Mazda MX-5 Owner's manual

Mazda MX-5 Owner's manual
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A Word to Mazda Owners
Thank you for choosing a Mazda. We at Mazda design and build vehicles with complete
customer satisfaction in mind.
To help ensure enjoyable and trouble-free operation of your Mazda, read this manual
carefully and follow its recommendations.
An Authorized Mazda Dealer knows your vehicle best. So when maintenance or service is
necessary, that's the place to go.
Our nationwide network of Mazda professionals is dedicated to providing you with the best
possible service.
We assure you that all of us at Mazda have an ongoing interest in your motoring pleasure
and in your full satisfaction with your Mazda product.
Mazda Motor Corporation
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN
Important Notes About This Manual
Keep this manual in the glove box as a handy reference for the safe and enjoyable use of your Mazda. Should you
resell the vehicle, leave this manual with it for the next owner.
All specifications and descriptions are accurate at the time of printing. Because improvement is a constant goal at
Mazda, we reserve the right to make changes in specifications at any time without notice and without obligation.
Event Data Recorder
This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder. In the event of a crash, this device records data related to
vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period of time. These data can help provide a better
understanding of the circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur and lead to the designing of safer
vehicles.
Air Conditioning and the Environment
Your Mazda's genuine air conditioner is filled with HFC134a (R134a), a refrigerant that has been found not to
damage the earth's ozone layer. If the air conditioner does not operate properly, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer.
Perchlorate
Certain components of this vehicle such as [air bag modules, seat belt pretensioners, lithium batteries, ...] may
contain Perchlorate Material– Special handling may apply for service or vehicle end of life disposal. See
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
Please be aware that this manual applies to all models, equipment and options. As a result, you may find
some explanations for equipment not installed on your vehicle.
©2007 Mazda Motor Corporation
Printed in Japan Aug. 2007(Print2)
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How to Use This Manual
We want to help you get the most driving
pleasure from your vehicle. Your owner's
manual, when read from cover to cover,
can do that in many ways.
NOTE
Illustrations complement the words of the
manual to best explain how to enjoy your
Mazda. By reading your manual, you can
find out about the features, important
safety information, and driving under
various road conditions.
The symbol below, located on some parts
of the vehicle, indicates that this manual
contains information related to the part.
Please refer to the manual for a detailed
explanation.
The symbol below in this manual means
“Do not do this” or “Do not let this
happen”.
Index: A good place to start is the Index,
an alphabetical listing of all information
in your manual.
You'll find several WARNINGs,
CAUTIONs, and NOTEs in the manual.
WARNING
A WARNING indicates a situation in
which serious injury or death could
result if the warning is ignored.
CAUTION
A CAUTION indicates a situation in
which bodily injury or damage to
your vehicle, or both, could result if
the caution is ignored.
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A NOTE provides information and sometimes
suggests how to make better use of your
vehicle.
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Table of Contents
Your Vehicle at a Glance
Interior, exterior views and part identification of your Mazda.
Essential Safety Equipment
Use of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, child-restraint
systems and SRS air bags.
Knowing Your Mazda
Explanation of basic operations and controls; opening/closing and adjustment
of various parts.
Before Driving Your Mazda
Important information about driving your Mazda.
Driving Your Mazda
Explanation of instruments and controls.
Interior Comfort
Use of various features for drive comfort, including air-conditioning and audio
system.
In Case of an Emergency
Helpful information on what to do in an emergency.
Maintenance and Care
How to keep your Mazda in top condition.
Customer Information and Reporting Safety Defects
Important consumer information including warranties and add-on equipment.
Specifications
Technical information about your Mazda.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
Interior, exterior views and part identification of your Mazda.
Dashboard and Interior Overview .............................................. 1-2
Exterior Overview ......................................................................... 1-4
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
Dashboard and Interior Overview
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The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
Dashboard and Interior Overview
Power door lock switch ..................................................................................... page 3-28
Outside mirror switch ........................................................................................ page 3-74
DSC OFF switch ............................................................................................... page 5-24
Passenger airbag deactivation switch ................................................................ page 2-32
Dashboard illumination ..................................................................................... page 5-38
Lighting control/Turn signals ............................................................................ page 5-54
Instrument cluster .............................................................................................. page 5-34
Air bags ............................................................................................................. page 2-28
Wiper and washer lever ..................................................................................... page 5-57
Cruise control switches ...................................................................................... page 5-19
Power retractable hardtop switches ................................................................... page 3-52
Hazard warning flasher switch .......................................................................... page 5-59
Climate control system ........................................................................................ page 6-2
Audio system ....................................................................................................... page 6-9
Parking brake ....................................................................................................... page 5-6
Power window switches .................................................................................... page 3-33
MT shift lever .................................................................................................... page 5-10
AT shift lever (Sport AT) ................................................................................... page 5-12
Accessory socket ............................................................................................... page 6-44
Ignition switch ..................................................................................................... page 5-2
Tilt wheel release lever ...................................................................................... page 3-74
Audio control switch ......................................................................................... page 6-38
Fog light switch ................................................................................................. page 5-56
Hood release handle .......................................................................................... page 3-37
Trunk release button .......................................................................................... page 3-30
Fuse box ............................................................................................................ page 8-45
Seat belt ............................................................................................................... page 2-5
Seats ..................................................................................................................... page 2-2
Sunvisor ............................................................................................................. page 6-41
Rearview mirror ................................................................................................. page 3-75
Interior light ....................................................................................................... page 6-41
Vanity mirror ...................................................................................................... page 6-41
Glove box .......................................................................................................... page 6-43
Mesh Pocket ...................................................................................................... page 6-44
Cup holder ......................................................................................................... page 6-42
Bottle Holder ..................................................................................................... page 6-42
Remote fuel-filler lid release ............................................................................. page 3-36
The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle
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Exterior Overview
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
Exterior Overview
Trunk lid ............................................................................................................ page 3-29
Rear window defroster ....................................................................................... page 5-58
Antenna ............................................................................................................... page 6-9
Doors and keys .................................................................................................. page 3-27
Outside mirror .................................................................................................... page 3-74
Tires ................................................................................................................... page 8-33
Light bulbs ......................................................................................................... page 8-37
Hood .................................................................................................................. page 3-37
Windshield wiper blades .................................................................................... page 8-28
Convertible top (Soft top) .................................................................................. page 3-39
Detachable hardtop ............................................................................................ page 3-44
Convertible top (Power retractable hardtop) ...................................................... page 3-52
Power windows ................................................................................................. page 3-33
Fuel-filler lid ...................................................................................................... page 3-36
The equipment and installation position varies by vehicle
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Essential Safety Equipment
Use of safety equipment, including seats, seat belt system, child-restraint
systems and SRS air bags.
Seats ............................................................................................... 2-2
Seats .......................................................................................... 2-2
Seat Belt Systems .......................................................................... 2-5
Seat Belt Precautions ................................................................ 2-5
Seat Belt .................................................................................... 2-9
Seat Belt Pretensioner and Load Limiting Systems ................ 2-11
Seat Belt Extender ................................................................... 2-13
Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep ................................................ 2-15
Child Restraint ............................................................................
Child Restraint Precautions .....................................................
Installing a Child-Restraint System .........................................
LATCH Child-Restraint System .............................................
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SRS Air Bags ...............................................................................
Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) Precautions ...............
Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch ..................................
Supplemental Restraint System Components .........................
How the Air Bags Work ..........................................................
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seats
Seats
WARNING
Do not modify or replace the front
seats:
Modifying or replacing the front seats
such as replacing the upholstery or
loosening any bolts is dangerous. The
front seats contain air bag
components essential to the
supplemental restraint system. Such
modifications could damage the
supplemental restraint system and
result in serious injury. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer if there is
any need to remove or reinstall the
front seats.
Do not drive with damaged front seats:
Driving with damaged front seats is
dangerous. A collision, even one not
strong enough to inflate the air bags,
could damage the front seats which
contain essential air bag
components. If there was a
subsequent collision, an air bag may
not deploy which could lead to
injuries. Always have an Authorized
Mazda Dealer inspect the front seats,
front seat belt pretensioners and air
bags after a collision.
Make sure the adjustable components
of a seat are locked in place:
Adjustable seats and seatbacks that
are not securely locked are
dangerous. In a sudden stop or
collision, the seat or seatback could
move, causing injury. Make sure the
adjustable components of the seat
are locked in place by attempting to
slide the seat forward and backward
and rocking the seatback.
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qSeat Slide
WARNING
Adjust the driver seat only when the
vehicle is stopped:
Adjusting the driver's seat while the
vehicle is moving is dangerous. The
driver could lose control of the vehicle
and have an accident.
To move a seat forward or backward, raise
the lever and slide the seat to the desired
position and release the lever.
Make sure the lever returns to its original
position and the seat is locked in place by
attempting to push it forward and
backward.
qSeat Recline
WARNING
Do not drive with the seats reclined:
Sitting in a reclined position while the
vehicle is moving is dangerous
because you don't get the full
protection from seat belts. During
sudden braking or a collision, you
can slide under the lap belt and
suffer serious internal injuries. For
maximum protection, sit well back
and upright.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seats
Always sit in a passenger seat properly
with the seatback upright and feet on
the floor:
If your vehicle is equipped with
passenger seat weight sensors,
sitting in the passenger seat
improperly out of position or with the
seatback reclined too far while the
vehicle is moving is dangerous as it
can take off weight from the seat
bottom and affect the weight
determination of the passenger
sensing system. As a result the
passenger will not have the
supplementary protection of the air
bag and seat belt pretensioner, which
could cause result in serious injury.
Always sit upright against your
seatback, with your feet on the floor.
Do not drive with the seatback
unlocked:
The seatback plays an important role
in your protection in a vehicle.
Leaving the seatback unlocked is
dangerous as it can allow passengers
to be ejected or thrown around and
baggage to strike occupants in a
sudden stop or collision, resulting in
severe injury. After adjusting the
seatback at any time, even when
there are no other passengers, rock
the seatback to make sure it is locked
in place.
To change the seatback angle, lean
forward slightly while raising the lever.
Then lean back to the desired position and
release the lever.
Make sure the lever returns to its original
position and the seatback is locked in
place by attempting to push it forward and
backward.
CAUTION
When returning a rear-reclined
seatback to its upright position,
make sure you hold onto the
seatback with your other hand while
operating the lever. If the seatback is
not supported, it will flip forward
suddenly and could cause injury.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seats
qHeight Adjustment (Driver's Seat) í
By moving the seat lever up or down, the
seat bottom height can be adjusted.
Up
Down
qSeat Warmer í
The seats are electrically heated. The
ignition switch must be in the ON
position.
Press the switch to turn the seat warmer
on or off. When the switch is in the ON
position, the indicator light will come on.
ON
OFF
NOTE
The seat temperature is regulated
automatically by a thermostat. Other than
turning it on or off, it cannot be adjusted.
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Some models.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Belt Systems
Seat Belt Precautions
Seat belts help to decrease the possibility of severe injury during accidents and sudden
stops. Mazda recommends that the driver and passenger always wear seat belts.
All of the seat belt retractors are designed to keep the lap/shoulder belts out of the way
when not in use.
The driver's seat belt has no provisions for child-restraint systems and has only an
emergency locking mode. The driver may wear it comfortably, and it will lock during a
collision.
However, the passenger's seat lap/shoulder belt retractors operate in two modes: emergency
locking mode, and for child-restraint systems, automatic locking mode.
Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for securing the LATCH childrestraint system in the passenger seat but there is no child-restraint tether available. As
there is no rear seat on this vehicle, the preferred location for children, following the
manufacturer's instructions on the LATCH child restraint-system and this owner's manual is
important (page 2-25).
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Belt Systems
WARNING
Always wear your seat belt and make sure all occupants are properly restrained:
Not wearing a seat belt is extremely dangerous. During a collision, occupants not
wearing seat belts could hit someone or things inside the vehicle or even be thrown
out of the vehicle. They could be seriously injured or even killed. In the same
collision, occupants wearing seat belts would be much safer.
Do not wear twisted seat belts:
Twisted seat belts are dangerous. In a collision, the full width of the belt is not
available to absorb the impact. This puts more force on the bones beneath the belt,
which could cause serious injury or death.
Never use one seat belt on more than one person at a time:
Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat belt
used in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers
could be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for
more than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupant
properly restrained.
Do not operate a vehicle with a damaged seat belt:
Using a damaged seat belt is dangerous. An accident could damage the belt
webbing of the seat belt in use. A damaged seat belt cannot provide adequate
protection in a collision. Have an Authorized Mazda Dealer inspect all seat belt
systems in use during an accident before they are used again.
Have your seat belts changed immediately if the pretensioner or load limiter has
been expended:
If the air bags deploy the corresponding pretensioner(s) may also deploy at the same
time. While it is safer to use a crash-used seat belt that was used in an accident than
no seat belt at all, using a seat belt with an expended pretensioner or load limiter
loaded reduces the safety available to you. Like the air bags, the seat belt
pretensioners will only function once. After they are expended, they will not function
again and must be replaced immediately. If the seat belt pretensioners are not
replaced, the risk of injury in a collision will increase. Always have an Authorized
Mazda Dealer inspect the seat belt pretensioners and air bags after any collision.
Expended seat belt pretensioners and air bags must be replaced after any collision
which caused them to deploy. Additionally, the load limiter will only limit loads on
the chest once in a collision and this is another reason to have the seat belts
inspected.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Belt Systems
CAUTION
Belt retraction may become difficult if the belts and seat belt guides are soiled, so try
to keep them clean. For more details about cleaning the seat belts, refer to “Cleaning
the Lap/Shoulder Belt Webbing” (page 8-56).
Seat belt guide
qPregnant Women and Persons with Serious Medical Conditions
Pregnant women should always wear seat belts. Ask your doctor for specific
recommendations.
The lap belt should be worn SNUGLY AND AS LOW AS POSSIBLE OVER THE HIPS.
The shoulder belt should be worn across your shoulder properly, but never across the
stomach area.
Persons with serious medical conditions also should wear seat belts. Check with your
doctor for any special instructions regarding specific medical conditions.
qEmergency Locking Mode
In the emergency locking mode, the belt remains comfortable on the occupant and the
retractor will lock in position during a collision. When the seat belt is fastened, it will
always be in the emergency locking mode until it is switched to automatic locking mode by
pulling it all the way out to its full length. If the belt feels tight and hinders comfortable
movement while the vehicle is stopped or in motion, it may be in the automatic locking
mode because the belt has been pulled too far out. To return to the belt to the more
comfortable emergency locking mode, wait until the vehicle has stopped in a safe, level
area, retract the belt fully to convert it back to emergency locking mode and then extend it
around you again.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Belt Systems
qAutomatic Locking Mode
To enable seat belt automatic locking mode, pull it all the way out and connect it as
instructed on the child-restraint system. It will retract down to the child-restraint system
and stay locked on it. If the LATCH lower anchors are not used alone for LATCH style
junior seats and infant carriers without tethers, always use the automatic locking mode to
keep the child-restraint system from shifting to an unsafe position in the event of an
accident. See the section on child restraint (page 2-17).
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Seat Belt Systems
3. Insert the tongue into the buckle until
you hear a click.
Seat Belt
WARNING
Always wear the seat belt with it
correctly routed in its guide:
Wearing a seat belt without the seat
belt routed in its guide is dangerous
because the seat belt would not be
able to provide adequate protection
in an accident, which could result in
serious injury.
Tongue
Buckle
Seat belt guide
WARNING
Positioning the Shoulder Portion of the
Seat Belt:
Improper positioning of the shoulder
portion of the seat belt is dangerous.
Always make sure the shoulder
portion of the seat belt is positioned
across your shoulder and near your
neck, but never under your arm, on
your neck, or on your upper arm.
qFastening the Seat Belt
1. Grasp the tongue.
2. Slowly pull out the lap/shoulder belt.
4. Position the lap belt as low as possible,
not on the abdominal area, then adjust
the shoulder belt so that it fits snugly
against your body.
Belt
Tongue
Keep low on
hip bone
Take up slack
Too high
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Seat Belt Systems
qSeat Belt Caution Label
WARNING
Positioning the Lap Portion of the Seat
Belt:
The lap portion of the seat belt worn
too high is dangerous. In a collision,
this would concentrate the impact
force directly on the abdominal area,
causing serious injury. Wear the lap
portion of the belt snugly and as low
as possible.
qUnfastening the Seat Belt
Depress the button on the buckle. If the
belt does not fully retract, pull it out and
check for kinks or twists. Then make sure
it remains untwisted as it retracts.
A caution label has been placed inside the
sleeve of the lap portion of the driver's
seat belt. When an accident occurs while
the seat belt is in use, the resulting stress
on the seat belt will cause an indicator
with the words “REPLACE BELT”
visible on it to be pulled out of the sleeve
below the caution label. This indicates
that THE SEAT BELT MUST BE
REPLACED.
Also note that if at any time the seat belt
has undergone stress because of an
accident or other reason, damage to the
seat belt's webbing, metal fittings, or
anchor bolt may have occurred, even
though nothing appears to be wrong with
the seat belt. For this reason we
recommend that the seat belt be replaced
after it has undergone stress, whether or
not the indicator has been pulled out.
Caution
label
Button
NOTE
If a belt does not fully retract, inspect it for
kinks and twists. If it is still not retracting
properly, have it inspected at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Belt Systems
Seat Belt Pretensioner and
Load Limiting Systems
For optimum protection, the driver and
passenger seat belts are equipped with
pretensioner and load limiting systems.
For both these systems to work properly
you must wear the seat belt properly.
Pretensioners:
In moderate or severe frontal or nearfrontal accidents, the air bag and
pretensioner systems deploy
simultaneously. The seat belt retractors
remove slack quickly as the air bags are
expanding.
In addition, the pretensioner system for
the passenger, like the passenger air bag,
is designed to only deploy in accordance
with the total seated weight on the
passenger seat (page 2-38) or when the
passenger air bag deactivation switch
turned to the ON position (page 2-32).
Any time the air bags and seat belt
pretensioners have fired they must be
replaced.
WARNING
Wear seat belts only as recommended
in this owner's manual:
Incorrect positioning of the driver and
passenger seat belts is dangerous.
Without proper positioning, the
pretensioner and load limiting
systems cannot provide adequate
protection in an accident and this
could result in serious injury. For
more details about wearing seat
belts, refer to “Fastening the seat
belts” (page 2-9).
Load limiter:
The load limiting system releases belt
webbing in a controlled manner to reduce
belt force on the occupant's chest. While
the most severe load on a seat belt occurs
in frontal collisions, the load limiter has
an automatic mechanical function and can
activate in any accident mode with
sufficient occupant movement.
Even if the pretensioners have not fired,
the load limiting function must be
checked by an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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Seat Belt Systems
Have your seat belts changed
immediately if the pretensioner or load
limiter has been expended:
If the air bags deploy the
corresponding pretensioner(s) may
also deploy at the same time. While it
is safer to use a crash-used seat belt
that was used in an accident than no
seat belt at all, using a seat belt with
an expended pretensioner or load
limiter loaded reduces the safety
available to you. Like the air bags,
the seat belt pretensioners will only
function once. After they are
expended, they will not function
again and must be replaced
immediately. If the seat belt
pretensioners are not replaced, the
risk of injury in a collision will
increase. Always have an Authorized
Mazda Dealer inspect the seat belt
pretensioners and air bags after any
collision. Expended seat belt
pretensioners and air bags must be
replaced after any collision which
caused them to deploy. Additionally,
the load limiter will only limit loads
on the chest once in a collision and
this is another reason to have the
seat belts inspected.
Do not modify the components or
wiring, or use electronic testing devices
on the pretensioner system:
Modifying the components or wiring
of the pretensioner system, including
the use of electronic testing devices is
dangerous. You could accidentally
activate it or make it inoperable
which would prevent it from
activating in an accident. The
occupants or repairers could be
seriously injured.
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Properly dispose of the pretensioner
system:
Improper disposal of the pretensioner
system or a vehicle with nondeactivated pretensioners is
dangerous. Unless all safety
procedures are followed, injury could
result. Ask an Authorized Mazda
Dealer how to safely dispose of the
pretensioner system or how to scrap
a pretensioner-equipped vehicle.
NOTE
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The pretensioner system will activate in a
moderate or greater frontal or near-frontal
collision. The pretensioner system for the
passenger is designed to only deploy in
accordance with the total seated weight on
the passenger seat. It will not activate in
most rollovers, side or rear impacts.
Some smoke (non-toxic gas) will be
released when the air bags and
pretensioners deploy. This does not indicate
a fire. This gas normally has no effect on
occupants, however, those with sensitive
skin may experience light skin irritation. If
residue from the deployment of the air bags
or the pretensioner system gets on the skin
or in the eyes, wash it off as soon as
possible.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Belt Systems
qAir Bag/Seat Belt Pretensioner
System Warning Light
If the air bag/seat belt pretensioner system
is working properly, the warning light
illuminates when the ignition switch is
turned to the ON position or after the
engine is cranked. The warning light turns
off after a specified period of time.
Seat Belt Extender
If your seat belt is not long enough, even
when fully extended, a seat belt extender
may be available to you at no charge from
your Authorized Mazda Dealer.
This extender will be only for you and for
the particular vehicle and seat. Even if it
plugs into other seat belts, it may not hold
in the critical moment of a crash.
When ordering an extender, only order
one that provides the necessary additional
length to fasten the seat belt properly.
Please contact your Authorized Mazda
Dealer for more information.
A system malfunction is indicated if the
warning light constantly flashes,
constantly illuminates or does not
illuminate at all when the ignition switch
is turned to the ON position. If any of
these occur, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer as soon as possible. The system
may not work in an accident.
WARNING
Never tamper with the air bag/
pretensioner systems and always have
an Authorized Mazda Dealer perform
all servicing and repairs:
Self-servicing or tampering with the
systems is dangerous. An air bag/
pretensioner could accidentally
activate or become disabled causing
serious injury or death.
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Seat Belt Systems
WARNING
Do not use a seat belt extender unless
it is necessary:
Using a seat belt extender when not
necessary is dangerous. The seat belt
will be too long and not fit properly.
In an accident, the seat belt will not
provide adequate protection and you
could be seriously injured. Only use
the extender when it is required to
fasten the seat belt properly.
Do not use an improper extender:
Using a seat belt extender that is for
another person or a different vehicle
or seat is dangerous. The seat belt
will not provide adequate protection
and the user could be seriously
injured in an accident. Only use the
extender provided for you and for the
particular vehicle and seat. NEVER
use the extender in a different vehicle
or seat.
Do not use an extender that is too
long:
Using an extender that is too long is
dangerous. The seat belt will not fit
properly. In an accident, the seat belt
will not provide adequate protection
and you could be seriously injured.
Do not use the extender or choose
one shorter in length if the distance
between the extender's buckle and
the center of the user's body is less
than 15cm (6 in).
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NOTE
When not in use, remove the seat belt extender
and store it in the vehicle. If the seat belt
extender is left connected, the seat belt
extender might get damaged as it will not
retract with the rest of the seat belt and can
easily fall out of the door when not in use and
be damaged. In addition, the seat belt warning
light will not illuminate and function properly.
