Mazda Mazda6: Winter Driving
l Carry emergency gear, window scraper, flares, a small shovel, jumper cables, and a small bag of sand or salt.
Ask an Authorized Mazda Dealer to perform the following precautions:
- Have the proper ratio of antifreeze in the radiator.
Refer to Engine Coolant.
- Inspect the battery and its cables. Cold reduces battery capacity.
- Use only cold-weather engine oil.
- Inspect the ignition system for damage and loose connections.
- Use washer fluid made with antifreeze―but do not use engine coolant antifreeze for washer fluid.
- Do not use the parking brake in freezing weather as it may freeze.
Instead, shift to P with an automatic transaxle and to 1 or R with a manual transaxle. Block the rear wheels.
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/cm2, 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.
Your 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.
Use only the same size and type tires (snow, radial, or non-radial) on all four wheels:
Using tires different in size or type is dangerous. Your vehicle's handling could be greatly affected and result in an accident.
Check local regulations before using studded tires.
This vehicle cannot be operated with tire chains because it could cause interference with the vehicle body and scratching.
Rocking the VehicleWARNING: Do not spin the wheels at more than 56 km/h (35 mph), and do not allow anyone to stand behind a wheel when pushing the vehicle: When the vehicle is stuck, spinning the wheels at high spee ...
Driving In Flooded AreaWARNING: Dry wet brakes by driving very slowly and applying the brakes lightly until brake performance returns to normal: Driving with wet brakes is dangerous. Increased stopping distance or the v ...
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors — If Equipped
An illuminated vanity mirror is on each sun visor. To use the mirror, lower the sun visor and rotate the mirror cover upward. The lights will turn on automatically. Closing the mirror cover turns ...
Air Bag Warning Light
The light should come on and remain on for four to eight seconds as a bulb check when the ignition switch is first turned ON. If the light is not lit during starting, see your authorized dealer.