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Mazda 3 Owners Manual: Mounting the Spare Tire

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

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


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.
  1. Mount the spare tire.
  2. Install the lug nuts with the beveled edge inward; tighten them by hand.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


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.

  1. Turn the lug wrench counterclockwise and lower the vehicle. Use the lug wrench to tighten the nuts in the order shown.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


If you are unsure of how tight the nuts should be, have them inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


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 confi guration: 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.

  1. Open the trunk/luggage compartment mat.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


  1. Remove the belt for securing the flat tire.
  2. Put the flat tire into the trunk/luggage compartment on the left and toward the back.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


  1. (Split-folding type seat) Fold the rear seatback forward on the right side of the rear seat.
  2. (Split-folding type seat) Unlock the rear seatback on the left side and assure a clearance to pass the belt.

    (One-piece folding type seat) Unlock the rear seatback and assure a clearance to pass the belt.

  3. Pass the belt through the rear seatback as shown in the figure.

    After passing the belt through, return the rear seatback to the original position.

(Split-folding type seat)

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


(One-piece folding type seat)

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


NOTE Pass the belt underneath the seatbelts.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


  1. Pass the buckle through the wheel as shown in the figure and secure it so that the buckle does not contact the wheel.

(Aluminum wheel)

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


(Steel wheel)

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


  1. Pass the belt through the buckle, then pull the belt end to secure the flat tire.

Mazda 3. Mounting the Spare Tire


  1. (Split-folding type seat) Return the rear seatback on the right side of the rear seatback to its original position.
  2. Remove the tire blocks and store the tools and jack.
  3. Check the inflation pressure. Refer to Tires on .
  4. Have the flat tire repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

NOTE Do not press the tire pressure monitoring system set switch after installing the spare tire. The switch is only to be pressed after installing the repaired flat tire or installing a replacement tire .

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 aff ect handling and result in an accident.

When you check the regular tires' air pressure, check the spare tire, too.

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

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