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Seat Belt Systems
Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep
The seat belt warning light illuminates
and a beep sound will be heard if the
driver's seat belt is not fastened when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
position.
Driver seated/Passenger not seated
The belt minder is a supplemental
warning to the seat belt warning function.
If the driver's seat belt is not fastened
when the ignition switch is turned to the
ON position, the warning light/beep
operates to give you further reminders
according to the chart below.
Condition
Vehicle speed
Between 0 ― 20
20 km/h
km/h
(12 mph) or
(0 ― 12 mph)
more
Seat belt
Indicator
Conditions of operation
Condition
The driver's seat belt is not
fastened when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON
position.
The driver's seat belt is
fastened while the warning
light and the beep sound are
activated.
The driver's seat belt is
fastened before the ignition
switch is turned to the ON
position.
Beep
Result
The warning light
flashes and a beep
sound will be heard
for about 6 seconds.
The warning light
turns off and the beep
sound stops.
The warning light will
not illuminate and the
beep sound will not be
heard.
: Fastened
: Unfastened
: Illuminated
: Flashing
: Beep
Once the beep sound is heard, it continues
sounding even if the vehicle speed lowers
to 20 km/h (12 mph) or less until the
seatbelt is fastened or the beep sound
period has passed.
qBelt Minder
NOTE
The belt minder can be deactivated. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer to deactivate and
restore the seat belt minder.
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Seat Belt Systems
Driver seated/Passenger seated
The seat belt warning function reminds
the passenger to fasten the seat belt
according to the chart below.
Condition
Vehicle speed
Between 0 ― 20
20 km/h
km/h
(12 mph) or
(0 ― 12 mph)
more
Seat belt
(Driver)
Seat belt
(Passenger)
Indicator
Beep
: Fastened
: Unfastened
: Illuminated
: Flashing
: Beep
Placing heavy items on the passenger seat
may cause the passenger seat belt warning
function to operate depending on the
weight of the item.
Once the beep sound is heard, it continues
sounding even if the vehicle speed lowers
to 20 km/h (12 mph) or less until the
seatbelt is fastened or the beep sound
period has passed.
NOTE
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To allow the passenger seat weight sensor
to function properly, do not place and sit on
an additional seat cushion on the passenger
seat. The sensor may not function properly
because the additional seat cushion could
cause sensor interference.
When a small child sits on the passenger
seat, it is possible that neither the warning
light nor the warning beep operate.
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Essential Safety Equipment
Child Restraint
Child Restraint Precautions
Mazda strongly urges the use of child-restraint systems for children small enough to use
them.
You are required by law to use a child-restraint system for children in the U.S. and Canada.
Check your local and state or provincial laws for specific requirements regarding the safety
of children riding in your vehicle.
Whatever child-restraint system you consider, please pick the appropriate one for the age
and size of the child, obey the law and follow the instructions that come with the individual
child-restraint system.
A child who has outgrown child-restraint systems should use seat belts, both lap and
shoulder. If the shoulder belt crosses the neck or face, move the child closer to the center of
the vehicle .
A rear-facing child-restraint system should NEVER be used on the passenger seat with the
air bag system activated.
If a small child or infant in the passenger seat ― particularly a child secured in a rearfacing child-restraint system ― it is critically important that you consciously deactivate the
passenger air bag and not simply rely on the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light
being turned on at all times. In a collision, the force of an air bag slamming the childrestraint system rearwards could result in death to the child even if the child is properly
belted. Be alert to the operation of the indicator light and BE SURE THE PASSENGER
AIR BAG IS ALWAYS DEACTIVATED AS INDICATED BY PASSENGER AIR BAG
DEACTIVATION INDICATOR LIGHT.
Passenger air bag deactivation indicator light
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Child Restraint
To reduce the chance of injuries caused by the deployment of the passenger air bag, there
are two methods to deactivate the passenger air bag for a child's safety as follows ―
however the surest way to avoid the passenger air bag not deploying is to use the key and
turn off the passenger air bag and not rely on the passenger seat weight sensors, which will
also detect other loads or objects on and around the passenger seat;
Passenger air bag deactivation switch
This switch should be used to deactivate the passenger front and side air bags and also the
passenger seat belt pretensioner system if installing a child-restraint system is installed on
the passenger seat.
Make sure the front passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the ON position except
when a child-restraint system is installed on the front passenger seat.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch on page 2-32.
Passenger seat weight sensors
These sensors deactivate the passenger front and side air bags and also the passenger seat
belt pretensioner system when the total seated weight on the passenger seat is less than
approximately 30 kg (66 lb).
When an infant or small child is seated on the passenger seat, the system shuts off the
passenger air bag, so make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light
illuminates.
Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors on page 2-38.
LATCH Child-Restraint System
We have installed lower LATCH anchor points for LATCH style junior seats and infant
carriers that work without tethers only. Any other child-restraint system that has an upper
tether cannot be used in this vehicle because there is no tether anchor. A child-restraint
system with a tether cannot be properly mounted in this vehicle unless the child restraint
manufacturer provides instructions on mounting the child-restraint system with only seat
belts in automatic locking mode. Even then, without a tether, the child-restraint system may
move forward more easily in seat belts, further degrading the safety provided if you were to
put the child restraint in a tether anchor equipped rear seat of another vehicle. The seat and
head restraint is designed for maximum adult space utilization in this vehicle. Do not try to
secure the tether to something else in the vehicle, as too much slack will result and the
serious risk of injury or death to the child. Use the seat belts to properly secure the nontethered child-restraint systems other than the LATCH junior seats and non-tethered infant
carriers. Turn off the passenger air bag deactivation switch. To expose and use the lower
LATCH anchor points, which are affixed to the body and not the seat, slide the seat all the
way rearward which is the optimal vehicle seat position for all children in this two seat car.
WARNING
Use the correct size child-restraint system:
For effective protection in vehicle accidents and sudden stops, a child must be
properly restrained using a seat belt or child-restraint system depending on age and
size. If not, the child could be seriously injured or even killed in an accident.
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Child Restraint
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and always keep the child-restraint system
buckled down:
An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision it
could move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Make
sure any child-restraint system is properly secured in place according to the childrestraint system manufacturer's instructions. When not in use, remove it from the
vehicle or fasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchors
for LATCH child-restraint systems.
Always secure a child in a proper child-restraint system:
Holding a child in your arms while the vehicle is moving is extremely dangerous. No
matter how strong the person may be, he or she cannot hold onto a child in a
sudden stop or collision and it could result in serious injury or death to the child or
other occupants. Even in a moderate accident, the child may be exposed to air bag
forces that could result in serious injury or death to the child, or the child may be
slammed into an adult, causing injury to both child and adult.
Always make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light is illuminated
when using a rear-facing child-restraint system:
Seating a child in a rear-facing child-restraint system that is installed on the
passenger seat with the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light not
illuminated is extremely dangerous. In an accident, a air bag could inflate and cause
serious injuries or even death to the child seated in the rear-facing child-restraint
system. Always make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light is
illuminated using the key to turn the passenger air bag off.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch on page 2-32.
Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors on page 2-38.
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Child Restraint
Seating a child in a child-restraint system on the front passenger seat is dangerous:
This vehicle is equipped with both a passenger seat weight sensor and a passenger
air bag deactivation indicator light (page 2-38). Even with the passenger seat weight
sensors, seating a child in a child-restraint system on the passenger seat under the
following conditions increases the danger of the passenger air bag deploying and
could result in serious injury or death to the child. These are among the reasons why
the passenger air bag should be turned off using the key.
Ø The total seated weight of the child with the child-restraint system on the
passenger seat is approximately 30 kg (66 lb) or more with a child in the childrestraint system.
Ø Luggage or other items are placed on the seat with the child in the child-restraint
system.
Ø The seat is washed.
Ø Liquids are spilled on the seat.
Ø The passenger seat is moved backward, and it is pushed into luggage or other
items placed behind it.
Ø Luggage or other items are placed between the passenger seat and center
console.
Ø Any accessories, which might increase the total seated weight on the passenger
seat, are attached to the passenger seat.
Do not allow a child to lean over or against the side window of a vehicle with side air
bags:
Allowing anyone to lean over or against the door is dangerous. If the vehicle is
equipped with side air bags, the impact of an inflating side air bag could cause
serious injury or death to the person. Children are more likely to sleep in the vehicle;
when they do, they are more at risk in the passenger's seat that has a side air bag
because they may slump over into the path of the seatback-mounted air bag.
Furthermore, leaning over or against the doors could block the side air bag and
eliminate the advantages of supplemental protection. Because the side air bag
deploys from the outboard shoulder of the seat, do not allow the child to lean over or
against the side window, even if the child is seated in a child-restraint system.
Never use one seat belt on more than one person at a time:
Using one seat belt for more than one person at a time is dangerous. A seat belt
used in this way cannot spread the impact forces properly and the two passengers
could be crushed together and seriously injured or even killed. Never use one belt for
more than one person at a time and always operate the vehicle with each occupant
properly restrained.
Always use a child-restraint system designed for use without a tether:
Using a child-restraint system that requires a tether is dangerous. Your Mazda does
not have a child-restraint tether. The child-restraint system cannot be properly
secured. In a collision, it could move and injure other occupants as well as result in
serious injuries or death to the child.
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Child Restraint
CAUTION
A seat belt or child-restraint system can become very hot when exposed to direct
sunlight during warm weather. To avoid burning yourself or a child, check them
before you or your child touches them.
NOTE
Your Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designed LATCH
child-restraint systems behind the passenger seat that slide through the passenger seat when it is in
the fully rearward position. When using these anchors to secure a child-restraint system, refer to
“LATCH Child-Restraint Systems” (page 2-25).
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Child Restraint
Installing a ChildRestraint System
The passenger lap/shoulder belt can easily
be converted into the automatic locking
mode, which must be done to hold the
child-restraint system.
Some child-restraint systems also employ
specially designed LATCH attachments;
refer to “LATCH Child-Restraint
Systems” (page 2-25).
Follow these manufacturer's instructions
when installing a child-restraint system on
the passenger's seat, unless you are
attaching a LATCH-equipped childrestraint system to the LATCH lower
anchors. Refer to “LATCH ChildRestraint Systems” (page 2-25).
Before installing a child-restraint system,
make sure the passenger air bag
deactivation indicator light illuminated by
using the key to turn the passenger air bag
off.
Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors on
page 2-38.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation
Switch on page 2-32.
1. Make sure to remove articles from
behind the passenger seat that would
prevent the seat from sliding back fully,
and then slide the seat as far back as
possible.
NOTE
Follow the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instructions carefully. If you
are not sure whether you have a LATCH
system, check in the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instructions and follow them
accordingly. Depending on the type of childrestraint system, it may not employ seat belts
which are in automatic locking mode, however
if it uses an upper tether, it may not be
mounted properly in this vehicle as there is no
safe way to anchor the tether. Confirm whether
the child-restraint system can be used with seat
belts by reading the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instructions.
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2. Secure the child-restraint system with
the lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt.
See the instructions on the childrestraint system for belt routing
instructions.
3. To get the retractor into the automatic
locking mode, pull the shoulder belt
portion of the seat belt until the entire
length of the belt is out of the retractor.
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Child Restraint
4. Push the child-restraint system firmly
into the vehicle seat. Be sure the belt
retracts as snugly as possible. Clicking
from the retractor will be heard during
retraction if the system is in automatic
locking mode. If the belt does not lock
the seat down tight, repeat this step.
5. Make sure the passenger air bag
deactivation indicator light illuminates
by using the key to turn the passenger
air bag off after installing a childrestraint system on the passenger seat.
WARNING
Always make sure the passenger air
bag deactivation indicator light is
illuminated when using a rear-facing
child-restraint system:
Seating a child in a rear-facing childrestraint system that is installed on
the passenger seat with the
passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light not illuminated is
extremely dangerous. In an accident,
a air bag could inflate and cause
serious injuries or even death to the
child seated in the rear-facing childrestraint system. Always make sure
the passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light is illuminated using
the key to turn the passenger air bag
off.
Refer to Passenger seat weight
sensors on page 2-38.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag
Deactivation Switch on page 2-32.
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Child Restraint
NOTE
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Inspect this function before each use of the
child-restraint system. You should not be
able to pull the shoulder belt out of the
retractor while the system is in the
automatic locking mode. When you remove
the child-restraint system, be sure the belt
fully retracts to return the system to
emergency locking mode before occupants
use the seat belts.
Follow the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Depending on the type of child-restraint
system, it may not employ seat belts which
are in automatic locking mode, however if
it uses an upper tether, it may not be
mounted properly in this vehicle as there is
no safe way to anchor the tether. Confirm
whether the child-restraint system can be
used with seat belts by reading the childrestraint system manufacturer's
instructions.
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Child Restraint
LATCH Child-Restraint System
Your Mazda is equipped with LATCH lower anchors for attachment of specially designed
LATCH child-restraint systems behind the passenger seat that slide through the passenger
seat when it is in the fully rearward position. Only LATCH junior seats and infant carriers
without upper tethers can be used in this position, as there is no good place to anchor the
tether due to this vehicle's design. Both anchors must be used when installing these lower
anchor only child-restraint systems, otherwise the seat will bounce around and put the child
in danger.
WARNING
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the use of the child-restraint system:
An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision it
could move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Make
sure any child-restraint system does not rely on an upper tether and then properly
secure those non-tethered seats according to the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instructions.
Make sure the child-restraint system is properly secured:
An unsecured child-restraint system is dangerous. In a sudden stop or a collision it
could move causing serious injury or death to the child or other occupants. Follow
the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions on belt routing to secure the
seat just as you would with a child in it so that nobody is tempted to put a child in
an improperly secured seat later on. When not in use, remove it from the vehicle or
fasten it with a seat belt, or latch it down to BOTH LATCH lower anchors for LATCH
child-restraint systems.
Make sure there are no seat belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH childrestraint system:
Not following the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions when installing
the child-restraint system is dangerous. If seat belts or a foreign object prevent the
child-restraint system from being securely attached to the LATCH lower anchors and
the child-restraint system is installed improperly, the child-restraint system could
move in a sudden stop or collision causing serious injury or death to the child or
other occupants. When installing the child-restraint system, make sure there are no
seat belts or foreign objects near or around the LATCH lower anchors. Always follow
the child-restraint system manufacturer's instructions.
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Child Restraint
qLATCH Child-Restraint System
Installation Procedure
Before installing a child-restraint system,
make sure the passenger air bag
deactivation indicator light illuminated by
using the key to turn the passenger air bag
off.
Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors on
page 2-38.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation
Switch on page 2-32.
1. Make sure to remove articles from
behind the passenger seat that would
prevent the seat from sliding back fully,
and then slide the seat as far back as
possible to insert the LATCH lower
anchors between the seat bottom and
the seatback.
2. Expand the area between the seat
bottom and the seatback slightly to
verify the locations of the LATCH
lower anchors.
NOTE
The markings above the LATCH lower anchors
indicate the locations of the LATCH lower
anchors for the attachment of a child-restraint
system.
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3. Secure the child-restraint system using
BOTH LATCH lower anchors,
following the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instruction, however if
it uses an upper tether, it may not be
mounted properly in this vehicle as
there is no safe way to anchor the
tether. Confirm whether the childrestraint system can be used with seat
belts by reading the child-restraint
system manufacturer's instructions.
4. Make sure the passenger air bag
deactivation indicator light illuminates
by using the key to turn the passenger
air bag off after installing a childrestraint system on the passenger seat.
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Child Restraint
WARNING
Always make sure the passenger air
bag deactivation indicator light is
illuminated when using a rear-facing
child-restraint system:
Seating a child in a rear-facing childrestraint system that is installed on
the passenger seat with the
passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light not illuminated is
extremely dangerous. In an accident,
a air bag could inflate and cause
serious injuries or even death to the
child seated in the rear-facing childrestraint system. Always make sure
the passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light is illuminated using
the key to turn the passenger air bag
off.
Refer to Passenger seat weight
sensors on page 2-38.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag
Deactivation Switch on page 2-32.
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SRS Air Bags
Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) Precautions
The front and side supplemental restraint systems (SRS) include up to 4 air bags. Please
verify which kinds of air bags are equipped on your vehicle by locating the “SRS
AIRBAG” location indicators. These indicators are visible in the area where the air bags
are installed.
The air bags are installed in the following locations:
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The steering wheel hub (driver air bag)
The passenger dashboard (passenger air bag)
The outboard sides of the seatbacks (side air bags) í
These systems operate independently depending on the type of accident encountered; if
you have side air bags, the side air bags are not likely to deploy on both sides in the same
accident because a vehicle is not often hit from both sides. The side air bags and the frontal
air bag system will not normally deploy during the same type of accident unless a
combination of frontal and side impacts occur.
The air bag supplemental restraint systems are designed to provide supplemental protection
in certain situations, so seat belts are always important in the following ways:
Without seat belt usage, the air bags cannot provide adequate protection during an accident.
Seat belt usage is necessary to:
l Keep the occupant from being thrown into an inflating air bag.
l Reduce the possibility of injuries during an accident that is not designed for air bag
inflation, such as roll-over or rear impact.
l Reduce the possibility of injuries in frontal or side collisions that are not severe enough
to activate the air bags.
l Reduce the possibility of being thrown from your vehicle.
l Reduce the possibility of injuries to lower body and legs during an accident because the
air bags provide no protection to these parts of the body.
l Hold the driver in a position which allows better control of the vehicle.
Small children must be protected by a child-restraint system as stipulated by law in every
state and province. In certain states and provinces, larger children must use a child-restraint
system (page 2-17).
Carefully consider which child-restraint system is necessary for your child and follow the
installation directions in this Owner's Manual as well as the child-restraint system
manufacturer's instructions.
Do not use a child-restraint system which employs an upper tether because there is no
appropriate means to anchor the tether.
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SRS Air Bags
WARNING
Seat belts must be worn in air bag equipped vehicles:
Depending only on the air bags for protection during an accident is dangerous.
Alone, air bags may not prevent serious injuries. The appropriate air bags can be
expected to inflate only in the first collision with frontal, near frontal or side forces
that are at least moderate. Vehicle occupants should always wear seat belts.
Always make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light is illuminated
when using a rear-facing child-restraint system:
Seating a child in a rear-facing child-restraint system that is installed on the
passenger seat with the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light not
illuminated is extremely dangerous. In an accident, a air bag could inflate and cause
serious injuries or even death to the child seated in the rear-facing child-restraint
system. Always make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light is
illuminated using the key to turn the passenger air bag off.
Refer to Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch on page 2-32.
Refer to Passenger seat weight sensors on page 2-38.
Do not sit too close to the driver and passenger air bags:
Sitting too close to the driver and passenger air bag modules or placing hands or
feet on them is extremely dangerous. The driver and passenger air bags inflate with
great force and speed. Serious injuries could occur if someone is too close. The driver
should always hold onto only the rim of the steering wheel. The seat passenger
should keep both feet on the floor. Seat occupants should adjust their seats as far
back as possible and always sit upright against the seatbacks with seat belts worn
properly.
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Do not sit too close to a front door or lean against doors in vehicles with side air
bags:
Sitting too close to the side air bag modules or placing hands on them is extremely
dangerous. A side air bag inflates with great force and speed directly out of the
outboard shoulder of the seat and expands along the door on the side the car is hit.
Serious injury could occur if someone is sitting too close to the door or leaning
against a window in the seats. Furthermore, sleeping up against the door or hanging
out the driver's-side window while driving could block the side air bag and eliminate
the advantages of supplemental protection. Give the side air bags room to work by
sitting in the center of the seat while the vehicle is moving with seat belts worn
properly.
Do not attach objects on or around the area where driver and passenger air bags
deploy:
Attaching an object to the driver and passenger air bag modules or placing
something in front of them is dangerous. In an accident, an object could interfere
with air bag inflation and injure the occupants.
Do not attach objects on or around the area where a side air bag deploys:
Attaching things to the seat in such a way as to cover the outboard side of the seat
in any way is dangerous. In an accident the object could interfere with the side air
bag, which inflates from the outboard side of the seats, impeding the added
protection of the side air bag system or redirecting the air bag in a way that is
dangerous. Furthermore, the bag could be cut open releasing the gas.
Never use seat covers on the seats. Always keep the side air bag modules in your
seats free to deploy in the event of a side collision.
Do not place luggage or other objects under the seats:
Placing luggage or other objects under the seats is dangerous. The components
essential to the supplemental restraint system could be damaged, and in the event of
a side collision, the appropriate air bags may not deploy, which could result in death
or serious injury. To prevent damage to the components essential to the
supplemental restraint system, do not place luggage or other objects under the
seats.
Do not touch the components of the supplemental restraint system after the air bags
have inflated:
Touching the components of the supplemental restraint system after the air bags
have inflated is dangerous. Immediately after inflation, they are very hot. You could
get burned.
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Never install any front-end equipment to your vehicle:
Installation of front-end equipment, such as frontal protection bar (kangaroo bar,
bull bar, push bar, or other similar devices), snowplow, or winches, is dangerous. The
air bag crash sensor system could be affected. This could cause air bags to inflate
unexpectedly, or it could prevent the air bags from inflating during an accident.
Occupants could be seriously injured.
Do not modify the suspension:
Modifying the vehicle suspension is dangerous. If the vehicle's height or the
suspension is modified, the vehicle will be unable to accurately detect a collision
resulting in incorrect or unexpected air bag deployment and the possibility of serious
injuries.
Do not modify the supplemental restraint system:
Modifying the components or wiring of the supplemental restraint system is
dangerous. You could accidentally activate it or make it inoperable. Do not make
any modifications to the supplemental restraint system. This includes installing trim,
badges, or anything else over the air bag modules. It also includes installing extra
electrical equipment on or near system components or wiring. An Authorized Mazda
Dealer can provide the special care needed in the removal and installation of front
seats. It is important to protect the air bag wiring and connections to assure that the
bags do not accidentally deploy, the driver seat slide position sensor and front
passenger seat weight sensors are not damaged and that the seats retain an
undamaged air bag connection.
NOTE
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When an air bag deploys, a loud inflation noise can be heard and some smoke will be released.
Neither is likely to cause injury, however, the texture of the air bags may cause light skin injuries
on body parts not covered with clothing through friction.
Should you sell your Mazda, we urge you to tell the new owner of its air bag systems and that
familiarization with all instructions about them, from the Owner's Manual, is important.
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Passenger Air Bag Deactivation Switch
WARNING
Do not deactivate the passenger air bag unnecessarily:
Unnecessary deactivation of the passenger air bag is dangerous. If turned off
unnecessarily, the passenger will not receive the added protection of the air bag.
Serious injuries or even death could occur. With the exception of passengers fitting
the categories described below, do not turn the air bag deactivation switch to the
OFF position.
Your vehicle is equipped with a passenger air bag deactivation switch. The switch is
located in the position shown in the figure below. The switch must be used to deactivate
the passenger front and side air bags and also the passenger seat belt pretensioner system
when the occupant of the passenger seat fits into one of the following categories (as
described in the request form for the passenger air bag deactivation switch, the appendix B
to part 595 of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA]):
l Infants (less than one year old; for all types of restraint, but particularly the rear-facing
child restraint.)
l Children aged 1 to 12
l People with certain medical conditions which, according to his/her physician, could be
adversely affected by air-bag activation
For more government release information on air bag deactivation, contact an Authorized
Mazda Dealer for the occupant categories as described in the request form for the air bag
deactivation switch in the NHTSA rules.
