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Mazda 3 Owners Manual: Winter Driving

Carry emergency gear, including tire chains, window scraper, flares, a small shovel, jumper cables, and a small bag of sand or salt.

Ask an Authorized Mazda Dealer to check the following:

NOTE

Snow Tires

Use snow tires on all four wheels

Do not go faster than 120 km/h (75 mph) while driving with snow tires. Inflate snow tires 30 kPa (0.3 kgf/cm 2 , 4.3 psi) more than recommended on the tire pressure label (driver's door frame), but never more than the maximum cold-tire pressure shown on the tires.

Except Mexico

The vehicle is originally equipped with all season radials designed to be used all year around. In some extreme climates you may find it necessary to replace them with snow tires during the winter months to further improve traction on snow and ice covered roads.

Mexico

The vehicle is originally equipped with summer tires designed for optimum traction on wet and dry roads. If your vehicle is to be used on snow and ice covered roads, Mazda recommends that you replace the tires originally equipped on your vehicle with snow tires during the winter months.

WARNING Use only the same size and type tires (snow, radial, or non-radial) on all four wheels: Using tires diff erent in size or type is dangerous. Your vehicle's handling could be greatly aff ected and result in an accident.

CAUTION Check local regulations before using studded tires.

Tire Chains

Check local regulations before using tire chains.

CAUTION
  • Chains may aff ect handling.
  • Do not go faster than 50 km/h (30 mph) or the chain manufacturer's recommended limit, whichever is lower.
  • Drive carefully and avoid bumps, holes, and sharp turns.
  • Avoid locked-wheel braking.
  • Do not use chains on a temporary spare tire; it may result in damage to the vehicle and to the tire.
  • Do not use chains on roads that are free of snow or ice. The tires and chains could be damaged.
  • Chains may scratch or chip aluminum wheels.

NOTE The tire pressure monitoring system may not function correctly when using tire chains.

Install the chains on the front tires only.

Do not use chains on the rear tires.

Please consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

Installing the chains

  1. If your vehicle is equipped with wheel covers remove them, otherwise the chain bands will scratch them.
  2. Secure the chains on the front tires as tightly as possible.

    Always follow the chain manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Retighten the chains after driving 1/2—1 km (1/4—1/2 mile).
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