Changing a Tire

WARNING:
Be sure to follow the directions for changing a tire, and never get under a vehicle that is supported only by a jack: Changing a tire is dangerous if not done properly. The vehicle can slip off the jack and seriously injure someone.

Never allow anyone inside a vehicle supported by a jack:
Allowing someone to remain in a vehicle supported by a jack is dangerous. The occupant could cause the vehicle to fall resulting in serious injury.

CAUTION:
(With Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

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

- Make sure the jack is well lubricated before using it.

(With Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

- Be sure to register the tire pressure sensor ID signal code whenever tires or wheels are changed.

1. Park on a level surface off the right-ofway and firmly set the parking brake.

2. Put a vehicle with an automatic transmission in Park (P), a manual transmission in Reverse (R) or 1, and turn off the engine.

3. Turn on the hazard warning flasher.


3. Turn on the hazard warning flasher.

4. Have everyone get out of the vehicle and away from the vehicle and traffic.

5. Remove the jack, and tool.

6. Block the wheel diagonally opposite the tire to be changed. When blocking a wheel, place a tire block both in front and behind the tire.

NOTE:
When blocking a tire, use rocks or wood blocks of sufficient size if possible to hold the tire in place.

Removing a Tire

1. Loosen the lug nuts by turning them


1. Loosen the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise one turn each, but don't remove any until the tire has been raised off the ground.

2. Place the jack under the jacking


2. Place the jack under the jacking position closest to the tire being changed.

WARNING:
Use only the front and rear jacking positions recommended in this manual: Attempting to jack the vehicle in positions other than those recommended in this manual is dangerous. The vehicle could slip off the jack and seriously injure or even kill someone. Use only the front and rear jacking positions recommended in this manual.

Use only the jack provided with your Mazda:
Using a jack that is not designed for your Mazda is dangerous. The vehicle could slip off the jack and seriously injure someone.

Never place objects under the jack: Jacking the vehicle with an object under the jack is dangerous. The jack could slip and someone could be seriously injured by the jack or the falling vehicle.

3. Insert the jack handle into the jack.

4. Turn the jack handle clockwise and


4. Turn the jack handle clockwise and raise the vehicle high enough so that the tire can be installed. Before removing the lug nuts, make sure your Mazda is firmly in position and that it cannot slip or move.

5. Remove the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise, then remove the wheel.

Locking Lug Nuts

If your vehicle has optional antitheft


If your vehicle has optional antitheft wheel lug nuts, one on each wheel will lock the tires and you must use a special key to unlock them. This key is attached to the lug wrench. Register them with the lock manufacturer by filling out the card provided in the glove box and mailing it in the accompanying envelope. If you lose this key, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer or use the lock manufacturer's order form, which is with the registration card.

To remove an antitheft lug nut

1. Obtain the key for the antitheft lug nut.

2. Place the key on top of the nut, and be sure to hold the key square to it. If you hold the key at an angle, you may damage both key and nut. Don't use a power impact wrench.

3. Place the lug wrench on top of the key and apply pressure. Turn the wrench counterclockwise.

To install the nut

1. Place the key on top of the nut, and be sure to hold the key square to it. If you hold the key at an angle, you may damage both key and nut. Don't use a power impact wrench.

2. Place the lug wrench on top of the key, apply pressure, and turn it clockwise.

Mounting the Tire

1. Remove dirt and grime from the


1. Remove dirt and grime from the mounting surfaces of the wheel and hub, including the hub bolts, with a cloth.

WARNING:
Make sure the mounting surfaces of the wheel, hub and lug nuts are clean before changing or replacing tires: When changing or replacing a tire, not removing dirt and grime from the mounting surfaces of the wheel, hub and hub bolts is dangerous. The lug nuts could loosen while driving and cause the tire to come off, resulting in an accident.

2. Mount the tire.

3. Install the lug nuts with the beveled


3. Install the lug nuts with the beveled edge inward; tighten them by hand.

WARNING:
Do not apply oil or grease to lug nuts and bolts and do not tighten the lug nuts beyond the recommended tightening torque:
Applying oil or grease to lug nuts and bolts is dangerous. The lug nuts could loosen while driving and cause the tire to come off, resulting in an accident. In addition, lug nuts and bolts could be damaged if tightened more than necessary.

4. Turn the jack handle counterclockwise


4. Turn the jack handle counterclockwise and lower the vehicle. Use the lug wrench to tighten the nuts in the order If you're unsure of how tight the nuts should be, have them inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

WARNING:


WARNING:
Always securely and correctly tighten the lug nuts:
Improperly or loosely tightened lug nuts are dangerous. The wheel could wobble or come off. This could result in loss of vehicle control and cause a serious accident.

Be sure to reinstall the same nuts you removed or replace them with metric nuts of the same configuration: Because the wheel studs and lug nuts on your Mazda have metric threads, using a non-metric nut is dangerous.

On a metric stud, it would not secure the wheel and would damage the stud, which could cause the wheel to slip off and cause an accident.

5. Check the inflation pressure. Refer to the specification charts.

WARNING:
Do not drive with any tires that have incorrect air pressure:
Driving on tires with incorrect air pressure is dangerous. Tires with incorrect pressure could affect handling and result in an accident.

NOTE:
To prevent the jack and tool from rattling, store them properly.

(With Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

A tire pressure sensor is not installed to the temporary spare tire. The warning light will flash continuously while the temporary spare tire is being used.

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