The air bag deactivation switch turns off the passenger front and side air bags and the also
seat belt pretensioner system. Make sure the passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the
ON position except when a passenger fitting the previous categories occupies the front
passenger seat.
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Passenger Air Bag
Deactivation Switch
OFF position
Passenger Air Bag
Passenger Front and Side
Deactivation Indicator Light
Air Bag Operation
Passenger Seat Belt
Pretensioner System
ON
Deactivate
Deactivate
OFF
Ready
Ready
ON position
When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light comes on for a specified period of time.
If the passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the OFF position, the indicator light
remains on to warn that the passenger front and side air bags and also the seat belt
pretensioner system have been deactivated.
In addition to using the key to deactivate the passenger front and side air bags and the also
seat belt pretensioner system, the passenger front and side air bags and the also seat belt
pretensioner system is also deactivated and the passenger air bag deactivation indicator
light is illuminated automatically when the total seated weight on the passenger seat is less
than 30 kg (66 lb).
NOTE
Have the passenger air bag deactivation switch inspected by an Authorized Mazda Dealer if any of
these conditions occur:
l The indicator light does not illuminate for a specified period of time when the ignition switch is
turned to the ON position.
l The indicator light does not remain on when the ignition switch is in the ON position and the
passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the OFF position.
l The indicator remains on when the ignition switch is in the ON position and the passenger air bag
deactivation switch is in the ON position.
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qTo Deactivate the Passenger Air Bag
Before driving, always confirm that the passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the
appropriate position according to your requirements (page 2-32).
WARNING
Do not leave the key in the passenger air bag deactivation switch:
Unintentional deactivation of the passenger air bag is dangerous. In an accident, the
passenger will not be properly protected. Serious injuries or even death could occur.
To avoid unintentional deactivation, always use the same key to operate the
passenger air bag deactivation switch and the ignition switch, that way you will not
leave the key in the passenger air bag deactivation switch.
1. Insert the key into the passenger air bag deactivation switch and turn the key clockwise
until the key points to OFF.
2. Remove the key.
3. Make sure the air bag deactivation indicator light remains illuminated when the ignition
is in the ON position.
The passenger front and side air bags and also the seat belt pretensioner system will remain
deactivated until the passenger air bag deactivation switch is turned to the ON position.
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qTo Ready the Passenger Air Bag
Before driving, always confirm that the passenger air bag deactivation switch is in the
appropriate position according to your requirements (page 2-32).
1. Insert the key into the passenger air bag deactivation switch and turn the key
counterclockwise until the key points to ON.
2. Remove the key.
3. Make sure the air bag deactivation indicator light turns off after the ignition switch is
turned to the ON position.
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Supplemental Restraint System Components
The supplemental restraint systems (SRS) have two basic subsystems:
l The air bag system with inflators and air bags.
l The electrical system with crash sensors and diagnostic module.
The air bags are mounted in the following locations:
l The steering wheel hub
l The passenger dashboard
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l The outboard sides of the seatbacks
The air bags are out of sight until activated.
qFront Air Bag System Components
(1)
(9)
(8)
(2)
(5)
(3)
(7)
(4)
(6)
(5)
(1) Front dual stage inflators and air bags
(2) Front crash sensor
(3) Passenger air bag deactivation indicator light (page 2-38)
(4) Crash sensor and diagnostic module (SAS unit)
(5) Seat belt pretensioner and load limiting systems (page 2-11)
(6) Passenger seat weight sensors (page 2-38)
(7) Driver and passenger seat belt buckle switches (page 2-38)
(8) Driver seat slide position sensor (page 2-38)
(9) Seats
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qSide Air Bag System Components í
(4)
(1)
(3)
(2)
(1) Crash sensor and diagnostic module (SAS unit)
(2) Side crash sensors
(3) Side inflators and air bags
(4) Seats
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How the Air Bags Work
qHow the Front Air Bags Work
When air bag crash sensors detect a frontal impact of greater than moderate force, an
electrical current is sent to the inflators.
Gases are produced to inflate the front air bags and after the inflation, the front air bags
quickly deflate.
The front air bags will function only once. After that, the front air bags will not work
again and must be replaced.
Only an Authorized Mazda Dealer can replace the system components.
The front, dual stage air bags control air bag inflation in two energy stages. During an
impact of moderate severity the front air bags deploy with lesser energy, whereas during
more severe impacts, they deploy with more energy. Deployment of the front air bags may
differ between the driver and the front passenger depending on the driver seat position,
front passenger weight and front seat belt usage, all of which provide data from each sensor
to the air bag system.
The front air bags will deploy only
in a frontal or frontal offset impact.
Driver seat slide position sensor
Your vehicle is equipped with a driver seat slide position sensor as a part of the
supplemental restraint system. The sensor is located under the driver seat. The sensor
determines whether the driver seat is fore or aft of a reference position and sends the seat
position to the diagnostic module (SAS unit). The sensor is also designed to control the
deployment of the driver air bag depending on how close the driver seat is to the steering
wheel.
The air bag/seat belt pretensioner system warning light flashes if the sensor has a possible
malfunction (page 2-45).
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Passenger seat weight sensors
Your vehicle is also equipped with the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light. The
deactivation indicator light illuminates when the key is used to turn the passenger air bag
off or the automatic function operates based on the passenger seat weight sensors. These
sensors are located under both of the passenger seat rails. These sensors determine the total
seated weight on the passenger seat. The SAS unit is designed to prevent the passenger
front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system from deploying if the total seated
weight is less than approximately 30 kg (66 lb).
To reduce the chance of injuries caused by deployment of the passenger air bag, the system
deactivates the passenger front and side air bags and also the seat belt pretensioner system
when:
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There is no passenger in the passenger seat. (The passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light does not illuminate.)
The total seated weight on the passenger seat is less than approximately 30 kg (66 lb).
(The passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates.)
This system shuts off the passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner
system, so make sure the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates
according to the following table.
The air bag/seat belt pretensioner system warning light flashes and the passenger air bag
deactivation indicator light illuminates if the sensors have a possible malfunction. If this
happens, the passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system will not
deploy.
Passenger air bag deactivation indicator light
This indicator light illuminates to remind you that the passenger front and side air bags and
seat belt pretensioner will not deploy during a collision.
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If the passenger weight sensors are working properly, the indicator light illuminates when
the ignition switch is turned to the ON position. After a specified period of time it goes out.
The passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates or is off under the following conditions:
Total seated weight on the
Passenger air bag
Passenger front and side
passenger seat
deactivation indicator light
air bags
OFF
OFF
Empty (Not occupied)*
Less than approx. 30 kg
ON
OFF
(66 lb)
Approx. 42 kg (93 lb) or
OFF
ON
more
Passenger seat belt
pretensioner system
OFF
OFF
ON
If the passenger air bag has been deactivated using the key, the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light will
remain illuminated as long you leave the passenger air bag turned off, and the chart above no longer applies.
Refer to Passenger air bag deactivation switch on page 2-32.
* If the passenger seat belt is buckled, the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light illuminates, however this
does not indicate a malfunction.
If the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light does not illuminate when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON position and does not illuminate as indicated in the above chart,
do not allow a child to sit in the passenger seat and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as
soon as possible. The system may not work properly in an accident. You must deactivate
the passenger air bag using the key (page 2-32) and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
WARNING
Do not decrease the total seated weight on the front passenger seat:
When an adult or large child sits on the passenger seat, decreasing the total seated
weight on the passenger seat from the total seated weight of approximately 42 kg
(93 lb) required for air bag deployment is dangerous. The passenger seat weight
sensors will detect the reduced total seated weight condition and the passenger front
and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system will not deploy during an
accident. The passenger will not have the supplementary protection of the air bag,
which could result in serious injury. Decreasing the total seated weight on the
passenger seat from the total seated weight of approximately 42 kg (93 lb) could
result in an air bag not deploying under the following conditions, for example:
Ø Luggage or other items placed under the passenger seat or between the passenger
seat and center console that push up the passenger seat bottom.
Ø The passenger seat occupant sits in a manner such that the occupant's entire
weight is not placed on the seat sitting too close to the door.
Ø Any accessories which might decrease the total seated weight on the passenger
seat are attached to the passenger seat.
The passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner systems will
deactivate if the total seated weight on the passenger seat is close to 30 kg (66 lb)
and they will reactivate before the weight exceeds 42 kg (93 lb).
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Do not increase the total seated weight on the front passenger seat:
When an infant or small child sits on the passenger seat, increasing the total seated
weight on the passenger seat from the total seated weight of approximately 30 kg
(66 lb) is dangerous. The passenger seat weight sensors will detect the increased
total seated weight, which could result in the unexpected deployment of the
passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system in an accident
and may cause serious injury. Increasing the total seated weight on the passenger
seat beyond the total seated weight of approximately 30 kg (66 lb) could result in
the passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner system deployment
in an accident under the following conditions, for example:
Ø The total seated weight of the child with the child-restraint system on the
passenger seat is approximately 30 kg (66 lb) or more.
Ø Luggage or other items are placed on the seat with the child in the child-restraint
system.
Ø The seat is washed.
Ø Liquids are spilled on the seat.
Ø The passenger seat is moved backward, and it is pushed into luggage or other
items placed behind it.
Ø Luggage or other items are placed between the passenger seat and center
console.
Ø Any accessories which might increase the total seated weight on the passenger
seat are attached to the passenger seat.
The passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner systems will
deactivate if the total seated weight on the passenger seat is less than approximately
30 kg (66 lb) and they will reactivate when the weight exceeds approximately 42 kg
(93 lb).
CAUTION
Ø To assure proper deployment of the front air bag and to prevent damage to the
sensors in the seat bottoms:
Ø Do not place sharp objects on the seat bottoms or leave heavy luggage on
them.
Ø Do not spill any liquids on the seats or under the seats.
Ø To allow the sensors to function properly, always perform the following:
Ø Adjust the seats as far back as possible and always sit upright against the
seatbacks with seat belts worn properly.
Ø If you place your child on the passenger seat, secure the child-restraint system
properly and slide the passenger seat as far back as possible.
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The system requires about 10 seconds to alternate between turning the passenger front and side
air bags and seat belt pretensioner system on or off.
The passenger air bag deactivation indicator light may illuminate repeatedly if luggage or other
items are put on the passenger seat, or if the temperature of the vehicle's interior changes
suddenly.
The passenger air bag deactivation indicator light may illuminate for 10 seconds if the total
seated weight on the passenger seat changes.
You must deactivate the passenger air bag using the key (page 2-32) and consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
Driver and passenger buckle switches
The buckle switches on the seat belts detect whether or not the seat belts are securely
fastened and further control the deployment of the air bags.
qHow the Side Air Bags Work í
When air bag crash sensors detect a side impact of greater than moderate force, an
electrical current is sent to the inflators.
Gases are produced to inflate the side air bags and after the inflation, the side air bags
quickly deflate. However, the side air bag system for the passenger is designed to only
deploy in accordance with the total seated weight on the passenger seat.
The side air bags will function only once. After that, the side air bags will not work again
and must be replaced. Only an Authorized Mazda Dealer can replace the systems.
The side air bag will deploy only on the
side the vehicle receives the force of the
impact.
qAir Bag Activation/Deactivation
NOTE
If the passenger seat weight sensors detect a total seated weight on the passenger seat is less than
approximately 42 kg (93 lb), the passenger front and side air bags and seat belt pretensioner may not
deploy (page 2-38).
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Front air bag activation
The front air bags will inflate if the
severity of impact is above the designed
threshold level.
l Hitting a solid wall straight on at
greater than about 22 km/h (14 mph).
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Driving into a big hole or hitting the far
side of a hole.
Limitations to front air bag activation
l
Hitting a curb, pavement edge or hard
object.
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Landing hard or the vehicle falling.
Depending on the severity of impact, the
front air bags may not inflate in the
following cases:
l Impacts involving trees or poles cause
severe cosmetic damage but may not
have enough stopping force to activate
the air bag.
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Frontal offset impact to the vehicle
may not provide the stopping force
necessary for air bag deployment.
Frontal impact within about a 30
degree range from head-on to the
vehicle.
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l
Rear-ending or running under a truck's
tail gate may not provide the stopping
force necessary for air bag deployment.
Non-activation of front air bags
Front air bags will not normally inflate in
the following cases:
l Collision from the rear.
Side air bag activation í
The severity of impact above the designed
threshold level to one side of the vehicle
(driver or passenger side areas) will cause
a side air bag on that side to inflate, but it
will not normally deploy the front air
bags.
Limitations to side air bag activation í
Depending on the severity of impact, a
side air bag may not inflate in the
following cases:
l Frontal offset impact may not provide
enough side impact to deploy the side
air bags.
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Impact to the side, but it may deploy
the side air bags.
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Vehicle roll-over, may deploy the side
air bags but not the front air bags.
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can cause severe cosmetic damage but
may not have enough impact force to
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Vehicle roll-over may not provide
enough side force to deploy the side air
bags.
qConstant Monitoring
The following components of the air bag
systems are monitored by a diagnostic
system:
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Side impacts with two-wheeled
vehicles may not provide enough force
to deploy the side air bags.
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Non-activation of side air bag í
A side air bag will not normally inflate in
the following cases:
l Collision from the rear.
SAS unit
Crash sensor
Air bag modules
Side crash sensors í
Air bag/Seat belt pretensioner system
warning light
Seat belt pretensioners
Related wiring
Front passenger air bag deactivation
switch
Driver seat slide position sensor
Front passenger seat weight sensors
Driver and front passenger seat belt
buckle switches
The diagnostic module continuously
monitors the system's readiness. This
begins when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position and continues while
the vehicle is being driven.
qAir Bag/Seat Belt Pretensioner
System Warning Light
l
Collision from the front, but it may
deploy the front air bags.
If the air bag/seat belt pretensioner system
is working properly, the warning light
illuminates when the ignition switch is
turned to the ON position or after the
engine is cranked. The warning light turns
off after a specified period of time.
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A system malfunction is indicated if the
warning light constantly flashes,
constantly illuminates or does not
illuminate at all when the ignition switch
is turned to the ON position. If any of
these occur, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer as soon as possible. The system
may not work in an accident.
WARNING
Never tamper with the air bag/
pretensioner systems and always have
an Authorized Mazda Dealer perform
all servicing and repairs:
Self-servicing or tampering with the
systems is dangerous. An air bag/
pretensioner could accidentally
activate or become disabled causing
serious injury or death.
qMaintenance
The air bag systems do not require regular
maintenance. But if any of the following
occurs, take your vehicle to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible:
l The air bag system warning light
flashes.
l The air bag system warning light
remains illuminated.
l The air bag system warning light does
not illuminate when the ignition switch
is turned to the ON position.
l The air bags have deployed.
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Passenger air bag deactivation
indicator light does not illuminate
when the ignition switch is turned to
the ON position or does not illuminate
as indicated in the chart or when you
manually deactivate the passenger air
bag with the key.
For more details about passenger air
bag deactivation, refer to:
Passenger seat weight sensors (page
2-38)
Passenger air bag deactivation
switch (page 2-32)
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WARNING
Do not operate a vehicle with damaged
air bag/seat belt pretensioner system
components:
Expended or damaged air bag/seat
belt pretensioner system components
must be replaced after any collision
which caused them to deploy or
damage them. Only a trained
Authorized Mazda Dealer can fully
evaluate these systems to see that
they will work in any subsequent
accident. Driving with an expended
or damaged air bag or pretensioner
unit will not afford you the necessary
protection in the event of any
subsequent accident which could
result in serious injury or death.
NOTE
If it becomes necessary to have the components
or wiring system for the supplementary
restraint system modified to accommodate a
person with certain medical conditions in
accordance with a certified physician, contact
an Authorized Mazda Dealer, refer to
“Customer Assistance (U.S.A.)” (page 9-2).
Do not remove interior air bag parts:
Removing any components such as
the seats, dashboard, the steering
wheel or parts containing air bag
parts or sensors is dangerous. These
parts contain essential air bag
components. The air bag could
accidentally activate and cause
serious injuries. Always have an
Authorized Mazda Dealer remove
these parts.
Dispose of the air bag properly:
Improper disposal of an air bag or a
vehicle with live air bags in it can be
extremely dangerous. Unless all
safety procedures are followed, injury
can result. Ask an Authorized Mazda
Dealer how to safely dispose of an air
bag or how to scrap an air bag
equipped vehicle.
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Knowing Your Mazda
Explanation of basic operations and controls; opening/closing and adjustment
of various parts.
Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System ................................ 3-2
Advanced Keys í ...................................................................... 3-2
Operation Using Advanced Keyless Functions ......................... 3-7
Operation Using Advanced Key Functions ............................. 3-14
Advanced Key Suspend Function ........................................... 3-16
Warning and Beep Sounds ...................................................... 3-17
Setting Change (Function Customization) .............................. 3-19
When Warning Indicator/Beep is Activated ............................ 3-20
Doors and Locks .........................................................................
Keys (without Advanced Key) ................................................
Keyless Entry System (with Retractable Type Key) í ............
Door Locks .............................................................................
Trunk Lid ................................................................................
Inside Trunk Release Lever .....................................................
Power Windows ......................................................................
Fuel-Filler Lid and Cap ...........................................................
Hood .......................................................................................
Convertible Top (Soft Top) í ..................................................
Detachable Hardtop í ..............................................................
Convertible Top (Power Retractable Hardtop) í .....................
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3-29
3-32
3-33
3-36
3-37
3-39
3-44
3-52
Security System ...........................................................................
Immobilizer System (with Advanced Key) .............................
Immobilizer System (without Advanced Key) ........................
Theft-Deterrent System í ........................................................
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Steering Wheel and Mirrors ...................................................... 3-74
Steering Wheel ........................................................................ 3-74
Mirrors .................................................................................... 3-74
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The advanced keyless functions (advanced keyless entry and start system) enables the
following operations while the advanced key is being carried (page 3-7).
l Locking/unlocking the doors, and opening the trunk lid, without operating the key.
l Starting the engine without operating the key.
The advanced key enables additional functions other than those with the advanced keyless
functions (page 3-14).
l The following operations are possible using the transmitter of the keyless entry system
from a distance (Lock/Unlock/Trunk/Panic button):
Locking/unlocking the doors.
Opening the trunk lid.
Opening the power windows.
Turning on the alarm.
l Locking/unlocking the doors, opening the trunk lid, or starting the engine using the
auxiliary key.
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WARNING
Do not leave the keys in your vehicle with children and keep them in a place where
your children will not find or play with them:
Leaving children in a vehicle with the key is dangerous. This could result in someone
being badly injured or even killed. These new kinds of keys are fascinating to
children. They could play with power windows or other controls, or even make the
vehicle move.
Radio waves from the advanced key may affect medical equipment such as
pacemakers:
Before using the advanced key near people who use medical equipment, ask the
medical equipment manufacturer or your physician if radio waves from the
advanced key will affect the equipment.
NOTE
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The driver must carry the advanced key to ensure the system functions properly.
Refer to Immobilizer System (page 3-67) for information regarding keys and engine starting.
(With theft-deterrent system)
Refer to Theft-Deterrent System (page 3-72) for information regarding keys and the prevention of
vehicle and vehicle contents theft.
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Panic button
Trunk button
Lock button
Auxiliary key
Unlock button
Operation indicator light
Key code number plate
A code number is stamped on the plate attached to the key set; detach this plate and store it
in a safe place (not in the vehicle) for use if you need to make a replacement key.
Also write down the code number and keep it in another safe and handy place, but not in
the vehicle.
If your key is lost, consult your Authorized Mazda Dealer with the code number ready.
CAUTION
Ø Because the advanced key uses low-intensity radio waves, it may not function
correctly under the following conditions:
Ø The advanced key is carried with communication devices such as cellular
phones.
Ø The advanced key contacts or is covered by a metal object.
Ø The advanced key is near electronic devices such as personal computers.
Ø Non-Mazda genuine electronic equipment is installed in the vehicle.
Ø There is equipment which discharges radio waves near the vehicle.
Ø If the vehicle is near equipment such as wireless pay devices installed at certain
gas stations.
Ø The advanced key may consume battery power excessively if it receives highintensity radio waves. Do not place the advanced key near electronic devices such
as televisions or personal computers.
Ø To avoid damage to the advanced key, DO NOT:
Ø Drop the advanced key.
Ø Get the advanced key wet.
Ø Disassemble the advanced key.
Ø Expose the advanced key to high temperatures on places such as the
dashboard or hood, under direct sunlight.
Ø Place heavy objects on the advanced key.
Ø Put the advanced key in an ultrasonic cleaner.
Ø Put any magnetized objects close to the advanced key.
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NOTE
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Battery life is about one year. Replace the battery when the KEY indicator light (green) flashes in
the instrument cluster.
Refer to Advanced Key Battery Dead Warning on page 3-18.
Additional advanced keys can be obtained at an Authorized Mazda Dealer. Up to 6 advanced keys
can be used with the advanced keyless functions per vehicle.
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qAdvanced Key Maintenance
CAUTION
Ø Make sure the battery is installed
with the correct pole facing
upward. Battery leakage could
occur if it is not installed correctly.
Ø When replacing the battery, be
careful not to bend the electrical
terminals or get oil on them. Also
be careful not to get dirt in the
transmitter as it could be
damaged.
Ø There is the danger of explosion if
the battery is not correctly
replaced.
Ø Replace only with the same type
battery (CR2025 or equivalent).
Ø Dispose of used batteries
according to the following
instructions.
Ø Insulate the plus and minus
terminals of the battery using
cellophane or equivalent tape.
Ø Never disassemble.
Ø Never throw the battery into
fire or water.
Ø Never deform or crush.
The following conditions indicate that the
battery power is low:
l The KEY indicator light (green) flashes
in the instrument cluster when the
engine is turned off.
l The system does not operate and the
operation indicator light on the
transmitter does not flash when the
buttons are pressed.
l The system's operational range is
reduced.
Replacing the battery at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer is recommended to prevent
damage to the advanced key. If replacing
the battery by yourself, follow the
instruction below.
Replacing the advanced key battery
1. Pull out the auxiliary key.
2. Release the cap using a flathead
screwdriver, then rotate and remove the
cap.
Cap
CAUTION
Do not turn the cap excessively. The
cap may be damaged.
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qService
3. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the
crack and press the battery out.
If you have a problem with the advanced
keyless functions, consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
If your advanced key is lost or stolen,
bring all remaining advanced keys to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as
possible for a replacement and to make
the lost or stolen advanced key
inoperative.
CAUTION
4. Insert the new battery (CR2025 or
equivalent) with the positive pole (
facing the ( ) mark on the cap.
5. Rotate and close the cap.
Cap
6. Reinsert the auxiliary key.
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Radio equipment like this is governed
by laws in the United States.
Changes or modifications not
expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void
the user's authority to operate the
equipment.
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Keyless Functions
qOperational Range
Opening the trunk lid
The operational range for opening the
trunk lid is an area of up to 80 cm (2.6 ft)
from the center of the trunk lid.
