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Mazda 3 Owners Manual: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) monitors the air pressure of all four tires. If the air pressure of one or more tires is too low, the system warns the driver by indicating the tire pressure monitoring system warning light in the instrument cluster and operating a beep sound. The system monitors the tire pressures indirectly using the data sent from the ABS wheel speed sensors.

To allow the system to operate correctly, the system needs to be initialized with the specified tire pressure (value on the tire pressure label). Follow the procedure and perform the initialization.

Refer to Tire Pressure Monitoring System Initialization on .

The warning light flashes when the system has a malfunction.

Refer to Warning Lights on .

Mazda 3. Tire Pressure Monitoring System


CAUTION
  • Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly when cold and infl ated to the infl ation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle placard or tire infl ation pressure label. (If your vehicle has tires of a diff erent size than the size indicated on the vehicle placard or tire infl ation pressure label, you should determine the proper tire infl ation pressure for those tires.)
  • As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when one or more of your tires is signifi cantly under-infl ated. Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illuminates, you should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and infl ate them to the proper pressure. Driving on a signifi cantly under-infl ated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-infl ation also reduces fuel effi ciency and tire tread life, and may aff ect the vehicle's handling and stopping ability.
  • Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance, and it is the driver's responsibility to maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-infl ation has not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure telltale.
  • Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not operating properly.
  • The TPMS malfunction indicator is combined with the low tire pressure telltale. When the system detects a malfunction, the telltale will fl ash for approximately one minute and then remain continuously illuminated. This sequence will continue upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists. When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure as intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur for a variety of reasons, including the installation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly.

    Always check the TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function properly.

  • To avoid false readings, the system samples for a little while before indicating a problem. As a result it will not instantaneously register a rapid tire defl ation or blow out.

NOTE Because this system detects slight changes in tire conditions, the timing of the warning may be faster or slower in the following cases:

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Initialization

In the following cases, system initialization must be performed so that the system operates normally.

Initialization method

  1. Park the car in a safe place and firmly apply the parking brake.
  2. Let the tires cool, then adjust the tire pressure of all four (4) tires to the specified pressure indicated on the tire pressure label located on the driver's door frame (door open).

    Refer to Tires on .

  3. Switch the ignition ON.
  4. While the vehicle is parked, press and hold the tire pressure monitoring system set switch and verify that the tire pressure monitoring system warning light in the instrument cluster flashes twice and a beep sound is heard once.

Mazda 3. Initialization method


CAUTION If the system initialization is performed without adjusting the tire pressure, the system cannot detect the normal tire pressure and it may not illuminate the tire pressure monitoring system warning light even if a tire pressure is low, or it may illuminate the light even if the pressures are normal.

Adjust the tire pressure on all four tires and initialize the system when the warning light is turned on. If the warning light turns on for a reason other than a fl at tire, the tire pressure of all four tires may have decreased naturally.

The system initialization will not be performed if the switch is pressed while the vehicle is being driven.

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