Mazda Mazda6: Tires - Maintenance and Care - Mazda6 Owners ManualMazda Mazda6: Tires

For reasons of proper performance, safety, and better fuel economy, always maintain recommended tire inflation pressures and stay within the recommended load limits and weight distribution.

WARNING:

Using Different Tire Types:

Driving your vehicle with different types of tires is dangerous. It could cause poor handling and poor braking; leading to loss of control.

Except for the limited use of the temporary spare tire, use only the same type tires (radial, bias-belted, bias-type) on all four wheels.

Using Wrong-Sized Tires:

Using any other tire size than what is specified for your Mazda is dangerous. It could seriously affect ride, handling, ground clearance, tire clearance, and speedometer calibration. This could cause you to have an accident. Use only tires that are the correct size specified for your Mazda.

Tire Inflation Pressure

WARNING:

Always inflate the tires to the correct pressure:

Overinflation or underinflation of tires is dangerous. Adverse handling or unexpected tire failure could result in a serious accident.

Refer to specification charts.

Inspect all tire pressures monthly (including the spare) when the tires are cold.

Inspect all tire pressures monthly (including the spare) when the tires are cold. Maintain recommended pressures for the best ride, handling, and minimum tire wear.

Refer to the specification charts.

NOTE:

- Always check tire pressure when tires are cold.

- Warm tires normally exceed recommended pressures. Don't release air from warm tires to adjust the pressure.

- Underinflation can cause reduced fuel economy, uneven and accelerated tire wear, and poor sealing of the tire bead, which will deform the wheel and cause separation of tire from rim.

- Overinflation can produce a harsh ride, uneven and accelerated tire wear, and a greater possibility of damage from road hazards.

Keep your tire pressure at the correct levels. If one frequently needs inflating, have it inspected.

Tire Rotation

(TEMPORARY USE ONLY) spare tire in rotation. Do not include (TEMPORARY USE ONLY) spare tire in rotation.

To equalize tread wear, rotate the tires if irregular wear develops. According to the scheduled maintenance charts.Refer to Scheduled Maintenance.

During rotation, inspect them for correct balance.

Also, inspect them for uneven wear and damage. Abnormal wear is usually caused by one or a combination of the following:

- Incorrect tire pressure.

- Improper wheel alignment.

- Out-of-balance wheel.

- Severe braking.

After rotation, inflate all tire pressures to specification and inspect the lug nuts for tightness.

CAUTION:

Rotate unidirectional tires and radial tires that have an asymmetrical tread pattern or studs only from front to rear, not from side to side. Tire performance will be reduced if rotated from side to side.

Replacing a Tire

WARNING:

Always use tires that are in good condition:

Driving with worn tires is dangerous.

Reduced braking, steering, and traction could result in an accident.

CAUTION:

(With Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

When replacing/repairing the tires or wheels or both, have the work done by an Authorized Mazda Dealer, or the tire pressure sensors may be damaged.

NOTE:

(With Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

- When tires with steel wire reinforcement in the sidewalls are used, the system may not function correctly even with a genuine wheel.

Refer to System Error Activation.

- Be sure to install the tire pressure sensors whenever tires or wheels are replaced.

Refer to Tires and Wheels.

If a tire wears evenly, a wear indicator will appear as a solid band across the tread.

Replace the tire when this happens.

You should replace it before the band is across the entire tread.

You should replace it before the band is across the entire tread.

NOTE:

Tires degrade over time, even when they are not being used on the road. It is recommended that tires generally be replaced when they are 6 years or older. Heat caused by hot climates or frequent high loading conditions can accelerate the aging process. You should replace the spare tire when you replace the other road tires due to the aging of the spare tire. Regarding the manufacturing week and year is indicated with 4 digit.

Refer to The tire labeling.

Temporary Spare Tire

Inspect the temporary spare tire at least monthly to make sure it's properly inflated and stored.

NOTE:

The temporary spare tire condition gradually deteriorates even if it has not been used.

The temporary spare tire is easier to handle because of its construction which is lighter and smaller than a conventional tire. This tire should be used only for an emergency and only for a short distance.

Use the temporary spare tire only until the conventional tire is repaired, which should be as soon as possible.

Maintain its pressure at 420 kPa (4.2 kgf/cm2 or bar, 60 psi).

CAUTION:

tire rim with a snow tire or a conventional tire. Neither will properly fit and Do not use your temporary spare tire rim with a snow tire or a conventional tire. Neither will properly fit and could damage both tire and rim.

tread life of less than 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The tread life may be shorter depending The temporary spare tire has a tread life of less than 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The tread life may be shorter depending on driving conditions.

limited use, however, if the tread wear solid-band indicator appears, replace the The temporary spare tire is for limited use, however, if the tread wear solid-band indicator appears, replace the tire with the same type of temporary spare.

NOTE:

Tires degrade over time, even when they are not being used on the road. It is recommended that tires generally be replaced when they are 6 years or older. Heat caused by hot climates or frequent high loading conditions can accelerate the aging process. You should replace the spare tire when you replace the other road tires due to the aging of the spare tire. Regarding the manufacturing week and year is indicated with 4 digit.

Refer to The tire labeling.

Replacing a Wheel

WARNING:

Always use wheels of the correct size on your vehicle:

Using a wrong-sized wheel is dangerous. Braking and handling could be affected, leading to loss of control and an accident.

CAUTION:

affect: A wrong-sized wheel may adversely affect:

         Wheel and bearing Tire fit.

    life. Wheel and bearing life.

         Speedometer Ground clearance.

    calibration. Speedometer calibration.

         Bumper height. Headlight aim.

         Tire Pressure Bumper height.

    Monitoring System. Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

System). (With Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

    the tires or wheels or both, have the work done by an Authorized Mazda Dealer, or When replacing/repairing the tires or wheels or both, have the work done by an Authorized Mazda Dealer, or the tire pressure sensors may be damaged.

    on your Mazda are specially designed for installation of the tire pressure sensors. The wheels equipped on your Mazda are specially designed for installation of the tire pressure sensors. Do not use non-genuine wheels, otherwise it may not be possible to install the tire pressure sensors.

NOTE:

Be sure to install the tire pressure sensors whenever tires or wheels are replaced. Refer to Tires and Wheels.

When replacing a wheel, make sure the new one is the same as the original factory wheel in diameter, rim width, and offset.

Proper tire balancing provides the best riding comfort and helps reduce tread wear. Out-of-balance tires can cause vibration and uneven wear, such as cupping and flat spots.

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