The system operates only when the driver
is in the vehicle or within operational
range while the advanced key is being
carried.
Exterior transmitter
NOTE
When the battery power is low, or in places
where there are high-intensity radio waves or
noise, the operational range may become
narrower or the system may not operate.
Operational range
Locking, unlocking the doors
The operational range for locking/
unlocking the doors is an area of up to 80
cm (2.6 ft) from the center of the door
handles.
Exterior transmitter
Operational range
Starting the engine
The operational range for starting the
engine includes nearly the entire cabin
area.
Interior transmitter
Operational range
NOTE
The system may not operate if you are too
close to the windows, door handles.
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NOTE
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The trunk is out of the operational range,
however, starting the engine may be
possible.
The engine may not start if the advanced
key is placed in the following areas:
Around the dashboard
In the storage compartments such as the
glove box
On the rear parcel shelf
Starting the engine may be possible even if
the advanced key is outside of the vehicle
and extremely close to a door and window,
however, always start the engine from the
driver's seat.
If the vehicle is started and the advanced
key is not in the vehicle, the vehicle will not
restart after it is shut off and the ignition
switch is turned to the lock position.
If the advanced key is detected within
operational range, the operation indicator
light located in the instrument cluster
flashes momentarily.
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qLocking, Unlocking the Doors
with Request Switch
Both doors can be locked/unlocked by
pressing the request switch on a door
while the advanced key is being carried.
Request switch
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To lock
To lock the doors, press the request
switch. A beep sound will be heard once
and the hazard warning lights will flash
once.
To unlock
Driver's door request switch
To unlock the driver's door, press the
request switch. A beep sound will be
heard twice and the hazard warning lights
will flash twice.
To unlock both doors , press the request
switch again within 3 seconds and two
more beep sounds will be heard.
NOTE
(Without theft-deterrent system)
The hazard warning lights will flash twice to
indicate that the doors are unlocked.
(With theft-deterrent system)
l The hazard warning lights will not flash.
l The hazard warning lights only flash when
the theft deterrent system is armed or
turned off, refer to the theft-deterrent
system (page 3-72).
Passenger door request switch
To unlock the doors, press the request
switch. A beep sound will be heard twice
and the hazard warning lights will flash
twice.
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NOTE
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Confirm that both doors are securely
locked.
Both doors cannot be locked when any
door is open.
A beep sound is heard for confirmation
when the doors are locked/unlocked using
the request switch. If your prefer, the beep
sound can be turned off (page 3-19).
The setting can be changed so that the
doors are locked automatically without
pressing the request switch (page 3-19).
(Auto-lock function)
A beep sound is heard when both doors are
closed while the advanced key is being
carried. Both doors are locked
automatically after about 3 seconds when
the advanced key is out of the operational
range. Also, the hazard warning lights flash
once. (Even if the driver is in the
operational range, both doors are locked
automatically after about 30 seconds.)
If you are out of the operational range
before the doors are completely closed or
another advanced key is left in the vehicle,
the auto-lock function will not work.
Always make sure that both doors are
closed and locked before leaving the
vehicle.
(Auto re-lock function)
After unlocking doors by pressing the
request switch, both doors will
automatically lock and the hazard warning
light will flash if any of the following
operations are not performed within about
30 seconds.
A door is opened.
The auxiliary key is inserted into the
ignition switch.
The start knob is pushed.
qOpening the Trunk Lid with
Request Switch
The trunk lid can be opened by pressing
the request switch on the under side of the
trunk lid above the license plate while the
advanced key is being carried.
Request switch
NOTE
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If the advanced key is left in the trunk, the
trunk lid will close, however, the trunk lid
can be opened using the request switch and
the vehicle could be stolen.
(With power retractable hardtop)
The trunk lid can only be opened when the
power retractable hardtop is fully opened/
closed. Open/close the power retractable
hardtop completely before opening the
trunk lid.
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qStarting the Engine
WARNING
Ignition switch positions
Without a traditional key, some of the
ignition switch functions are different.
Start knob
LOCK (Released)
The steering wheel locks to help protect
against theft.
LOCK (Depressed)
The ignition switch can be turned to the
ACC position when the KEY indicator
light (green) illuminates in the instrument
cluster.
Before leaving the driver's seat, always
put the key to LOCK position, set the
parking brake and make sure the shift
lever is in P with an automatic
transmission or in 1 or R with a manual
transmission:
Intentionally placing the key into
LOCK position is much more
important where you will not be
removing the key to leave the vehicle
and because leaving it in other
positions will disable some of the
vehicle security systems and run the
battery down.
Leaving the driver's seat without
putting the ignition switch in LOCK
position, setting the parking brake
and the shift lever is in P with an
automatic transmission or in 1 or R
with a manual transmission is
dangerous. Unexpected vehicle
movement could occur. This could
cause an accident.
NOTE
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If turning the ignition switch is difficult,
jiggle the steering wheel from side to side.
(Automatic transmission)
The ignition switch cannot be turned from
the ACC position to the LOCK position
when the shift lever is not in P.
ACC (Accessory)
The steering wheel unlocks and some
electrical accessories will operate.
NOTE
The Advanced Keyless Entry System does not
function in the ACC position, and the doors
will not lock/unlock using the transmitter or
request switches even if the advanced key is
carried away from the vehicle.
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ON
This is the normal running position after
the engine is started. The warning lights
(except brakes) should be inspected
before the engine is started (page 5-39).
Starting the engine
NOTE
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NOTE
When the ignition switch is turned to the ON
position, the sound of the fuel pump motor
operating near the fuel tank can be heard. This
does not indicate an abnormality.
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START
The engine is started in this position. It
will crank until you release the start knob;
then it returns to the ON position. The
brake warning light can be checked after
the engine is started (page 5-39).
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Engine-starting is controlled by the spark
ignition system.
This system meets all Canadian
Interference-Causing Equipment Standard
requirements regulating the impulse
electrical field strength of radio noise.
The advanced key must be carried because
the advanced key carries an immobilizer
chip that must communicate with the engine
controls at short range.
When starting the engine, be sure the start
knob is securely attached before trying to
operate it. If the knob becomes detached
from the ignition switch, re-attach it by
pushing it on to the ignition switch.
1. Make sure the advanced key is being
carried.
2. Occupants should fasten their seat
belts.
3. Make sure the parking brake is on.
4. Depress the brake pedal.
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5. (Manual transmission)
Depress the clutch pedal all the way
and shift into neutral.
Keep the clutch pedal depressed while
cranking the engine.
(Automatic transmission)
Put the vehicle in park (P). If you must
restart the engine while the vehicle is
moving, shift into neutral (N).
7. Verify that the KEY indicator light
(green) illuminates in the instrument
cluster. The KEY warning light (red)
means you cannot continue to start the
engine using the Advanced Keyless
System. You may have to use the
auxiliary key instead (page 3-20).
NOTE
(Manual transmission)
The starter will not operate if the clutch pedal
is not depressed all the way.
(Automatic transmission)
The starter will not operate if the shift lever is
not in P or N.
6. Push the start knob slowly all the way
in.
NOTE
In the following cases, the KEY warning light
(red) illuminates and the engine will not start.
l The advanced key battery is dead.
l The advanced key is out of operational
range.
l The advanced key is placed in areas where
it is difficult for the system to detect the
signal (page 3-7).
l A key from another manufacturer similar to
the advanced key is in the operational
range.
8. Turn the ignition switch to the ACC
position while pushing the start knob
in.
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9. Turn the ignition switch from the ACC
position to the START position and
hold (up to 10 seconds at a time) until
the engine starts.
CAUTION
Don't try the starter for more than 10
seconds at a time. If the engine stalls
or fails to start, wait 10 seconds
before trying again. Otherwise, you
may damage the starter and drain
the battery.
CAUTION
When leaving the vehicle, make sure
the ignition switch is turned to the
LOCK position.
NOTE
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10. After starting the engine, let it idle for
about 10 seconds.
NOTE
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In extremely cold weather, below _18° C
(0° F), or after the vehicle has not been
driven in several days, let the engine warm
up without operating the accelerator.
Whether the engine is cold or warm, it
should be started without use of the
accelerator.
l
When turning the ignition switch to the
LOCK position, the ignition switch has to
be pushed in from the ACC position and
turned. Without being pushed in, the
ignition switch stops at the ACC position
and the vehicle battery may be discharged
if the ignition switch is left in the ACC
position. When leaving the vehicle, make
sure the ignition switch is turned to the
LOCK position.
If the vehicle is left with the ignition switch
not in the LOCK position, a beep sound is
heard and the indicator light flashes to
notify the driver.
Refer to Warning Beep (page 3-17).
Turning off the engine
1. Move the shift lever to the P position
(Automatic transmission).
2. Turn the ignition switch from the ON
position to the ACC position.
NOTE
When the engine is turned off and the ignition
switch it turned from the ACC position to the
LOCK position, the KEY indicator light
(green) flashes in the instrument cluster for
about 30 seconds if the battery power of the
advanced key is low. Replace the battery with a
new one.
Refer to Battery Replacement (page 3-6).
3. Push in the start knob from the ACC
position and turn it to the LOCK
position.
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Operation Using Advanced
Key Functions
Transmitter
Lock button
Panic button
Unlock button
Trunk button
qKeyless Entry System
This system uses the more traditional key
buttons to remotely lock and unlock the
doors and opens the trunk lid, and opens
the power windows.
It can also help you signal for attention.
Press the buttons slowly and carefully.
NOTE
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The keyless entry system is designed to
operate up to about 2.5 m (8 ft) from the
center of the vehicle, but this may vary due
to local conditions.
The system does not operate when the
ignition switch is not in the LOCK position
or the start knob is pushed in.
With the start knob installed in the LOCK
position, the system is fully operational. If
the ignition switch is not in the LOCK
position or the start knob is pushed in, the
system does not operate.
Both doors cannot be locked by pressing
the lock button while either door is open.
The hazard warning lights will also not
flash.
(With power retractable hardtop)
The trunk lid cannot be operated remotely if
the power retractable hardtop is not fully
opened or fully closed.
If the transmitter does not operate when
pressing a button or the operational range
becomes too small, the battery may be
dead. To install a new battery, refer to
Maintenance (page 3-5).
NOTE
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(U.S.A.)
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
(CANADA)
This device complies with RSS-210 of
Industry CANADA. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
NOTE
The unlock button can be used to open the
power windows. Refer to Opening the Power
Windows from Outside (page 3-34).
The operation indicator light flashes when
the buttons are pressed.
Lock button
To lock the doors, press the lock button. A
beep sound will be heard once and the
hazard warning lights will flash once.
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To confirm that both doors have been
locked, press the lock button again within
5 seconds. If they are closed and locked,
the horn will sound.
NOTE
(Without theft-deterrent system)
The hazard warning lights will flash once to
indicate that both doors are locked.
(With theft-deterrent system)
l The hazard warning lights will not flash.
l The hazard warning lights only flash when
the theft deterrent system is armed or
turned off, refer to the theft-deterrent
system (page 3-72).
NOTE
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Both doors cannot be locked when either
door is open.
Confirm that both doors are locked visually
or audibly by use of the double click.
Unlock button
To unlock the driver's door, press the
unlock button. A beep will be heard twice
and the hazard warning lights will flash
twice.
To unlock both doors , press the unlock
button again within 3 seconds and two
more beep sounds will be heard.
NOTE
(Without theft-deterrent system)
The hazard warning lights will flash twice to
indicate that both doors are unlocked.
(With theft-deterrent system)
l The hazard warning lights will not flash.
l The hazard warning lights only flash when
the theft deterrent system is armed or
turned off, refer to the theft-deterrent
system (page 3-72).
NOTE
Auto re-lock function
After unlocking with the transmitter, both
doors will automatically lock if one of the
doors is not opened within about 30 seconds.
Trunk button
To open the trunk, press the trunk button
for more than 1 second.
NOTE
(With power retractable hardtop)
The trunk lid can only be opened when the
power retractable hardtop is fully opened/
closed. Open/close the power retractable
hardtop completely before opening the trunk
lid.
Panic button
If you witness from a distance someone
attempting to break into or damage your
vehicle, pressing the panic button will
activate the vehicle's alarm.
NOTE
The panic button will work whether either door
is open or closed.
(Turning on the alarm)
Pressing the panic button for 1 second or
more will trigger the alarm for about 2
minutes and 30 seconds, and the
following will occur:
l The horn sounds intermittently.
l The hazard warning lights flash.
NOTE
However, if the driver is too close to the
vehicle the panic button may not function.
(Turning off the alarm)
The alarm stops by pressing any button on
the transmitter.
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qAuxiliary Key Function
Use the auxiliary key stored in the
advanced key in the event of a dead
transmitter battery or malfunction.
Removing the auxiliary key
Pull out the auxiliary key from the
advanced key.
Locking, unlocking the doors
The doors can be locked/unlocked using
the auxiliary key, refer to Locking,
Unlocking with Key (page 3-27).
Opening the trunk lid
The trunk lid can be opened using the
auxiliary key, refer to Opening and
Closing the Trunk Lid (page 3-30).
CAUTION
Do not open the trunk while the
power retractable hardtop is
opening/closing. The power
retractable hardtop and trunk lid
mechanisms could be damaged.
Starting the engine
The engine can be started with the
auxiliary key, refer to Ignition Switch
(page 5-2).
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Advanced Key Suspend
Function
If one key is left in the vehicle or trunk
and the second key is used to lock the
vehicle, the functions of the advanced key
left in the vehicle or the trunk are
temporarily suspended to prevent theft of
the vehicle.
The following are inoperable:
l Starting the engine using the start
knob.
l Operating the request switches.
To restore these functions, perform any
one of the following:
l Press the lock or unlock button on the
advanced key which has had its
functions suspended.
l While carrying another advanced key,
push in the start knob until the KEY
indicator light (green) in the instrument
cluster illuminates.
l Insert the auxiliary key and turn the
ignition switch to the ON position.
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Warning and Beep Sounds
qSystem Malfunction Warning Beep
If any malfunction occurs in the advanced
keyless function, the KEY warning light
(red) in the instrument cluster illuminates
continuously and beep sounds will be
heard.
CAUTION
If the KEY warning light (red) remains
illuminated, do not continue to drive
the vehicle with the advanced keyless
function. Park the vehicle in a safe
place and use the auxiliary key to
continue driving the vehicle. Have the
vehicle inspected at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.
Refer to Ignition Switch (page 5-2).
qStart Knob Not in LOCK
Warning Beep
If the start knob is in the ACC position
and the driver's door is opened, a
continuous beep sound will be heard to
notify the driver that the start knob has not
been returned to the LOCK position. In
this case, the keyless entry system does
not operate, the car cannot be locked, and
the battery will run down.
qAdvanced Key Removed from
Vehicle Warning Beep
Under the following conditions, a beep
sound will be heard and the KEY warning
light (red) will flash continuously when
the start knob has not been returned to the
LOCK position to notify the driver that
the advanced key has been removed. The
KEY warning light (red) will stop flashing
when the advanced key is back inside the
vehicle:
l The start knob has not been returned to
the LOCK position, the driver's door is
open, and the advanced key is removed
from the vehicle. (A beep sound will be
heard 3 times.)
However the beep sound will be heard
continuously when the start knob is in
the ACC position and the door is open
due to the activation of the warning
beep sound indicating that the start
knob is not in the LOCK position.
l The start knob has not been returned to
the LOCK position and all the doors
are closed after removing the advanced
key from the vehicle. (A beep sound
will be heard 6 times.)
NOTE
Because the advanced key utilizes low-intensity
radio waves, the Advanced Key Removed From
Vehicle Warning may activate if the advanced
key is carried together with a metal object or it
is placed in a poor signal reception area.
qRequest Switch Inoperable
Warning Beep
Under the following conditions, if the
request switch for a front door is pressed
while the advanced key is being carried, a
beep will be heard 6 times to indicate that
the front doors cannot be locked.
l A door is open (door ajar included).
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The start knob has not been returned to
the LOCK position.
The auxiliary key is inserted into the
ignition switch.
qAdvanced Key Battery Dead
Warning
When the start knob is returned to the
ACC or LOCK position from the ON
position, the KEY indicator light (green)
flashes for approximately 30 seconds
indicating that the remaining battery
power is low. Replace with a new battery
before the advanced key becomes
unusable.
Refer to Advanced Key Maintenance
(page 3-5).
NOTE
The advanced key can be set so that the KEY
indicator light (green) does not flash even if
the battery power is low.
Refer to Setting Change (page 3-19).
qEngine Start Not Permitted Warning
Under the following conditions, the KEY
warning light (red) flashes to inform the
driver that the start knob will not rotate to
the ACC position even if it is pushed in
from the LOCK position.
l The advanced key battery is dead.
l The advanced key is not within
operational range.
l The advanced key is placed in areas
where it is difficult for the system to
detect the signal (page 3-7).
l A key from another manufacturer
similar to the advanced key is in the
operational range.
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qAdvanced Key Left-in-trunk
Warning Beep
If the advanced key is left in the trunk
compartment with both doors locked and
the trunk lid closed, a beep sound is heard
for about 10 seconds to remind the driver
the advanced key has been left in the
trunk compartment. If this happens, open
the trunk lid by pressing the request
switch and remove the advanced key. An
advanced key removed from the trunk
may not function because its functions
may have been temporarily suspended. To
restore the advanced key function,
perform the applicable procedure (page
3-16).
qAdvanced Key Left-in-vehicle
Warning Beep
If an advanced key is left in the vehicle
cabin and both doors are locked using a
separate advanced key, a beep sound is
heard for about 10 seconds to remind the
driver that the advanced key has been left
in the vehicle cabin. If this happens, the
doors lock but the functions of the
advanced key left in the vehicle cabin
may be temporarily suspended. Perform
the following procedure to restore the
functions of the advanced key (page
3-16).
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Setting Change (Function Customization)
The following function settings are possible. These settings can only be changed by an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Setting
Advanced key battery
dead indicator
Lock/unlock operation
confirmation beep
sound*1
Autolock function*2
Function
KEY indicator light (green) flashes to indicate
that the advanced key battery power is low.
A beep sound is heard to confirm that both doors
or the trunk lid have been locked/unlocked.
When both doors are closed and the advanced key
is being carried and out of operational range, both
the doors automatically lock after 3 seconds.
(Even if the driver is in the operational range,
both doors are locked automatically after about 30
seconds.)
At Initial Setting
After Setting
Change
Activated
Deactivated
Activated
Deactivated
Deactivated
Activated
*1: When the autolock function is operating, the warning sound will be heard regardless of the setting.
*2: When Autolock function is enabled, windows will not automatically close. You must close before leaving
vehicle.
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When Warning Indicator/Beep is Activated
Under the following conditions, warning beeps are heard and a warning/indicator light in
the instrument cluster illuminates to notify the driver of improper operation of the
advanced key to prevent theft of the vehicle (page 3-17).
Warning
When a door is open, a continuous beep sound will be
heard.
When a door is open, 3 beep sounds are heard, and the
KEY warning light (red) in the instrument cluster
flashes.
When a door is closed, a beep sound is heard 6 times,
and the KEY warning light (red) in the instrument
cluster flashes.
When locking the doors or closing the trunk, the chime
sounds for about 10 seconds.
What to check
Check whether the start knob has been returned to the
LOCK position.
Check whether the advanced key has been removed
from the vehicle.
Check whether the advanced key has been removed
from the vehicle.
Check whether the advanced key has not been left in the
vehicle or the trunk.
Check whether the advanced key has been left in the
When attempting to lock the doors, a beep sound is
vehicle.
heard.
Check whether a door is open.
The advanced key battery power is low. Replace the
When the KEY indicator light (green) flashes in the
battery with a new one.
instrument cluster.
Refer to Advanced Key Maintenance on page 3-5.
The advanced key is malfunctioning. Park the vehicle in
When the KEY warning light (red) remains illuminated a safe place, and use the auxiliary key to continue
driving the vehicle. Have the vehicle inspected at an
in the instrument cluster.
Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.
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Keys (without Advanced Key)
Without keyless entry system
WARNING
Do not leave the keys in your vehicle
with children and keep them in a place
where your children will not find or
play with them:
Leaving children in a vehicle with the
key is dangerous. This could result in
someone being badly injured or even
killed. These new kinds of keys are
fascinating to children. They could
play with power windows or other
controls, or even make the vehicle
move.
NOTE
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Refer to Immobilizer System (page 3-69) for
information regarding keys and engine
starting.
(With theft-deterrent system)
Refer to Theft-Deterrent System (page 3-72)
for information regarding keys and the
prevention of vehicle and vehicle contents
theft.
The keys operate all locks.
With keyless entry system
Key code number plate
A code number is stamped on the plate
attached to the key set; detach this plate
and store it in a safe place (not in the
vehicle) for use if you need to make a
replacement key.
NOTE
Write down the code number and keep it in a
separate safe and convenient place, but not in
the vehicle.
If your key is lost, consult your Authorized
Mazda Dealer and have your code number
ready.
Key extend/retract method (Retractable
type key)
To extend the key, press the release
button.
Retractable
type key
Key code number plate
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To retract the key, rotate it into the holder
while pressing the release button.
Keyless Entry System (with
Retractable Type Key) í
This system remotely locks and unlocks
the doors, and opens the power windows.
It can also help you signal for attention.
Press the buttons slowly and carefully.
CAUTION
To avoid damage to the transmitter,
do not:
Ø Drop the transmitter.
Ø Get the transmitter wet.
Ø Disassemble the transmitter.
Ø Expose the transmitter to any kind
of magnetic field.
Ø Expose the transmitter to high
temperatures on places such as
the dashboard or hood, under
direct sunlight.
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NOTE
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The keyless entry system is designed to
operate up to about 2.5 m (8 ft) from the
center of the vehicle, but this may vary due
to local conditions.
The system doesn't operate when the key is
in the ignition switch.
Doors can be locked by pressing the lock
button while any other door is open.
However, the hazard warning lights will not
flash and the horn will not sound.
If the transmitter does not operate when
pressing a button or the operation range
becomes too small, the battery may be
dead. To install a new battery, refer to
Maintenance (page 3-25).
Additional transmitters can be obtained at
an Authorized Mazda Dealer. Up to 3
transmitters can be used with the keyless
entry system per vehicle. Bring all
transmitters to an Authorized Mazda
Dealer when additional transmitters are
required.
qTransmitter
Lock button
Unlock button
Panic button
Operation
indicator light
Trunk button
NOTE
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(U.S.A.)
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
(CANADA)
This device complies with RSS-210 of
Industry CANADA. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
NOTE
The unlock button can be used to open the
power windows. Refer to Opening the Power
Windows from Outside (page 3-34).
The operation indicator light flashes when
the buttons are pressed.
Lock button
To lock the doors, press the lock button
and the hazard warning lights will flash
once.
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To confirm that both doors have been
locked, press the lock button again within
5 seconds. If they are closed and locked,
the horn will sound.
NOTE
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Pressing the transmitter lock button to lock
the doors while any door is open does not
sound the horn.
(Without theft-deterrent system)
The hazard warning lights will flash once
to indicate that both doors are locked.
(With theft-deterrent system)
The hazard warning lights will not flash.
