off the lug nuts, pull off the wheel, push on the spare tire, spin on the lug nuts by hand and tighten them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

If you have a torque wrench handy, the lug nuts should be tightening to owner's manual specification of 83 lb-ft of torque.

To replace the spare tire, slide it under the cargo area.

Re-insert the black metal retaining bar through the opening in the center of the spare wheel.

Tighten Clockwise
Replace Winch Cover
Check Tire Secure
Rotate the winch in the clockwise direction to raise the spare tire.

Continue tightening the winch until it is snug.

Double check that the spare tire is securely in place under the cargo area.

If you can rock, move or slide the spare tire and wheel, tighten the winch an extra turn or two to place some tension on the spring at the end of the cable.

Replace the small round plastic cover for the winch.

Replace the lug nut wrench, the floor jack and the access cover.

Close the cover for the storage compartment.

Please take a look at all of the 2013-2020 Infiniti QX60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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