The hazard warning lights only flash
when the theft deterrent system is armed
or turned off, refer to the theft-deterrent
system (page 3-72).
NOTE
Auto re-lock function
After unlocking with the transmitter, both
doors will automatically lock if one of the
doors is not opened within about 30 seconds.
Trunk button
To open the trunk, press the trunk button
for more than 1 second.
NOTE
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NOTE
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Both doors cannot be locked when the key
is in the ignition switch.
Confirm that both doors are locked visually
or audibly by use of the double click.
Unlock button
To unlock the driver's door, press the
unlock button and the hazard warning
lights will flash twice.
To unlock both doors, press the unlock
button again within 3 seconds.
NOTE
(Without theft-deterrent system)
The hazard warning lights will flash twice to
indicate that both doors are unlocked.
(With theft-deterrent system)
l The hazard warning lights will not flash.
l The hazard warning lights only flash when
the theft deterrent system is armed or
turned off, refer to the theft-deterrent
system (page 3-72).
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(With power retractable hardtop)
The trunk lid can only be opened when the
power retractable hardtop is fully opened/
closed. Open/close the power retractable
hardtop completely before opening the
trunk lid.
The trunk button is disabled when the trunk
lid release lock-out button inside the trunk
is in the OFF position. Refer to Remote
Trunk Lid Release Lock-Out on page 3-31.
Panic button
If you witness from a distance someone
attempting to break into or damage your
vehicle, pressing the panic button will
activate the vehicle's alarm.
NOTE
The panic button will work whether any door
or the trunk lid is open or closed.
Turning on the alarm
Pressing the panic button for 1 second or
more will trigger the alarm for about 2
minutes and 30 seconds, and the
following will occur:
l The horn sounds intermittently.
l The hazard warning lights flash.
Turning off the alarm
Press any button on the transmitter.
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qTransmitter Maintenance
If the buttons on the transmitter are
inoperable and the operation indicator
light does not flash, the battery may be
dead.
Replace with a new battery before the
transmitter becomes unusable.
2. Insert a screwdriver into the slot and
push the tab to remove the key from
the transmitter.
Tab
CAUTION
Ø Install the battery with the positive
pole ( ) facing down. Battery
leakage could occur if it is not
installed correctly.
Ø When replacing the battery, be
careful not to bend the electrical
terminals or get oil on them. Also
be careful not to get dirt in the
transmitter as it could be
damaged.
Ø There is the danger of explosion if
the battery is not correctly
replaced.
Ø Replace only with the same type
battery (CR1620 or equivalent).
Ø Dispose of used batteries
according to the following
instructions.
Ø Insulate the plus and minus
terminals of the battery using
cellophane or equivalent tape.
Ø Never disassemble.
Ø Never throw the battery into
fire and/or water.
Ø Never deform or crush.
3. Insert a screwdriver into the slot and
gently pry open the transmitter.
4. Remove the battery.
Replacing the transmitter battery
1. Unfold the key (page 3-21).
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5. Put in the new battery (CR1620 or
equivalent) with the positive pole (
facing down.
)
Door Locks
WARNING
Always take all children and pets with
you or leave a responsible person with
them:
Leaving a child or a pet unattended
in a parked vehicle is dangerous. In
hot weather, temperatures inside a
vehicle can become high enough to
cause brain damage or even death.
6. Align the front and back covers and
snap the transmitter shut.
7. Install the key to the transmitter.
qService
If you have a problem with the keyless
entry system, consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
If your transmitter is lost or stolen, bring
all remaining transmitters to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as
possible for a replacement and to make
the lost or stolen transmitter inoperative.
CAUTION
Radio equipment like this is governed
by laws in the United States.
Changes or modifications not
expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void
the user's authority to operate the
equipment.
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Do not leave the keys in your vehicle
with children and keep them in a place
where your children will not find or
play with them:
Leaving children in a vehicle with the
key is dangerous. This could result in
someone being badly injured or even
killed. They could play with power
windows or other controls, or even
make the vehicle move.
Keep both doors locked when driving:
Unlocked doors in a moving vehicle
are dangerous. Passengers can fall
out if a door is accidentally opened
and can more easily be thrown out in
an accident.
Always close all the windows, lock the
doors and take the key with you when
leaving your vehicle unattended:
Leaving your vehicle unlocked is
dangerous as children could lock
themselves in a hot vehicle, which
could result in death. Also, a vehicle
left unlocked becomes an easy target
for thieves and intruders.
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qLocking, Unlocking with Key
Either door can be locked/unlocked with
the key.
Turn the key toward the front to unlock,
toward the back to lock.
qLocking, Unlocking with DoorLock Knob
To lock any door from the inside, push the
door-lock knob.
To unlock, pull it out.
This does not operate the other door
locks.
Lock
Unlock
Lock
Unlock
qLocking, Unlocking with Request
Switch (with Advanced Key)
The doors can be locked/unlocked by
operating the request switch while
carrying the advanced key outside the
vehicle, refer to Operations Using
Advanced Keyless Functions (page 3-7).
To lock any door with the door-lock knob
from the outside, push the door-lock knob
to the lock position and close the door.
This does not operate the other door
locks.
Door-lock knob
qLocking, Unlocking with
Transmitter (with Advanced Key)
The doors can be locked/unlocked by
operating the keyless entry system
transmitter, refer to Keyless Entry System
(page 3-14).
qLocking, Unlocking with Transmitter
(with Retractable Type Key)
The doors can be locked/unlocked by
operating the keyless entry system
transmitter, refer to Keyless Entry System
(page 3-22).
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NOTE
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(With advanced key)
The driver's door cannot be locked using
the door-lock knob from the outside.
(With retractable type key)
The driver's door cannot be locked using
the door-lock knob from the outside if the
key is in the ignition switch.
When locking the doors this way, be careful
not to leave the key inside the vehicle.
Locking, unlocking with key
Both doors lock automatically when the
driver's door is locked with the key. Both
doors unlock when the driver's door is
unlocked and the key is held in the unlock
position for one second or longer.
qPower Door Locks í
Vehicle lock-out prevention
(With advanced key)
The vehicle lock-out prevention feature
prevents you from locking yourself out of
the vehicle. Both doors will automatically
unlock if they are locked using the power
door locks with any door open.
(With retractable type key)
The vehicle lock-out prevention feature
prevents you from locking yourself out of
the vehicle. With the key in the ignition
switch, both doors will automatically
unlock if they are locked using the power
door locks with any door open.
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Unlock
Lock
NOTE
Holding the key in the unlocked position in the
driver's door lock for about a second unlocks
both doors. To unlock only the driver's door,
insert the key into the driver's door lock and
turn the key briefly to the unlock position and
then immediately return it to the center
position.
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Locking, unlocking with door-lock
switch
Both doors lock automatically when
LOCK is pushed. They all unlock when
the unmarked part of the door-lock switch
is pushed.
Unlock
Lock
Locking, unlocking with request switch
(with advanced key)
Trunk Lid
WARNING
Never allow a person to ride in the
trunk:
Allowing a person to ride in the trunk
is dangerous. In addition, the person
in the trunk could be seriously
injured or killed during sudden
braking or a collision.
Keep the trunk closed when driving:
Exhaust gas entering the cabin of a
vehicle through an open trunk is
dangerous. This gas contains CO
(carbon monoxide), which is
colorless, odorless, and highly
poisonous. If inhaled, it can cause
loss of consciousness and death.
Both doors can be locked/unlocked by
operating the request switch on the front
doors while carrying the advanced key
outside the vehicle, refer to Operations
Using Advanced Keyless Functions (page
3-7).
Locking, unlocking with transmitter
(with advanced key)
Both doors can be locked/unlocked by
operating the keyless entry system
transmitter, refer to Keyless Entry System
(page 3-14).
Locking, unlocking with transmitter
(with retractable type key)
Both doors can be locked/unlocked by
operating the keyless entry system
transmitter, refer to Keyless Entry System
(page 3-22).
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qOpening and Closing the Trunk Lid
WARNING
Close the trunk lid and do not allow
children to play inside the vehicle:
Leaving the trunk lid open or leaving
children in the vehicle with the keys is
dangerous. Children could open the
trunk lid and climb inside resulting in
possible injury or death from heat
exposure.
Always keep the car from being a
tempting place to play by locking doors
and the trunk, and keeping the keys
where children can not play with them:
Leaving children or animals
unattended in a parked vehicle is
dangerous. Babies left sleeping and
children who lock themselves in cars
or trunks can die very quickly from
heat prostration. Do not leave your
children or pets alone in a car at any
time. Do not leave the car or the
trunk unlocked.
Opening the trunk lid with the key
Insert the key into the slot and turn it
clockwise.
Open
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CAUTION
Do not open the trunk while the
power retractable hardtop is
opening/closing. The power
retractable hardtop and trunk lid
mechanisms could be damaged.
Opening the trunk lid with the request
switch (with advanced key)
The trunk lid can be opened by operating
the request switch on the trunk lid while
carrying the advanced key outside the
vehicle, refer to Operations Using
Advanced Keyless Functions (page 3-7).
Opening the trunk lid with the
transmitter (with advanced key)
The trunk lid can be opened by operating
the keyless entry system transmitter, refer
to Keyless Entry System (page 3-14).
Opening the trunk lid with the
transmitter (with retractable type key)
The trunk lid can be opened by operating
the keyless entry system transmitter, refer
to Keyless Entry System (page 3-22).
Opening the trunk lid with the remote
release button
Push the release button.
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NOTE
(With power retractable hardtop)
The trunk lid can only be opened when the
power retractable hardtop is fully opened/
closed. Open/close the power retractable
hardtop completely before opening the trunk
lid.
Closing the trunk lid
Use both hands to push the trunk lid down
until the lock snaps shut. Do not slam it.
Pull up on the trunk lid to make sure it is
secure.
qRemote Trunk Lid Release Lock-Out
The remote release may be canceled using
the trunk lid release lock-out button to
prevent anyone in the vehicle from
opening the trunk.
NOTE
You cannot prevent another person from
getting access to your trunk if you give the
person your key.
With the switch in the OFF position, the
remote release button cannot be operated.
To open the trunk lid when the switch is
in the OFF position, do one of the
following:
l Press the request switch on the trunk
lid.
l Press the trunk button on the
transmitter.
l Open the trunk with the auxiliary key.
Without advanced key
With the switch in the ON position, the
remote trunk lid release button and the
trunk button on the transmitter can be
operated.
With the switch in the OFF position, the
remote release button or the trunk button
on the transmitter cannot be operated.
To open the trunk lid when the switch is
in the OFF position, open the trunk with
the key.
The switch is mounted inside the trunk.
OFF position
ON position
With advanced key
With the switch in the ON position, the
remote trunk lid release button can be
operated.
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Inside Trunk Release Lever
Your vehicle is equipped with an inside
trunk release lever that provides a means
of escape for children and adults in the
event they become locked inside the
trunk.
No matter how careful adults might be
with keys and locking their cars, parents
should be aware that children may be
tempted to play around vehicles and use
the trunk as a hiding place.
Adults are advised to familiarize
themselves with the operation and
location of the inside trunk release lever
so that all children can be told about it in
an appropriate way, keeping in mind that
most vehicles don't have such levers.
WARNING
Close the trunk lid and do not allow
children to play inside the vehicle:
Leaving the trunk lid open or leaving
children in the vehicle with the keys is
dangerous. Children could open the
trunk lid and climb inside resulting in
possible injury or death from heat
exposure.
Always keep the car from being a
tempting place to play by locking doors
and the trunk, and keeping the keys
where children can not play with them:
Leaving children or animals
unattended in a parked vehicle is
dangerous. Babies left sleeping and
children who lock themselves in cars
or trunks can die very quickly from
heat prostration. Do not leave your
children or pets alone in a car at any
time. Do not leave the car or the
trunk unlocked.
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qOpening the Trunk Lid from the
Inside
Slide the inside trunk release lever in the
direction of the arrow. The lever is made
of material that will glow for hours in the
darkness of the trunk following a brief
exposure to ambient light.
The inside trunk release lever is located
on the inside of the trunk end trim.
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Power Windows
The ignition switch must be in the ON
position for the power windows to
operate.
WARNING
Make sure the opening is clear before
closing a window:
Closing power windows are
dangerous. A person's hands, head,
or even neck could be caught by the
window and result in serious injury
or even death.
This warning applies especially to
children.
Do not leave the keys in your vehicle
with children and keep them in a place
where your children will not find or
play with them:
Leaving children in a vehicle with the
key is dangerous. This could result in
someone being badly injured or even
killed. They could play with power
windows or other controls, or even
make the vehicle move.
qOperating the Power Windows
(Type A)
Manual opening/closing
To open the window to the desired
position, lightly hold down the switch.
To close the window to the desired
position, lightly pull up the switch.
Close
Passenger's
window
Open
Driver's window
Auto-opening
To fully open the window automatically,
press the switch completely down.
To stop the window partway, lightly pull
up the switch and then release it.
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qOperating the Driver's Side
Power Window (Type B)
qOperating the Passenger Power
Window (Type B)
Manual opening/closing
To open the window to the desired
position, hold down the switch.
To close the window to the desired
position, pull up the switch.
To open the window to the desired
position, lightly hold down the switch.
To close the window to the desired
position, lightly pull up the switch.
Close
Open
Close
Open
Passenger's window
Driver's window
Auto-opening
To fully open the window automatically,
press the switch completely down.
To stop the window partway, lightly pull
up the switch and then release it.
qOpening the Power Windows
from Outside í
Both power windows can be opened from
outside the vehicle after the doors are
closed.
NOTE
The power windows cannot be opened from
outside the vehicle under the following
condition:
l A door or the trunk lid is opened.
l The key is inserted into the ignition switch.
l (With advanced key)
The start knob is in any position except
Lock.
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Opening
Because nobody likes getting into a very
hot car, we have introduced a way to get a
head start on cooling it, even before you
put your seat belts on and insert your key
in the ignition. If you see the vehicle is in
a secure area, you can open the both
windows as you approach the vehicle to
get the air moving before you even step
into the hot vehicle.
Advanced key
Lock button
Panic button
Unlock button
Trunk button
WARNING
Use the auto-window function only
when you can see the vehicle and it is
in a secure area:
Do not let children play with your
keys. If they open the window
without your knowing, the open
windows are an even bigger
invitation to a thief than leaving the
doors unlocked.
The windows can be opened for
ventilating the cabin before getting in the
vehicle.
Press once, then press again within 1.5
seconds and hold.
After the doors are unlocked, both
windows open while the unlock button is
pressed.
To stop the windows while opening,
release the button.
If the operation is performed from the
beginning again, the windows open.
Retractable type key
Lock button
Unlock button
Panic button
Trunk button
NOTE
The unlock button does not operate unless it is
pressed twice sequentially.
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Fuel-Filler Lid and Cap
WARNING
When removing the fuel cap, loosen the
cap slightly and wait for any hissing to
stop. Then remove it:
Fuel spray is dangerous. Fuel can
burn skin and eyes and cause illness
if ingested. Fuel spray is released
when there is pressure in the fuel
tank and the fuel cap is removed too
quickly.
Before refueling, stop the engine, and
always keep sparks and flames away
from the filler neck:
Fuel vapor is dangerous. It could be
ignited by sparks or flames causing
serious burns and injuries.
Additionally, use of the incorrect fuel
filler cap or not using a fuel filler cap
may result in fuel leak, which could
result in serious burns or death in an
accident.
CAUTION
Always use only a genuine Mazda
fuel cap or an approved equivalent,
available at an Authorized Mazda
Dealer. The wrong cap can result in a
serious malfunction of the fuel and
emission control systems. It may also
cause the check engine light in the
instrument cluster to illuminate.
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qFuel-Filler Lid
The remote fuel-filler lid release is
mounted in the seat side box.
To open the seat side box, unlock it and
pull the release catch.
To open the fuel-filler lid, pull on the
remote fuel-filler lid release.
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qFuel-Filler Cap
Hood
To remove the filler cap, turn it
counterclockwise.
To close the filler cap, turn it clockwise
until two or more clicks are heard.
Close
WARNING
Always check that the hood is closed
and securely locked:
A hood that is not closed and
securely locked is dangerous as it
could fly open while the vehicle is
moving and block the driver's vision
which could result in a serious
accident.
qOpening the Hood
Open
1. With the vehicle parked, pull the
release handle to unlock the hood.
CAUTION
Make sure the fuel-filler cap is
tightened securely. The check engine
light may illuminate when the cap
isn't tightened securely. If the light
remains on (even after you have
tightened the cap securely, driven,
and restarted the engine several
times), it may indicate a different
problem. Contact an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.
Release handle
2. Insert your hand into the hood opening
and Slide the hood latch to the right
and lift the hood.
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3. Grasp the support rod in the padded
area and secure it in the stay hole
indicated by the arrow to hold the hood
open.
Clip
Support rod
qClosing the Hood
1. Check under the hood area to make
certain all filler caps are in place and
all loose items (e.g. tools, oil
containers, etc.) have been removed.
2. Insert the support rod in its clip while
holding up the hood. Verify that the
support rod is secured in the clip before
closing the hood.
3. Close the hood so that it locks securely.
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Convertible Top (Soft Top) í
Windshield header
Top latch assembly
Top storage area
Label (The label indicates the position where convertible
top is to be held when lowering or raising it.)
qConvertible Top Precautions
WARNING
Sit in the seat with the seat belt
correctly fastened when the vehicle is
moving:
Standing in the vehicle, or sitting on
the convertible top storage area or
center console when the vehicle is
moving is a dangerous way to ride.
During a sudden maneuver or
collision you could be seriously
injured or even killed.
Convertible
top's handles
Always keep your hands and fingers
away from the fastening mechanisms
when moving the convertible top:
It is dangerous to place your hands
or fingers near the fastening
mechanisms. Your hands or fingers
could be caught and injured by the
mechanism.
CAUTION
Remove leaves or other matter that
may accumulate on and around the
soft top. Otherwise, the water
drainage outlets could become
blocked, resulting in water leakage.
For detailed maintenance of the
water draining outlets, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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Before lowering or raising the
convertible top, stop in a safe place off
the right-of-way and park on a level
surface.
Make sure nothing is on the convertible
top or near the back window when
raising or lowering the convertible top.
Even small objects may interfere and
cause damage.
When lowering the convertible top,
make sure objects inside the vehicle
aren't blown away by the wind.
Secure all loose objects inside before
driving with the convertible top down.
To help prevent burglary or vandalism
and to ensure that the passenger
compartment stays dry, close the
convertible top securely and lock both
doors when leaving the vehicle.
Do not drive through an automatic car
wash; it may damage the convertible
top.
Do not raise or lower the convertible
top when the temperature is below 5 °C
(41 °F) ; this will damage the
convertible top material.
Do not lower the convertible top when
it's wet. If the convertible top dries
while folded, it will deteriorate and
shrink.
Lowering the convertible top while it's
wet can also cause water to drip into
the passenger compartment.
Do not raise or lower the convertible
top in a strong wind as it could damage
the convertible top or cause an
unexpected accident.
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qLowering the Convertible Top
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.
2. Fully open the left and right windows.
3. Turn off the engine.
4. Make sure there are no objects which
have been placed in the area where the
convertible top is to be retracted.
WARNING
Do not place heavy or sharp objects in
the convertible top storage area:
Putting heavy or sharp objects in the
convertible top storage area is
dangerous.
During a sudden stop or collision,
they can become projectiles that
might hit and injure passengers.
5. Pull the top latch outward by pressing
the unlock button to detach the lock.
Make sure the lock is detached.
Unlock button
Top latch
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6. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold
the convertible top along the center
edge and pull it toward the vehicle rear.
7. Continue to move the convertible top
rearward while pressing the rear glass
lightly with your hand.
Center edge
NOTE
To lower the convertible top from inside the
vehicle, use the convertible top's handles.
8. After the convertible top has been
folded down, press the back end of the
folded down convertible top until a
click sound is heard, then the front end.
Lightly rock the retracted convertible
top to make sure it is securely locked.
Convertible top's
handles
9. Raise the windblocker if it is needed.
NOTE
The windblocker reduces the amount of wind
coming into the cabin from behind when
driving with the convertible top opened.
Refer to Windblocker on page 6-45.
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qRaising the Convertible Top
NOTE
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.
To raise the convertible top from inside the
vehicle, use the convertible top's handles.
2. Fully open the left and right windows.
3. Turn off the engine.
4. Pull the unlock lever outward to
disengage the lock.
Unlock lever
Convertible top's
handles
5. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold
the convertible top along the center
edge and pull it towards the vehicle
front.
6. Sitting in a seat, grasp the convertible
top's handles, and press the convertible
top against the windshield.
Move the top latch slowly to make sure
the anchor engages with the striker,
then rotate the top latch to the lock
position until a click sound is heard.
Convertible top's
handles
Center edge
Striker
Anchor
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7. Connect the rear window defroster
coupler if it has been disconnected.
CAUTION
Driving with the convertible top not
fully locked could damage the
convertible top.
If the red indicator is visible on the
unlock button, the convertible top is
not locked. After locking the
convertible top, verify that the red
indicator is not visible.
Locked position
NOTE
Unlocked position
Red indicator
If the coupler was not plugged in the rear
window defroster would not work.
qTaking Care of the Top
NOTE
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Refer to Convertible Top Maintenance
(page 8-54) for information on taking care
of the convertible top.
The convertible top may be constricted if it
is left retracted for a long period.
Therefore, if the top has become
constricted, it may be difficult to hook the
top latch striker to the anchor.
Make sure the convertible top is securely
locked by pushing up on it. If it still sounds
loose (rattles) after being locked by the top
latch, have it inspected at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
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Detachable Hardtop í
Top latch assembly
Side latch assembly
Rear deck latch
Rear window defroster coupler
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qDetachable Hardtop Precautions
WARNING
Sit in the seat with the seat belt
correctly fastened when the vehicle is
moving:
Standing in the vehicle, or sitting on
the deck or center console when the
vehicle is moving is a dangerous way
to ride. During a sudden maneuver or
collision you could be seriously
injured or even killed.
Always drive safely and observe the
speed limit:
Rollover accidents on a hardtop
vehicle are dangerous. The hardtop is
not as strong as a regular steel roof.
Rollover accidents could dislodge or
crush the hardtop and cause serious
injuries or even death, just as with no
top or the convertible top.
Always keep your hands and fingers
away from the fastening mechanisms
when moving the hardtop:
It is dangerous to place your hands
or fingers near the fastening
mechanisms. Your hands or fingers
could be caught and injured by the
mechanism.
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Do not drive through an automatic car
wash as it could damage the hardtop.
Do not remove or install the hardtop in
a strong wind as it could damage the
hardtop or cause an unexpected
accident.
Before removing the hardtop, remove
the antenna.
Removing the hardtop while it's wet
can cause water to drip into the
passenger compartment.
qRemoving the Detachable Hardtop
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and
firmly set the parking brake.
2. Lower the side windows, then turn off
the ignition.
3. Remove the antenna if it is installed.
Refer to Antenna on page 6-9.
4. Push the unlock button and fully
release the top latch.
Unlock button
Top latch
When removing or installing the
hardtop, make sure the operation is
performed by 2 adults.
Before removing or installing the
hardtop, be sure you are parked out of
traffic in a flat area near the location
your hardtop is to be stored.
When removing the hardtop, make sure
objects inside the vehicle are not blown
away by wind.
Secure all loose objects inside before
driving with the hardtop removed.
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5. Remove the seat belts from the belt
guides.
10. Lift the side latches while pulling the
lever. Make sure the hooks are fully
released.
Belt guide
Side
latch
Lever
6. Slide the seats forward.
Refer to Seat Slide on page 2-2.
7. Fold the seatbacks forward.
Refer to Seat Recline on page 2-2.
8. Pull the levers and fully release the side
latches.
Lever Side latch
9. After the side latches are fully released,
release the lever.
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11. Disconnect the rear window defroster
cord connector from the plug on the
inside of the hardtop.
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12. Slide the hardtop rearward while
pressing down on the rear deck
latches to unlock the latches.
Hardtop
CAUTION
Ø Be careful not to strike the body
with any of the protruding
hardtop latches.
Ø Use extreme care when carrying
the hardtop to prevent scratching
or other damage to it.
NOTE
Rear deck latch
13. Lift the hardtop straight off the body
to prevent damage to the rear deck
latches and studs.
Hardtop
Points to remember when storing the
detachable hardtop.
l Do not place the hardtop on a hard surface,
such as concrete or asphalt. Place it on a
cushioning material, such as an old
blanket.
l Be sure the top and side latches are locked.
l Do not lean the hardtop against a wall or
stand it in an unstable way.
l Store the hardtop in a dry clean area, and
cover it with a soft material, such as an old
blanket.
14. Return the belt guides and the
seatbacks to their original positions.
Rear deck stud
15. Disconnect the hardtop rear window
defroster coupler (A) from the coupler
(B), and remove the convertible top
rear window defroster coupler (C)
from its holder (D).
WARNING
Be careful of the windshield's edges
when getting into or out of the vehicle:
Not being careful of the windshield's
edges when getting into or out of the
vehicle is dangerous. The
windshield's edges could scratch and
cause injuries.
(A)
(B)
(D)
(C)
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16. Connect the convertible top's rear
window defroster coupler (C) to the
coupler (B).
4. Remove the seat belts from the belt
guides.
Belt guide
(C)
(B)
qInstalling the Detachable Hardtop
CAUTION
Do not attempt to install the hardtop
with the convertible top also up.
Lower the convertible top before
installing the hardtop, otherwise
damage will occur to the convertible
top.
NOTE
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Be sure to place the convertible top latches
in the locked position.
Confirm that the rear window defroster
coupler is disconnected. Also make sure the
convertible top is completely lowered
before installing the hardtop.
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface and
firmly set the parking brake.
2. Lower the side windows, then turn off
the ignition.
3. Remove the antenna if it is installed.
Refer to Antenna on page 6-9.
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5. Slide the seats forward.
Refer to Seat Slide on page 2-2.
6. Fold the seatbacks forward.
Refer to Seat Recline on page 2-2.
7. Connect the rear window defroster
coupler.
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NOTE
Connect the convertible top's rear window
defroster coupler into the holder so that it does
not rattle.
9. Align the rear deck latches with the
rear deck studs and set the hardtop
squarely onto the body.
Hardtop
Rear deck stud
8. Make sure the top latch and the side
latches on the hardtop are unlocked.
10. Slide the hardtop forward while
pressing down on the rear deck
latches to lock the latches, and then
verify that they are secure by
attempting to lift the rear of the
hardtop.
Hardtop
Top latch
assembly
Side latch
assembly
Rear deck latch
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CAUTION
Ø Be careful not to strike the body
with any of the protruding
hardtop latches.
Ø The rear defogger grid and the
defogger cord could be damaged
when removing or installing the
hardtop. Make sure the rear
defogger grid isn't folded and the
defogger cord isn't caught
between the vehicle's body and the
hardtop.
11. Make sure the striker for the top latch
is securely engaged with the anchor
before pushing the top latch lever.
Rotate the lever of the top latch with
the palm of your hand until the top
latch is locked.
12. Pull the levers and fully release the
side latches.
Lever Side latch
13. Make sure the hooks are engaged.
Lift the side latches with the palm of
your hand until the latches are locked.
Side
latch
Striker
Hook
Anchor
CAUTION
After installation, verify that all
latches are secure. Operating the
vehicle with unlocked latches may
cause hardtop damage or loss.
14. Set the belt guides and the seats back
to their original positions.
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15. Connect the rear window defroster
cord connector to the plug on the
inside of the hardtop.
NOTE
If the hardtop rattles even when all latches are
secure, drive slowly and contact an Authorized
Mazda Dealer for inspection.
qDetachable Hardtop Appearance
Care
Refer to Hardtop Maintenance (page
8-55) for information on detachable
hardtop appearance care.
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Convertible Top (Power Retractable Hardtop) í
The power retractable hardtop opens/closes electrically by operating switches in the
vehicle. When opening/closing the hardtop, the hardtop, deck and window glass operate
together. The hardtop is stored in the storage area under the deck.
Close switch
Open switch
Indicator light
Top latch assembly
Deck
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qPower Retractable Hardtop Precautions
WARNING
Always confirm that there are no people around the vehicle before operating the
hardtop:
If the hardtop were to operate unexpectedly, it could result in an accident and
serious injury from someone getting caught in the mechanism.
Always drive safely and observe the speed limit:
Rollover accidents on a hardtop vehicle are dangerous. The hardtop is not as strong
as a regular steel roof. Rollover accidents could dislodge or crush the hardtop and
cause serious injuries or even death, just as with no top.
Sit in the seat with the seat belt correctly fastened when the vehicle is moving:
Standing in the vehicle, or sitting on the deck or center console when the vehicle is
moving is a dangerous way to ride. During a sudden maneuver or collision you could
be seriously injured or even killed.
Always keep your hands and fingers away from the fastening mechanisms when
moving the hardtop:
It is dangerous to place your hands or fingers near the fastening mechanisms. Your
hands or fingers could be caught and injured by the mechanism.
CAUTION
Ø Do not drive with the hardtop partially opened; this could damage the hardtop or
cause an unexpected accident.
Ø Children should not be allowed to play with the open/close switch.
Ø Do not place objects or cargo around the deck, rear glass, or the hardtop storage
area.
Even small objects may interfere and cause damage.
Ø Remove leaves that accumulate on and around the hardtop. If the leaves are not
removed, they may block the water drainage outlets.
Ø Before opening the hardtop, make sure the rear window defogger switch
(Defroster) is turned off. Otherwise the heat generated from the defogger could
damage the hardtop and the internal material.
Ø When opening/closing the hardtop, verify that there is no obstruction above the
hardtop (about 1.5 m from the ground) so as not to damage the hardtop or the
obstruction.
Ø When opening/closing the hardtop, do not apply any load to the hardtop or the
deck. The opening/closing mechanism of the hardtop may be damaged.
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Open/close the hardtop with the vehicle parked on level ground in a safe place where the
vehicle does not obstruct traffic. If the hardtop is opened/closed on a slope or bump, the
opening/closing mechanism of the hardtop may be damaged.
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Before opening or closing the hardtop, stop in a safe place off the right-of-way and park
on a level surface.
When opening the hardtop, make sure objects inside the vehicle are not blown away by
the wind.
Secure all loose objects inside before driving with the hardtop down.
To help prevent burglary or vandalism and to ensure that the passenger compartment
stays dry, close the hardtop securely and lock both doors when leaving the vehicle.
Do not drive through an automatic car wash as it may damage the hardtop.
Do not open or close the hardtop when the temperature is below 5 °C (41 °F) as it this
will damage the hardtop material.
Opening the hardtop while it is wet can also cause water to drip into the passenger
compartment.
Do not open or close the hardtop in a strong wind as it could damage the hardtop.
qOperation Indicator Light
When illuminated
This notifies the driver that the hardtop is
only partially open.
When flashing
This indicates that the hardtop is being
open/closed. (During button operation)
When not illuminated
This indicates that the hardtop is open/
closed fully.
NOTE
If the operation indicator light flashes quickly,
there may be a system malfunction. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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qOperation Conditions
If the following conditions have been
satisfied, the hardtop can be opened/
closed.
l The vehicle is parked on a level surface
off the right-of-way and the parking
brake is firmly set.
l The ignition switch is in the ON
position.
l Put a vehicle with an automatic
transmission in Park (P) or Neutral (N),
a manual transmission in Neutral.
l The trunk lid is closed.
NOTE
If the power retractable hardtop cannot be
closed even after the operation conditions are
all met, have it checked at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
The hardtop can be closed manually as an
emergency measure.
Refer to The Power Retractable Hardtop Does
not Close on page 3-58.
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qOpening the Power Retractable
Hardtop
7. Press and hold the open button until the
hardtop opens completely.
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 Neutral.
3. Apply the parking brake with the brake
pedal depressed.
4. Start the Engine.
NOTE
Do not open/close the hardtop with the engine
stopped. Otherwise the vehicle's battery power
could be depleted.
5. With the lock release button depressed,
pull the top latch outward to unlock.
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Unlock button
When the open switch is pressed, a beep
sound is heard.
The hardtop keeps opening and the
operation indicator light flashes while the
open switch is pressed.
If the switch is released while the hardtop is
opening, the hardtop stops opening. If the
switch is pressed again, the hardtop
resumes opening.
8. The deck opens.
Top latch
6. Verify that the operation indicator light
is illuminated and the lock is detached.
NOTE
If the windows are closed, the windows
automatically open partially when the deck
opens.
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9. The hardtop opens.
qClosing the Power Retractable
Hardtop
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 Neutral.
3. Apply the parking brake with the brake
pedal depressed.
4. Start the Engine.
10. The hardtop retracts under the deck.
NOTE
Do not open/close the hardtop with the engine
stopped. Otherwise the vehicle's battery power
could be depleted.
5. Press and hold the close button until
the hardtop closes completely.
11. The deck closes.
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When the operation is finished, a beep sound is
heard and the operation indicator light turns
off.
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When the close switch is pressed, a beep
sound is heard.
The hardtop keeps closing and the
operation indicator light flashes while the
close switch is pressed.
If the switch is released while the hardtop is
closing, the hardtop stops closing. If the
switch is pressed again, the hardtop
resumes closing.
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6. The deck opens.
8. The hardtop closes.
NOTE
9. The deck closes.
If the windows are closed, the windows
automatically open partially when the deck
opens.
7. The hardtop comes out from under the
deck.
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When the operation is finished, a beep
sound is heard and the operation indicator
light illuminates.
The power windows cannot be closed
automatically.
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10. Move the top latch slowly to make
sure the anchor engages with the
striker, then rotate the top latch to the
lock position until a click sound is
heard.
Striker
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The operation indicator light turns off when
the top latch hook is locked.
If the hardtop is not closed properly even
with the top latch locked, contact Mazda to
have it inspected.
qThe Power Retractable Hardtop
Does not Close
Anchor
CAUTION
Driving with the hardtop not fully
locked could damage the hardtop.
If the red indicator is visible on the
unlock button, the hardtop is not
locked. After locking the hardtop,
verify that the red indicator is not
visible.
Locked position
If the hardtop cannot be closed electrically
by pressing the close switch, verify the
power retractable hardtop operation
conditions first.
Refer to Operation Conditions on page
3-54.
If the power retractable hardtop cannot be
closed even after the operation conditions
are all met, have it checked at an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
If you are unable to have the hardtop
checked at an Authorized Mazda Dealer,
the hardtop can be closed manually as an
emergency measure.
The procedure for manually closing the
hardtop is as follows:
1. Release the locks of the deck and open
it. (Refer to Opening the deck)
2. Lift up the hardtop and close it. (Refer
to Closing the hardtop)
Unlocked position
Red indicator
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3. Tie the ropes to the deck links and
close the deck. (Refer to Closing the
deck)
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CAUTION
Ø Do not drive the vehicle with the
hardtop open halfway.
Ø Do not perform the procedure in a
strong wind as it could cause an
unexpected accident.
Ø Two adults are required to
perform the procedure, especially
when lifting up the hardtop. Do
not do it alone so as not to cause
injury or vehicle damage.
Ø Some steps in the procedure
require using multiple tools at the
same time and a certain level of
technical expertise. In addition,
holding your body extended over
the car can result in muscle strains
so Mazda recommends having the
hardtop checked at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
WARNING
Verify that the ignition switch is in the
LOCK position before manually
operating the hardtop:
Manually retracting the hardtop with
the ignition switch not in the LOCK
position is dangerous as the retractor
motors could turn on suddenly and
cause injury resulting from hands or
fingers being pinched in the
mechanism.
Manual closing
Tool preparation
Locate the following tools in the glove
box.
Refer to Tool Storage on page 7-5.
Allen wrench
Eyebolt
NOTE
Rope
Use a suitable means of illumination, such as a
flashlight, to improve visibility under the deck
lid when performing this task.
Before closing manually
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 the ignition switch to the LOCK
position while depressing the brake
pedal.
4. Turn on the hazard warning flasher if it
is needed.
Opening the deck
1. Remove the antenna if it is installed.
Refer to Detachable Type on page 6-9.
CAUTION
Do the procedure with the antenna
removed. The antenna may be
damaged if it is left installed.
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The gear units on both sides have to be
unlocked to release the deck before it is
raised manually. Because the deck is heavy,
two adults are required to raise it.
The following describes the procedure for
the gear unit on one side. Perform the
procedure on both sides.
3. Use the eyebolt to get enough torque
on the short leg of the Allen wrench
and turn the Allen wrench 4 times
counterclockwise.
2. Insert the Allen wrench into the Allen
socket in the bolt head that is pointed
forward of the gear unit located under
the deck lid as shown in the figure.
Allen wrench
Deck
Gear unit
Bolt
Eyebolt
4. Disconnect the eyebolt from the Allen
wrench leaving the Allen wrench in
place, and insert the threaded end of
the eyebolt in the hole directly above
the Allen socket and tighten it
clockwise two full turns.
Allen wrench
Thread hole
NOTE
Eyebolt
The gear units are located underneath the
deck.
Bolt
Bolt
NOTE
Tighten the eyebolt with the Allen wrench
inserted. The Allen wrench can serve as a
reference for inserting the eyebolt more easily.
5. Remove the bolt, which is loosened
using the Allen wrench, by turning it
counterclockwise.
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After the bolt is clear of the hole, keep the
Allen wrench level while pulling it out with
the bolt attached so as to prevent the bolt
from hitting the vehicle and dropping.
Bring the removed bolt to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer. If you drop the bolt in the
vehicle by mistake, inform at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
9. Press the eyebolt against the sector
gear.
Eyebolt
Sector gear
Guide
6. Tighten the eyebolt by turning it
clockwise 5 more times.
Eyebolt
10. Press and rotate the sector gear
rearward to release the lock.
Eyebolt
Sector gear
Guide
7. Unscrew the eyebolt now by turning it
counterclockwise.
8. Insert the threaded end of the eyebolt
through the guide.
CAUTION
When releasing the sector gear lock
using the eyebolt, make sure the
eyebolt remains centered as you push
it against the sector gear lock. If the
eyebolt slips it could cause your hand
to veer and hit the vehicle resulting in
minor scrapes or bruises.
Eyebolt
Guide
11. Pull out the eyebolt from the guide
when the lock is released.
12. Do the same procedure on the other
side.
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13. Lift up the deck using two adults, one
on each side of the vehicle, and open
the deck completely.
Closing the hardtop
CAUTION
Ø The procedure should be done by
at least two adults. Do not do it
alone so as not to cause injury or
vehicle damage.
Ø Some steps in the procedure
require holding your body in a
strained position for extended
periods and if over exerted it could
result in injury.
Ø Be very careful when closing the
hardtop to prevent pinching and
possible injury.
CAUTION
Ø Lift the deck using two adults.
Doing it alone could result in
injury or the deck lid mechanism
being twisted which could damage
it.
Ø Do not let go of the deck lid on
both sides until it is fully open. The
deck lid could fall if it is released
too soon and cause injury.
Ø Do not attempt to forcefully lift the
deck. If the lock has not detached
and the deck is forcefully lifted, it
could damage the deck.
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1. Grasp the hardtop along the side and
front surfaces and lift it up enough to
create a clearance at the rear of
hardtop.
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2. Grasp the hardtop along the side and
rear surfaces and lift it up enough to
create a clearance behind the rear glass.
Closing the deck
1. Loop the center of the rope through the
pin on the link twice so that it does not
loosen.
Link
3. Grasp the hardtop along its side surface
and the rear area of the rear glass, pull
the hardtop towards the front of the
vehicle, and completely close it.
Pin
Rope
NOTE
Before closing the deck, two small ropes need
to be installed and tied into the trunk so that
the deck does not pop up while driving, and so
that the deck can be raised for servicing by an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
2. Route one end of the rope to the inside
of the vehicle passing it through the
gap in the trim. Route the other end to
the outside of the vehicle passing it
through the links.
To the inside of the vehicle
4. Lock the top latch.
Refer to Closing the Power Retractable
Hardtop on page 3-56.
Trim
Rope
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To the outside of the vehicle
5. Lightly pushing the deck downward,
pull the ropes to the rear along both
sides of the trunk to hold the deck
down.
NOTE
Pull the ropes horizontally to the vehicle rear.
Links
Rope
Rope
NOTE
Always route the one end of the rope to inside
of the vehicle. If it is not inside the vehicle, it
will be difficult to service the hardtop at an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
3. Do the same procedure on the other
side.
6. Lightly move the deck and verify that
it is secured completely.
4. Close the deck uniformly on both sides
using two adults, one on each side of
the vehicle.
7. Open the trunk using the key, and tie
the rope to the bracket and knot it twice
so that it does not loosen.
Rope
Bracket
CAUTION
Close the deck using two adults.
Doing it alone could result in injury
or the deck lid mechanism being
twisted which could damage it.
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CAUTION
Tie the ropes securely so that the
deck does not open while the vehicle
is being driven.
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NOTE
Open the trunk using the key. The remote
release button, advanced keyless entry
function, and the keyless entry system do not
operate when this emergency procedure is
done.
8. Tie off the other side rope the same
way.
9. Close the trunk lid.
After finishing the procedure
After finishing the procedure, have the
hardtop checked at an Authorized Mazda
Dealer as soon as possible.
WARNING
Drive the vehicle at a speed of 40 km/h
(25 mph) or lower before having the
hardtop checked at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer:
The hardtop may open while the
vehicle is being driven and cause an
accident.
NOTE
The trunk cannot be opened with the remote
release button, advanced keyless entry
function, and the keyless entry system as they
are disabled when this emergency procedure is
done.
qPower Retractable Hardtop
Appearance Care
Refer to Hardtop Maintenance (page
8-55) for information on retractable
hardtop appearance care.
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qWhen Warning Indicator/Beep is Activated
If an improper operation is performed or a system malfunction has occurred, the indicator light or a warning beep
is activated to notify the user of improper operation or a system malfunction.
Warning
What to check
Make sure that all the conditions for operating the
retractable hardtop have been met. If the chime sounds
A warning beep sound is heard when the open or close
despite having met all the operation conditions, consult
switch is pressed.
an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the system
inspected.
A warning beep sound is heard when the open or close The hardtop is not fully opened or closed. Press the
switch is released.
switch until the open or close operation is completed.
The hardtop has not completely opened or closed.
A warning beep sound is heard continuously and the
Continue to press the button until the operation is
indicator light is illuminated while the vehicle is driven. completed. After the hardtop is completely closed, latch
the top latch.
If the open or close button has not been operated and
The system may have a malfunction. Have the vehicle
the operation indicator light is flashing:
checked at an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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CAUTION
Immobilizer System (with
Advanced Key)
Do not allow the following when
starting the engine with the auxiliary
key due to an advanced key dead
battery or other malfunction.
Otherwise the signal from the
auxiliary key will not be received
correctly and the engine may not
start.
Ø Metal parts of other keys or metal
objects touch the key grip.
Ø Spare auxiliary keys or keys for
other vehicles equipped with an
immobilizer system touch or come
near the auxiliary key.
Ø Equipment containing electronic
components or cards with
magnetic strips such as credit
cards come near the auxiliary key.
The immobilizer system allows the engine
to start only with an advanced key the
system recognizes.
If someone attempts to start the engine
with an unrecognized key, the engine will
not start, thereby helping to prevent the
theft of your vehicle.
CAUTION
Ø Radio equipment like this is
governed by laws in the United
States.
Changes or modifications not
expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could
void the user's authority to
operate the equipment.
Ø To avoid damage to the key, do
not:
Ø Drop the key.
Ø Get the key wet.
Ø Expose the key to any kind of
magnetic field.
Ø Expose the key to high
temperatures on places such as
the dashboard or hood, under
direct sunlight.
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(U.S.A.)
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
(CANADA)
This device complies with RSS-210 of
Industry CANADA. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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qOperation
Arming
NOTE
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switch is turned from the ON position to
the ACC or LOCK position. The security
indicator light in the instrument cluster
flashes every 2 seconds until the system is
disarmed.
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Disarming
The system is disarmed when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON position with
the registered advanced key.
The security indicator light illuminates for
about 3 seconds and goes out.
If the engine doesn't start with the correct
ignition key, and the security indicator
light keeps illuminating or flashing, the
system may have a malfunction. Consult
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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The engine may not start and the security
indicator light may illuminate or flash if the
advanced key is placed in an area where it
is difficult for the system to detect the
signal, such as on the dashboard, or in the
glove box. Move the advanced key to
another place, turn the ignition switch to
the LOCK position, and then restart the
engine.
Signals from a TV or radio station, or from
a transceiver or a mobile telephone could
interfere with your immobilizer system. If
you are using the proper advanced key and
the engine fails to start, check the security
indicator light. If the indicator light is
flashing, turn the ignition switch to the
ACC or LOCK position and wait for a
while, then restart the engine. If it doesn't
start after 3 or more tries, contact an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
If the security indicator light flashes
continuously while you are driving, don't
shut off the engine. Go to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer and have it checked. If the
engine is shut off while the indicator light is
flashing, you won't be able to restart it.
Since the electronic codes are reset when
repairing the immobilizer system, the
advanced key (including auxiliary key) are
needed. Bring all the advanced keys
(including auxiliary keys) to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
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qMaintenance
If you have a problem with the
immobilizer system or the key, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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The advanced keys (including auxiliary key)
carry a unique electronic code. For this
reason, and to assure your safety, obtaining
a replacement advanced key (including
auxiliary key) requires some waiting time.
They are only available through an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Always keep a spare advanced key in case
one is lost. If an advanced key is lost,
consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as
soon as possible.
If you lose an advanced key (including
auxiliary key), an Authorized Mazda Dealer
will reset the electronic codes of your
remaining advanced keys (including
auxiliary keys) and immobilizer system.
Bring all the remaining advanced keys
(including auxiliary keys) to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer to reset.
Starting the vehicle with a key that has not
been reset is not possible.
qModification and Add-On
Equipment
Mazda cannot guarantee the immobilizer
system's operation if the system has been
modified or if any add-on equipment has
been installed to it.
Immobilizer System
(without Advanced Key)
The immobilizer system allows the engine
to start only with a key the system
recognizes.
If someone attempts to start the engine
with an unrecognized key, the engine will
not start, thereby helping to prevent the
theft of your vehicle.
CAUTION
Ø Radio equipment like this is
governed by laws in the United
States.
Changes or modifications not
expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could
void the user's authority to
operate the equipment.
Ø To avoid damage to the key, do
not:
Ø Drop the key.
Ø Get the key wet.
Ø Expose the key to any kind of
magnetic field.
Ø Expose the key to high
temperatures on places such as
the dashboard or hood, under
direct sunlight.
CAUTION
To avoid damage to your vehicle, do
not modify the system or install any
add-on equipment to the immobilizer
system or the vehicle.
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CAUTION
NOTE
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When starting the engine do not
allow the following, as the engine
may not start due to the electronic
signal from the ignition key not being
transmitted correctly.
Ø A key ring rests on the key grip.
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Ø Metal parts of other keys or metal
objects touch the key grip.
(U.S.A.)
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
(CANADA)
This device complies with RSS-210 of
Industry CANADA. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
qOperation
Arming
Ø Spare keys or keys for other
vehicles equipped with an
immobilizer system touch or come
near the key grip.
The system is armed when the ignition
switch is turned from the ON to the ACC
position.
The security indicator light in the
instrument panel flashes every 2 seconds
until the system is disarmed.
Disarming
Ø Devices for electronic purchases, or
security passage touch or come
near the key.
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The system is disarmed when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON position with
the correct ignition key.
The security indicator light illuminates for
about 3 seconds and goes out.
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If the engine doesn't start with the correct
ignition key, and the security indicator
light keeps illuminating or flashing, the
system may have a malfunction. Consult
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qMaintenance
NOTE
NOTE
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If the security indicator light comes on and
stays on when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position, the engine will not start.
Signals from a TV or radio station, or from
a transceiver or a mobile telephone, could
interfere with your immobilizer system. If
you are using the proper key and your
engine fails to start, check the security
indicator light. If it is flashing, remove the
ignition key and wait 2 seconds or more,
then reinsert it and try starting the engine
again. If it doesn't start after 3 or more
tries, contact an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
If the security indicator light flashes
continuously while you are driving, don't
shut off the engine. Go to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer and have it checked. If you
shut off the engine while the light is
flashing you won't be able to restart it.
Since the electronic codes are reset when
repairing the immobilizer system, the keys
are needed. Bring all the existing keys to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
If you have a problem with the
immobilizer system or the key, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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The keys carry a unique electronic code.
For this reason, and to assure your safety,
obtaining replacement key requires some
waiting time. They are only available
through an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Always keep a spare key, in case one is lost.
If a key is lost, contact an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.
If you lose a key, an Authorized Mazda
Dealer will reset the electronic codes of
your remaining keys and immobilizer
system. Bring all the remaining keys to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer to reset.
Starting the vehicle with a key that has not
been reset is not possible.
qModification and Add-On
Equipment
Mazda cannot guarantee the immobilizer
system's operation if the system has been
modified or if any add-on equipment has
been installed to it.
CAUTION
To avoid damage to your vehicle, do
not modify the system or install any
add-on equipment to the immobilizer
system or the vehicle.
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Theft-Deterrent System í
If the theft deterrent system detects an
inappropriate entry into the vehicle, which
could result in the vehicle or its contents
being stolen, the alarm alerts the
surrounding area of an abnormality by
sounding the horn and flashing the hazard
warning lights.
Refer to Operation on page 3-72.
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The theft-deterrent system operates with the
key or the keyless entry system transmitter.
(With advanced key)
The theft-deterrent system can also be
operated using a request switch or the start
knob.
The system operates only when the driver is
in the vehicle or within operational range
while the advanced key is being carried.
The system will not function unless it is
properly armed. To properly secure the
vehicle, always make sure both windows
are completely closed and both doors and
the trunk lid are locked before leaving the
vehicle. Remember to take your key and
transmitter.
qOperation
System triggering conditions
The horn sounds intermittently and the
hazard warning lights flash for about 25
seconds when the system is triggered by
any one of the following:
l Forcing open a door, the hood or the
trunk lid.
l Unlocking a door with the door lock
switch.
l Opening a door by operating an inside
door-lock knob.
l Opening the hood by operating the
hood release handle.
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Opening the trunk lid by operating the
trunk lid release button.
If the system is triggered again, the lights
and horn will activate until a door is
unlocked or the trunk lid is opened with
the key or with the transmitter.
(With advanced key)
The lights and horn can also be
deactivated by pressing a request switch.
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qHow to Arm the System
1. Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
(With advanced key)
Turn the start knob to the LOCK
position.
2. Make sure the hood and the trunk lid
are closed. Close and lock both doors
from the outside using the key. If you
have the keyless entry system, press
the lock button on the transmitter.
(With advanced key)
Press a request switch on the doors or
the lock button on the transmitter.
The hazard warning lights will flash
once to indicate that the system is
armed.
(Without advanced key)
The following method will also arm the
theft-deterrent system:
Close the hood and the trunk lid . Press
the area on the door-lock switch
marked “LOCK” once. Close both
doors.
NOTE
Locking the doors with the inside door-lock
knob will not arm the system.
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Security System
qTo Turn off an Armed System
An armed system can be turned off by any
one of the following methods:
l Unlock a door with the key.
l Press the unlock button on the keyless
entry system transmitter.
l Insert the key into the ignition switch
and turn it to the ON position.
l (With advanced key)
Press a request switch on the doors
or the unlock button on the
transmitter.
Turn the start knob to the ON
position.
qTheft-Deterrent Labels
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The hazard warning lights will flash twice
to indicate that the system is turned off.
NOTE
The trunk lid can be opened with the key or the
transmitter even when the system is armed. The
alarm will not come on and the system will
remain armed.
A label indicating that your vehicle is
equipped with a Theft-Deterrent System is
in the glove box.
Mazda recommends that you affix it to the
lower rear corner of a front door window.
qTo Stop an Alarm
A triggered alarm can be turned off by
any one of the following methods:
l Unlock a door with the key.
l Open the trunk lid with the key.
l Press the unlock button or press and
hold the trunk button on the keyless
entry system transmitter.
l (With advanced key)
Press a request switch on the doors.
Press the unlock button or press and
hold the trunk button on the
transmitter.
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NOTE
If you have any problem with the theftdeterrent system, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer.
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Steering Wheel and Mirrors
Steering Wheel
WARNING
Never adjust the steering wheel while
the vehicle is moving:
Adjusting the steering wheel while
the vehicle is moving is dangerous.
Moving it can very easily cause the
driver to abruptly turn to the left or
right. This can lead to loss of control
or an accident.
qTilt Steering Wheel
To change the angle of the steering wheel,
stop the vehicle, pull the tilt wheel release
lever under the steering column down,
adjust the wheel, then push the release
lever up to lock the column.
Tilt wheel release
lever
Mirrors
qOutside Mirrors
Check the mirror angles before driving.
Mirror type
Flat type (driver's side)
Flat surface mirror.
Convex type (passenger side)
The mirror has single curvature on its
surface.
WARNING
Be sure to look over your shoulder
before changing lanes:
Changing lanes without taking into
account the actual distance of the
vehicle in the convex mirror is
dangerous. You could have a serious
accident. What you see in the convex
mirror is closer than it appears.
Power mirror
The ignition switch must be in the ACC
or ON position.
To adjust:
1. Press the left or right side of the
selector switch to choose the left or
right side mirror.
After adjusting, push the wheel up and
down to be certain it's locked before
driving.
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Steering Wheel and Mirrors
2. Depress the mirror switch in the
appropriate direction.
Selector switch
Outside mirror
qRearview Mirror
Rearview mirror adjustment
Before driving, adjust the rearview mirror
to center on the scene through the rear
window.
Mirror switch
After adjusting the mirror, lock the control
by placing the selector switch in the
middle position.
Folding the mirror
Fold the outside mirror rearward until it is
flush with the vehicle.
Reducing glare from headlights
Adjust the mirror with the day/night lever
in the day position.
Push the lever forward for day driving.
Pull it back to reduce glare from
headlights.
Day/Night lever
WARNING
Always return the outside mirrors to
the driving position before you start
driving:
Driving with the outside mirrors
folded in is dangerous. Your rear view
will be restricted, and you could have
an accident.
Day
Night
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Steering Wheel and Mirrors
WARNING
Do not stack cargo or objects higher
than the seatbacks:
Cargo stacked higher than the
seatbacks is dangerous. It can block
your view in the rearview mirror,
which might cause you to hit another
car when changing lanes.
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Before Driving Your Mazda
Important information about driving your Mazda.
Fuel and Engine Exhaust Precautions ........................................
Fuel Requirements ....................................................................
Emission Control System ..........................................................
Engine Exhaust (Carbon Monoxide) .........................................
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4-3
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Before Starting the Engine ........................................................... 4-5
Before Getting In ...................................................................... 4-5
After Getting In ......................................................................... 4-5
Driving Tips ................................................................................... 4-6
Break-In Period ......................................................................... 4-6
Money-Saving Suggestions ...................................................... 4-6
Hazardous Driving .................................................................... 4-7
Rocking the Vehicle .................................................................. 4-8
Winter Driving .......................................................................... 4-8
Driving In Flooded Area ......................................................... 4-10
Overloading ............................................................................ 4-10
Towing .......................................................................................... 4-11
Trailer Towing ......................................................................... 4-11
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Fuel and Engine Exhaust Precautions
Fuel Requirements
Vehicles with catalytic converters or oxygen sensors must use ONLY UNLEADED FUEL,
which will reduce exhaust emissions and keep spark plug fouling to a minimum.
Your Mazda will perform best with fuel listed in the table.
Fuel
Premium unleaded fuel
Octane Rating*(Anti-knock index)
91 [ (R+M)/2 method] or above (96 RON or above)
* U.S. federal law requires that octane ratings be posted on gasoline station pumps.
You may use a regular unleaded fuel with an Octane Rating from 87 to 90 (91 to 95 RON)
but this will slightly reduce performance, such as reduced engine output, and engine
knocking.
Fuel with a rating lower than 87 octane (91 RON) could cause the emission control system
to lose effectiveness. It could also cause engine knocking and serious engine damage.
CAUTION
Ø USE ONLY UNLEADED FUEL.
Leaded fuel is harmful to the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors and will lead
to deterioration of the emission control system and or failures.
Ø Your vehicle can only use oxygenated fuels containing no more than 10% ethanol
by volume. Damage to your vehicle may occur when ethanol exceeds this
recommendation, or if the gasoline contains any methanol. Stop using gasohol of
any kind if your vehicle engine is performing poorly.
Ø Never add fuel system additives. Never add cleaning agents other than those
specified by Mazda. Other cleaning agents and additives may damage the system.
Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Gasoline blended with oxygenates such as alcohol or ether compounds are generally
referred to as oxygenated fuels. The common gasoline blend that can be used with your
vehicle is ethanol blended at no more than 10%. Gasoline containing alcohol, such as
ethanol or methanol, may be marketed under the name “Gasohol”.
Vehicle damage and drivability problems resulting from the use of the following may not
be covered by the Mazda warranty.
l Gasohol containing more than 10% ethanol.
l Gasoline or gasohol containing methanol.
l Leaded fuel or leaded gasohol.
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Fuel and Engine Exhaust Precautions
Emission Control System
Your vehicle is equipped with an emission control system (the catalytic converter is part of
this system) that enables your vehicle to comply with existing exhaust emissions
requirements.
WARNING
Never park over or near anything flammable:
Parking over or near anything flammable, such as dry grass, is dangerous. Even with
the engine turned off, the exhaust system remains very hot after normal use and
could ignite anything flammable. A resulting fire could cause serious injury or death.
CAUTION
Ignoring the following precautions could cause lead to accumulate on the catalyst
inside the converter or cause the converter to get very hot. Either condition will
damage the converter and cause poor performance.
Ø USE ONLY UNLEADED FUEL.
Ø Don't drive your Mazda with any sign of engine malfunction.
Ø Don't coast with the ignition switch turned off.
Ø Don't descend steep grades in gear with the ignition switch turned off.
Ø Don't operate the engine at high idle for more than 2 minutes.
Ø Don't tamper with the emission control system. All inspections and adjustments
must be made by a qualified technician.
Ø Don't push-start or pull-start your vehicle.
NOTE
Under U.S. federal law, any modification to the original-equipment emission control system before
the first sale and registration of a vehicle is subject to penalties. In some states, such modification
made on a used vehicle is also subject to penalties.
NOTE
While the engine is off, the sound of a valve opening and closing can be heard below the trunk,
however this does not indicate an abnormality. Your vehicle has a self-checking device and it
operates while the engine is off.
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Fuel and Engine Exhaust Precautions
Engine Exhaust (Carbon Monoxide)
WARNING
Do not drive your vehicle if you smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle:
Engine exhaust gas is dangerous. This gas contains carbon monoxide (CO), which is
colorless, odorless, and poisonous. When inhaled, it can cause loss of consciousness
and death. If you smell exhaust gas inside your vehicle, keep all windows fully open
and contact an Authorized Mazda Dealer immediately.
Do not run the engine when inside an enclosed area:
Running the engine inside an enclosed area, such as a garage, is dangerous. Exhaust
gas, which contains poisonous carbon monoxide, could easily enter the cabin. Loss
of consciousness or even death could occur.
Open the windows or adjust the heating or cooling system to draw fresh air when
idling the engine:
Exhaust gas is dangerous. When your vehicle is stopped with the windows closed
and the engine running for a long time even in an open area, exhaust gas, which
contains poisonous carbon monoxide, could enter the cabin. Loss of consciousness or
even death could occur.
Clear snow from underneath and around your vehicle, particularly the tail pipe,
before starting the engine:
Running the engine when a vehicle is stopped in deep snow is dangerous. The
exhaust pipe could be blocked by the snow, allowing exhaust gas to enter the cabin.
Because exhaust gas contains poisonous carbon monoxide, it could cause loss of
consciousness or even death to occupants in the cabin.
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Before Starting the Engine
Before Getting In
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Be sure the windows, outside mirrors,
and outside lights are clean.
Inspect inflation pressures and
condition of tires.
Look under the vehicle for any sign of
fluid leaks.
If you plan to back up, make sure
nothing is in your way.
NOTE
Engine oil, engine coolant, brake/clutch fluid,
washer fluid, and other fluid levels should be
inspected. See Maintenance, Section 8.
After Getting In
Are all doors closed and locked?
Is the seat adjusted properly?
l Are the inside and outside mirrors
adjusted?
l Is each occupant's seat belt fastened?
l Check all gauges.
l Check all warning lights when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
position.
l Release the parking brake and make
sure the brake warning light goes off.
Always be thoroughly familiar with your
Mazda.
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Driving Tips
Break-In Period
Money-Saving Suggestions
No special break-in is necessary, but a few
precautions in the first 1,000 km (600
miles) may add to the performance,
economy, and life of your Mazda.
l Don't race the engine.
l Don't maintain one constant speed,
either slow or fast, for a long period of
time.
l Don't drive constantly at full-throttle or
high engine rpm for extended periods
of time.
l Avoid unnecessary hard stops.
l Avoid full-throttle starts.
How you operate your Mazda determines
how far it will travel on a tank of fuel. Use
these suggestions to help save money on
fuel and repairs.
l Avoid long warm-ups. Once the engine
runs smoothly, begin driving.
l Avoid fast starts.
l Keep the engine tuned. Follow the
maintenance schedule (page 8-3) and
have an Authorized Mazda Dealer
perform inspections and servicing.
l Use the air conditioner only when
necessary.
l Slow down on rough roads.
l Keep the tires properly inflated.
l Don't carry unnecessary weight.
l Don't rest your foot on the brake pedal
while driving.
l Keep the wheels in correct alignment.
l Keep windows closed at high speeds.
l Slow down when driving in crosswinds
and headwinds.
WARNING
Never stop the engine when going
down a hill:
Stopping the engine when going
down a hill is dangerous. This causes
the loss of power steering and power
brake control, and may cause
damage to the drivetrain. Any loss of
steering or braking control could
cause an accident.
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Driving Tips
Hazardous Driving
NOTE
Use snow chains only on the rear wheels.
WARNING
Be extremely careful if it is necessary to
downshift on slippery surfaces:
Downshifting into lower gear while
driving on slippery surfaces is
dangerous. The sudden change in tire
speed could cause the tires to skid.
This could lead to loss of vehicle
control and an accident.
Do not rely on ABS as a substitute for
safe driving:
The ABS cannot compensate for
unsafe and reckless driving, excessive
speed, tailgating (following another
vehicle too closely), driving on ice and
snow, and hydroplaning (reduced tire
friction and road contact because of
water on the road surface). You can
still have an accident.
When driving on ice or in water, snow,
mud, sand, or similar hazard:
l Be cautious and allow extra distance
for braking.
l Avoid sudden braking and quick
steering.
l If your vehicle is not equipped with
ABS, brake with the pedal by using a
light up-down motion. Do not hold the
pedal down constantly.
If your vehicle is equipped with ABS,
do not pump the brakes. Continue to
press down on the brake pedal.
l If you get stuck, select a lower gear and
accelerate slowly. Do not spin the rear
wheels.
l For more traction in starting on
slippery surfaces such as ice or packed
snow, use sand, rock salt, chains,
carpeting, or other nonslip material
under the rear wheels.
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Driving Tips
Rocking the Vehicle
WARNING
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 speed is
dangerous. The spinning tire could
overheat and explode. This could
cause serious injuries.
CAUTION
Too much rocking may cause engine
overheating, transmission failure,
and tire damage.
If you must rock the vehicle to free it from
snow, sand or mud, depress the
accelerator slightly and slowly move the
shift lever from 1 (D) to R.
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
perform the following precautions:
l Have the proper ratio of antifreeze in
the radiator.
Refer to Engine Coolant on page 8-23.
l Inspect the battery and its cables. Cold
reduces battery capacity.
l Inspect the ignition system for damage
and loose connections.
l Use washer fluid made with
antifreeze―but don't use engine
coolant antifreeze for washer fluid
(page 8-26).
l Don't use the parking brake in freezing
weather as the parking brake may
freeze. Instead, shift to P with an
automatic transmission and to 1 or R
with a manual transmission. Block the
rear wheels.
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qSnow Tires
Use snow tires on all four wheels
Don't 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
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.
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Driving Tips
WARNING
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.
CAUTION
Check local regulations before using
studded tires.
NOTE
If your vehicle is equipped with the tire
pressure monitoring system, the system may
not function correctly when using tires with
steel wire reinforcement in the sidewalls (page
5-31).
NOTE
If your vehicle is equipped with the tire
pressure monitoring system, the system may
not function correctly when using tire chains.
Install the chains on the rear tires.
Do not use chains on the front tires.
Please consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer.
Installing the chains
1. Secure the chains on the rear tires as
tightly as possible. Always follow the
chain manufacturer's instructions.
2. Retighten the chains after driving 1/2
―1 km (1/4―1/2 mile).
qTire Chains
Check local regulations before using tire
chains.
CAUTION
Ø Chains may affect handling.
Ø Do not go faster than 50 km/h (30
mph) or the chain manufacturer's
recommended limit, whichever is
lower.
Ø Drive carefully and avoid bumps,
holes, and sharp turns.
Ø Avoid locked-wheel braking.
Ø Do not use chains on roads that
are free of snow or ice. The tires
and chains could be damaged.
Ø Chains may scratch or chip
aluminum wheels.
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Driving Tips
Driving In Flooded Area
WARNING
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 vehicle pulling to one
side when braking could result in a
serious accident. Light braking will
indicate whether the brakes have
been affected.
CAUTION
Do not drive the vehicle on flooded
roads as it could cause short
circuiting of electrical/electronic
parts, or engine damage or stalling
from water absorption. If the vehicle
has been immersed in water, consult
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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WARNING
Be careful not to overload your vehicle:
The gross axle weight rating (GAWR)
and the gross vehicle weight rating
(GVWR) of your vehicle are on the
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Label
on the driver's door frame. Exceeding
these ratings can cause an accident
or vehicle damage. You can estimate
the weight of your load by weighing
the items (or people) before putting
them in the vehicle.
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Towing
Trailer Towing
The Mazda MX-5 is not designed for
towing. Never tow a trailer with your
Mazda MX-5.
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Explanation of instruments and controls.
Starting and Driving ..................................................................... 5-2
Ignition Switch .......................................................................... 5-2
Starting the Engine .................................................................... 5-4
Brake System ............................................................................ 5-5
Manual Transmission Operation ............................................. 5-10
Automatic Transmission Controls ........................................... 5-12
Power Steering ........................................................................ 5-19
Cruise Control ......................................................................... 5-19
Traction Control System (TCS) í ........................................... 5-23
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) í ........................................ 5-24
Tire Pressure Monitoring System í ......................................... 5-27
Instrument Cluster and Indicators ............................................ 5-34
Meters and Gauges .................................................................. 5-34
Warning/Indicator Lights and Beep Sounds ............................ 5-39
Warning/Indicator Lights ........................................................ 5-39
Beep Sounds ........................................................................... 5-52
Switches and Controls ................................................................
Lighting Control .....................................................................
Turn and Lane-Change Signals ...............................................
Fog Lights í ............................................................................
Windshield Wipers and Washer ..............................................
Rear Window Defroster ...........................................................
Horn ........................................................................................
Hazard Warning Flasher ..........................................................
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Starting and Driving
Ignition Switch
Auxiliary key (with advanced key)
qIgnition Switch Positions
With advanced
key
NOTE
When starting the engine using the advanced
key, refer to Starting the Engine (page 3-10).
When starting the engine with the
auxiliary key, perform the following
procedure.
Without advanced
key
1. Remove the auxiliary key from the
advanced key (page 3-16).
2. Make sure the start knob is in LOCK
position.
3. Remove the start knob by pulling it
outward while pressing the buttons on
both the left and right sides.
LOCK
The steering wheel locks to protect
against theft. Only in this position can the
key be removed.
Manual Transmission Vehicle
Push the key
4. Insert the auxiliary key in the ignition
switch.
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Starting and Driving
Automatic Transmission Vehicle
WARNING
Remove the key only when the vehicle
is parked:
Removing the key from the ignition
switch while the vehicle is moving is
dangerous. Removing the key allows
the steering wheel to lock. You will
lose steering control and a serious
accident could occur. (For vehicles
equipped with the advanced key, the
steering wheel locks when the starter
knob is turned to the LOCK position.)
Before leaving the driver's seat, always
put the key or start knob to LOCK
position, set the parking brake and
make sure the shift lever is in P with an
automatic transmission or in 1 or R
with a manual transmission:
Intentionally placing the key or start
knob into LOCK position is much
more important where you will not
be removing the key to leave the
vehicle and because leaving it in
other positions will disable some of
the vehicle security systems and run
the battery down.
Leaving the driver's seat without
putting the ignition switch in LOCK
position, setting the parking brake
and the shift lever is in P with an
automatic transmission or in 1 or R
with a manual transmission is
dangerous. Unexpected vehicle
movement could occur. This could
cause an accident.
NOTE
If turning the key is difficult, jiggle the steering
wheel from side to side.
Leaving the key or start knob in any position
but LOCK position also disables some of the
security features and may run the battery
down.
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Starting and Driving
ACC (Accessory)
The steering wheel unlocks and some
electrical accessories will operate.
ON
This is the normal running position after
the engine is started. The warning lights
should be inspected before the engine is
started (page 5-39).
NOTE
When the ignition switch is turned to the ON
position, the sound of the fuel pump motor
operating near the fuel tank can be heard. This
does not indicate an abnormality.
START
The engine is started in this position. It
will crank until you release the key; then
it returns to the ON position.
qIgnition Key Reminder
If the ignition switch is in the LOCK or
ACC position with the key inserted, a
continuous beep sound will be heard
when the driver's door is opened.
Starting the Engine
NOTE
Engine-starting is controlled by the spark
ignition system.
This system meets all Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Standard requirements
regulating the impulse electrical field strength
of radio noise.
1. Occupants should fasten their seat
belts.
2. Make sure the parking brake is on.
3. Depress the brake pedal.
4. (Manual transmission)
Depress the clutch pedal all the way
and shift into neutral.
Keep the clutch pedal depressed while
cranking the engine.
(Automatic transmission)
Put the vehicle in park (P). If you must
restart the engine while the vehicle is
moving, shift into neutral (N).
NOTE
(Manual transmission)
The starter will not operate if the clutch pedal
is not depressed all the way.
(Automatic transmission)
The starter will not operate if the shift lever is
not in P or N.
5. Turn the ignition switch to the START
position and hold (up to 10 seconds at
a time) until the engine starts.
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Starting and Driving
CAUTION
Don't try the starter for more than 10
seconds at a time. If the engine stalls
or fails to start, wait 10 seconds
before trying again. Otherwise, you
may damage the starter and drain
the battery.
6. After starting the engine, let it idle for
about 10 seconds.
NOTE
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In extremely cold weather or after the
vehicle has not been driven in several days,
let the engine warm up without operating
the accelerator.
Whether the engine is cold or warm, it
should be started without use of the
accelerator.
Brake System
qFoot Brake
Your Mazda has power-assisted brakes
that adjust automatically through normal
use.
Should power-assist fail, you can stop by
applying greater force than normal to the
brake pedal. But the distance required to
stop will be greater than usual.
WARNING
Do not coast with the engine stalled or
turned off, find a safe place to stop:
Coasting with the engine stalled or
turned off is dangerous. Braking will
require more effort, and the brake's
power-assist could be depleted if you
pump the brake. This will cause
longer stopping distances or even an
accident.
Shift to a lower gear when going down
steep hills:
Driving with your foot continuously
on the brake pedal or steadily
applying the brakes for long
distances is dangerous. This causes
overheated brakes, resulting in
longer stopping distances or even
total brake failure. This could cause
loss of vehicle control and a serious
accident. Avoid continuous
application of the brakes.
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WARNING
Dry brakes that have become wet by
driving very slowly and applying the
brakes lightly until brake performance
is normal:
Driving with wet brakes is
dangerous. Increased stopping
distance or the vehicle pulling to one
side when braking could result in a
serious accident. Light braking will
indicate whether the brakes have
been affected.
qParking Brake
WARNING
Before leaving the driver's seat, always
put the key or start knob to LOCK
position, set the parking brake and
make sure the shift lever is in P with an
automatic transmission or in 1 or R
with a manual transmission:
Intentionally placing the key or start
knob into LOCK position is much
more important where you will not
be removing the key to leave the
vehicle and because leaving it in
other positions will disable some of
the vehicle security systems and run
the battery down.
Leaving the driver's seat without
putting the ignition switch in LOCK
position, setting the parking brake
and the shift lever is in P with an
automatic transmission or in 1 or R
with a manual transmission is
dangerous. Unexpected vehicle
movement could occur. This could
cause an accident.
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CAUTION
Driving with the parking brake on
will cause excessive wear of the brake
linings or pads.
NOTE
For parking in snow, refer to Winter Driving
(page 4-8) regarding parking brake use.
Setting the parking brake
Depress the brake pedal and then firmly
pull the parking brake lever fully upwards
with a greater amount of force than is
required so that the vehicle holds in the
stationary position.
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Releasing the parking brake
Depress the brake pedal and pull the
parking brake lever upwards, then press
the release button. While holding the
button, lower the parking brake lever all
the way down to the released position.
You may notice that the pedal is harder to
push or that it may go closer to the floor.
In either case, it will take longer to stop
the vehicle.
1. With the engine stopped, check the
brake fluid level immediately and add
fluid as required (page 8-25).
2. After adding fluid, check the light
again.
If the warning light remains on, or if the
brakes do not operate properly, do not
drive the vehicle. Have it towed to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Even if the light goes out have your brake
system inspected as soon as possible by
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qBrake System Warning Light
NOTE
Having to add brake fluid is sometimes an
indicator of leakage. Consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible even if the
brake light is no longer illuminated.
WARNING
This warning has the following functions:
Parking brake warning
The light comes on when the parking
brake is applied with the ignition switch
in the START or ON position. It goes off
when the parking brake is fully released.
Low brake fluid level warning
If the light stays on after the parking brake
is fully released, you may have a brake
problem.
Do not drive with the brake system
warning light illuminated. Contact an
Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the
brakes inspected as soon as possible:
Driving with the brake system
warning light illuminated is
dangerous. It indicates that your
brakes may not work at all or that
they could completely fail at any
time. If this light remains
illuminated, after checking that the
parking brake is fully released, have
the brakes inspected immediately.
Drive to the side of the road and park off
the right-of-way.
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qAnti-Lock Brake System (ABS) í
qABS Warning Light í
The ABS control unit continuously
monitors the speed of each wheel. If one
is about to lock up, the ABS responds by
automatically releasing and reapplying
that wheel's brake.
The driver will feel a slight vibration in
the brake pedal and may hear a chattering
noise from the brake system. This is
normal when the ABS operates. Don't
pump the brakes, continue to press down
on the brake pedal.
WARNING
Do not rely on ABS as a substitute for
safe driving:
The ABS cannot compensate for
unsafe and reckless driving, excessive
speed, tailgating (following another
vehicle too closely), driving on ice and
snow, and hydroplaning (reduced tire
friction and road contact because of
water on the road surface). You can
still have an accident.
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surfaces (snow or gravel, for example)
which usually have a hard foundation. A
vehicle with a normal braking system may
require less distance to stop under these
conditions because the tires will build up a
wedge of surface layer when the wheels
skid.
The sound of the ABS operating may be
heard when starting the engine or
immediately after starting the vehicle.
However, it does not indicate a malfunction.
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The warning light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
If the ABS warning light stays on while
you're driving, the ABS control unit has
detected a system malfunction. If this
occurs, your brakes will function normally
as if the vehicle had no ABS.
Should this happen, consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.
NOTE
When the engine is jump-started to charge the
battery, uneven rpm occurs and the ABS
warning light comes on. This is due to a weak
battery, not a malfunction.
Recharge the battery.
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qElectronic Brake Force
Distribution System Warning í
qBrake Pad Wear Indicator
When the disc brake pads become worn,
the built-in wear indicators contact the
disc plates. This causes a screeching noise
to warn that the pads should be replaced.
If the electronic brake force distribution
control unit determines that some
components are operating incorrectly, the
control unit may turn the brake system
warning light and the ABS warning light
on at the same time. The problem is likely
to be the electronic brake force
distribution system.
WARNING
Do not drive with both the ABS warning
light and brake warning light
illuminated. Have the vehicle towed to
an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have
the brakes inspected as soon as
possible:
Driving when the brake system
warning light and ABS warning light
are illuminated at the same time is
dangerous.
When both lights are illuminated, the
rear wheels could lock more quickly
in an emergency stop than under
normal circumstances.
When you hear this noise, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as
possible.
WARNING
Do not drive with worn disc pads:
Driving with worn disc pads is
dangerous. The brakes could fail and
cause a serious accident. As soon as
you hear a screeching noise consult
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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Manual Transmission
Operation
qManual Transmission Shift Pattern
(6-speed transmission)
Vehicles with 6-speed transmission are
equipped with a device to prevent shifting
to R (reverse) by mistake. Push the shift
lever downward and shift to R.
5-speed transmission
Neutral position
6-speed transmission
Neutral position
The vehicle is equipped with either a 5speed or 6-speed manual transmission.
The shift pattern for each is shown above.
Depress the clutch pedal all the way down
while shifting; then release it slowly.
(5-speed transmission)
A safety feature prevents accidental
shifting from 5 to R (reverse). The shift
lever must be put in neutral before being
shifted to R.
WARNING
Do not use sudden engine braking on
slippery road surfaces or at high
speeds:
Shifting down while driving on wet,
snowy, or frozen roads, or while
driving at high speeds causes sudden
engine braking, which is dangerous.
The sudden change in tire speed
could cause the tires to skid. This
could lead to loss of vehicle control
and an accident.
Be sure to leave the shift lever in 1 or R
position and set the parking brake
when leaving the vehicle unattended:
Otherwise the vehicle could move
and cause an accident.
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CAUTION
Ø Keep your foot off the clutch pedal
except when shifting gears. Also,
don't use the clutch to hold the
vehicle on an upgrade. Riding the
clutch will cause needless clutch
wear and damage.
Ø Make sure the vehicle comes to a
complete stop before shifting to R.
Shifting to R while the vehicle is
still moving may damage the
transmission.
Downshifting
When you must slow down in heavy
traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift
before the engine starts to overwork. This
reduces the chance of stalling and gives
better acceleration when you need more
speed.
On a steep downgrade, downshifting
helps maintain safe speed and prolongs
brake life.
NOTE
If shifting to R is difficult, shift back into
neutral, release the clutch pedal, and try
again.
qRecommendations for Shifting
Upshifting
For normal acceleration, we recommend
these shift points.
Gear
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
5 to 6
5-speed
transmission
24 km/h (15 mph)
42 km/h (26 mph)
55 km/h (34 mph)
66 km/h (41 mph)
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6-speed
transmission
23 km/h (14 mph)
37 km/h (23 mph)
50 km/h (31 mph)
56 km/h (35 mph)
66 km/h (41 mph)
For cruising
Gear
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
5 to 6
5-speed
transmission
15 km/h (9 mph)
29 km/h (18 mph)
47 km/h (29 mph)
61 km/h (38 mph)
―
6-speed
transmission
18 km/h (11 mph)
32 km/h (20 mph)
44 km/h (27 mph)
56 km/h (35 mph)
68 km/h (42 mph)
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Automatic Transmission Controls
Various Lockouts:
Indicates that you must depress the brake pedal to shift (The ignition
switch must be in the ACC or ON position).
Indicates the shift lever can be shifted freely into any position.
NOTE
This Sport AT has an option that is not included in traditional automatic transmission - giving the
driver the option of selecting each gear instead of leaving it to the transmission to shift gears. Even if
you intend to use the automatic transmission functions as a traditional automatic, you should also be
aware that you can inadvertently shift into manual shift mode and an inappropriate gear may be
retained as you change speeds. If you notice the engine speed going higher or hear the engine racing,
confirm you have not accidentally slipped into manual shift mode (page 5-14).
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qTransmission Ranges
The shift lever must be in P or N to
operate the starter.
P (Park)
P locks the transmission and prevents the
rear wheels from rotating.
WARNING
Always set the shift lever to P and set
the parking brake:
Only setting the shift lever to the P
position without using the parking
brake to hold the vehicle is
dangerous. If P fails to hold, the
vehicle could move and cause an
accident.
CAUTION
Ø Shifting into P, N or R while the
vehicle is moving can damage
your transmission.
Ø Shifting into a driving gear or
reverse when the engine is running
faster than idle can damage the
transmission.
R (Reverse)
In position R, the vehicle moves only
backward. You must be at a complete stop
before shifting to or from R, except under
rare circumstances as explained in
Rocking the Vehicle (page 4-8).
N (Neutral)
In N, the wheels and transmission are not
locked. The vehicle will roll freely even
on the slightest incline unless the parking
brake or brakes are on.
WARNING
If the engine is running faster than idle,
do not shift from N or P into a driving
gear:
It's dangerous to shift from N or P
into a driving gear when the engine
is running faster than idle. If this is
done, the vehicle could move
suddenly, causing an accident or
serious injury.
Do not shift into N when driving the
vehicle:
Shifting into N while driving is
dangerous. Engine braking cannot be
applied when decelerating which
could lead to an accident or serious
injury.
CAUTION
Do not shift into N when driving the
vehicle. Doing so can cause
transmission damage.
NOTE
Apply the parking brake or depress the brake
pedal before moving the shift lever from N to
prevent the vehicle from moving unexpectedly.
D (Drive)
D is the normal driving position. From a
stop, the transmission will automatically
shift through a 6-gear sequence.
M (Manual)
M is the manual shift mode position.
Gears can be shifted up or down by
operating the shift lever or steering shift
switches.
Refer to Manual Shift Mode (page 5-14).
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qShift-Lock System
qManual Shift Mode
The shift-lock system prevents shifting
out of P unless the brake pedal is
depressed.
This mode gives you the feel of driving a
manual transmission vehicle by operating
the shift lever and allows you to control
engine rpm and torque to the rear wheels
much like a manual transmission when
more control is desired.
To shift from P:
1. Depress and hold the brake pedal.
2. Start the engine.
3. Move the shift lever.
To change to manual shift mode, shift the
lever from D to M.
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When the ignition switch is in the LOCK
position, the shift lever cannot be shifted
from P.
To be sure the vehicle is in park, the
ignition key cannot be removed unless the
shift lever is in P.
(With Advanced Key)
The ignition switch cannot be turned from
the ACC position to the LOCK position
when the shift lever is not in P.
To return to automatic shift mode, shift
the lever from M to D.
NOTE
If you change to manual shift mode when the
vehicle is stopped, the gear will shift to M1.
Indicators
Shift position indicator
In manual shift mode, the “M” of the shift
position indicator in the instrument panel
illuminates.
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Gear position indicator
The numeral for the selected gear
illuminates.
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If the steering shift switches on both sides
(left and right) are operated simultaneously,
the gear will shift once.
The gear will not shift if:
The steering shift switch and the shift
lever are operated simultaneously.
The UP switch and DOWN switch are
operated simultaneously.
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Gear position
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Manually Shifting up
(M1→M2→M3→M4→M5→M6)
To shift up to a higher gear, tap the shift
lever back ( ) once.
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If the gears cannot be shifted down when
driving at higher speeds, the gear position
indicator will flash twice to signal that the
gears cannot be shifted down.
If the automatic transmission fluid (ATF)
temperature becomes too high, there is the
possibility that the transmission will switch
to automatic shift mode, canceling manual
shift mode and turning off the gear position
indicator illumination. This is a normal
function to protect the AT. After the ATF
temperature has decreased, the gear
position indicator illumination turns back
on and driving in manual shift mode is
restored.
To shift up to a higher gear with the
steering shift switches, tap either of the
UP switches toward you once with your
fingers.
UP switches
Shifting
You can shift gears up and down by
operating the shift lever or the steering
shift switches.
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WARNING
Keep your hands on the steering wheel
rim when using fingers or thumbs on
the steering shift switches:
Putting your hands inside the rim of
the steering wheel when using the
steering shift switches is dangerous.
If the driver air bag were to deploy in
a collision, your hands could be
impacted causing injury.
To shift down to a lower gear with the
steering shift switches, press either of the
DOWN switches away from you once
with your thumb.
DOWN switches
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When driving slowly, the gears may not
shift up depending on vehicle speed.
In manual shift mode, gears do not shift up
automatically. Don't run the engine with the
tachometer needle in the RED ZONE. If the
tachometer needle enters the RED ZONE,
you may feel engine-braking because the
fuel delivery will be stopped to protect the
engine. However, this does not indicate an
abnormality.
When depressing the accelerator fully, the
transmission will shift to a lower gear,
depending on vehicle speed (Except
M2→M1).
Manually Shifting down
(M6→M5→M4→M3→M2→M1)
To shift down to a lower gear, tap the shift
lever forward ( ) once.
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WARNING
Do not use engine braking on slippery
road surfaces or at high speeds:
Shifting down while driving on wet,
snowy, or frozen roads, or while
driving at high speeds causes sudden
engine braking, which is dangerous.
The sudden change in tire speed
could cause the tires to skid. This
could lead to loss of vehicle control
and an accident.
Keep your hands on the steering wheel
rim when using fingers or thumbs on
the steering shift switches:
Putting your hands inside the rim of
the steering wheel when using the
steering shift switches is dangerous.
If the driver air bag were to deploy in
a collision, your hands could be
impacted causing injury.
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When driving at high speeds, the gear may
not shift down depending on vehicle speed.
During deceleration, the gear may
automatically shift down depending on
vehicle speed.
When depressing the accelerator fully, the
transmission will shift to a lower gear,
depending on vehicle speed (Except
M2→M1).
Second gear fixed mode
When the shift lever is tapped back ( )
while the vehicle is stopped, the
transmission is set in the second gear
fixed mode. The gear is fixed in second
while in this mode for easier starting and
driving on slippery roads. If the shift lever
is tapped back ( ) or forward ( ) while
in the second gear fixed mode, the mode
will be canceled.
Shifting specification
Shifting up
If the vehicle speed is lower than the
speed specified for each gear, the gear
cannot be shifted up to a higher gear.
Gear
M1→M2
M2→M3
M3→M4
M4→M5
M5→M6
Vehicle speed
Between 0 and 18 km/h
(0 and 11 mph), depending on how
much the accelerator pedal is
depressed.
Between 22 and 32 km/h
(13 and 19 mph), depending on how
much the accelerator pedal is
depressed.
Between 40 and 48 km/h
(25 and 29 mph), depending on how
much the accelerator pedal is
depressed.
Between 50 and 68 km/h
(31 and 42 mph), depending on how
much the accelerator pedal is
depressed.
Shifting down
If the vehicle speed is higher than the
speed specified for each gear, the gear
cannot be shifted down to a lower gear.
Gear
M5→M4
M4→M3
M3→M2
M2→M1
Vehicle speed
164 km/h (102 mph)
117 km/h (72 mph)
80 km/h (49 mph)
35 km/h (21 mph)
During deceleration, the gears shift down
automatically when speed is reduced to
the following:
Gear
M6→M5
M5→M4
M4→M3
M3→M2
M2→M1
Vehicle speed
47 km/h (29 mph)
38 km/h (23 mph)
20 km/h (12 mph)
15 km/h (9 mph)
12 km/h (7 mph)
NOTE
The gear does not shift down to M1
automatically while in the second gear fixed
mode.
If the vehicle is kicked down at the
following speeds or lower, the gears shift
down automatically:
Gear
M6→M5
M6→M4
M5→M4
M5→M3
M4→M3
M4→M2
M3→M2
Vehicle speed
190 km/h (118 mph)
125 km/h (77 mph)
125 km/h (77 mph)
78 km/h (48 mph)
78 km/h (48 mph)
50 km/h (31 mph)
50 km/h (31 mph)
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Recommendations for shifting
Upshifting
2. Shift to D or M1, depending on the
load weight and grade steepness.
For normal acceleration, we recommend these shift
points.
3. Release the brake pedal while
gradually accelerating.
Gear
M1 to M2
M2 to M3
M3 to M4
M4 to M5
M5 to M6
Descending steep grades
When descending a steep grade, shift to
lower gears, depending on load weight
and grade steepness. Descend slowly,
using the brakes only occasionally to
prevent them from overheating.
Vehicle speed
24 km/h (15 mph)
40 km/h (25 mph)
53 km/h (33 mph)
59 km/h (37 mph)
78 km/h (49 mph)
For cruising
Gear
M1 to M2
M2 to M3
M3 to M4
M4 to M5
M5 to M6
Vehicle speed
22 km/h (14 mph)
27 km/h (17 mph)
41 km/h (26 mph)
56 km/h (35 mph)
64 km/h (40 mph)
Downshifting
When you must slow down in heavy
traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift
before the engine starts to overwork. This
gives better acceleration when you need
more speed.
On a steep downgrade, downshifting
helps maintain safe speed and prolongs
brake life.
qDriving Tips
Passing
For extra power when passing another
vehicle or climbing steep grades, depress
the accelerator fully. The transmission will
shift to a lower gear, depending on vehicle
speed.
Climbing steep grades from a stop
To climb a steep grade from a stopped
position:
1. Depress the brake pedal.
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Power Steering
Cruise Control
Power steering is only operable when the
engine is running. If the engine is off or if
the power steering system is inoperable,
you can still steer, but it requires more
physical effort.
With cruise control, you can set and
automatically maintain any speed of more
than about 30 km/h (19 mph).
If the steering feels stiffer than usual
during normal driving, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
CAUTION
Never hold the steering wheel to the
extreme left or right for more than 5
seconds with the engine running.
This could damage the power
steering system.
WARNING
Do not use the cruise control under the
following conditions:
Using the cruise control under the
following conditions is dangerous
and could result in loss of vehicle
control.
Ø Hilly terrain
Ø Steep inclines
Ø Heavy or unsteady traffic
Ø Slippery or winding roads
Ø Similar restrictions that require
inconsistent speed
qCruise Main Indicator Light
(Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator
Light (Green)
The indicator light has two colors.
Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)
The indicator light illuminates amber
when the ON/OFF switch is pressed and
the cruise control system is activated.
Cruise Set Indicator Light (Green)
The indicator light illuminates green when
a cruising speed has been set.
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qActivation/Deactivation
To activate the system, press the ON/OFF
switch.
The cruise main indicator light
illuminates.
3. Press the SET/- button and release it at
the speed you want. Release the
accelerator at the same time.
To deactivate the system, press the switch
again.
The cruise main indicator light turns off.
Cruise
control
switch
Don't continue to hold the switch. Until
you release it, speed will continue to drop
(unless you continue to accelerate) and
you'll miss the desired speed.
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Keep the ON/OFF switch off when
cruise control is not in use:
Leaving the ON/OFF switch on when
not using the cruise control is
dangerous as you may hit one of the
other buttons and put the vehicle in
cruise control unexpectedly. This
could result in loss of vehicle control.
qTo Set Speed
1. Activate the cruise control system by
pressing the ON/OFF switch.
2. Accelerate to the desired speed, which
must be more than 30 km/h (19 mph).
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The SET function can't be activated until
about 2 seconds after the ON/OFF switch
has been engaged.
On a steep grade, the vehicle may
momentarily slow down going up or speed
up while going down.
Cruise control will turn off if vehicle speed
drops below 30 km/h (19 mph) when cruise
is activated, such as when climbing a steep
grade.
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qTo Increase Cruising Speed
Follow either of these procedures.
To increase speed using cruise control
switch
Pull up the cruise control switch and hold
it. Your vehicle will accelerate.
Release the switch at the speed you want.
To increase speed using accelerator
pedal
Depress the accelerator pedal to accelerate
to the desired speed.
press down the cruise control switch and
release it immediately.
Cruise
control
switch
Cruise
control
switch
NOTE
Your vehicle has a tap-up feature that
allows you to increase your current speed
in increments of 1.6 km/h (1 mph) by a
momentary tap of the cruise control
switch. Multiple taps will increase your
vehicle speed 1.6 km/h (1 mph) for each
tap.
Accelerate if you want to speed up temporarily
when the cruise control is on. Greater speed
will not interfere with or change the set speed.
Take your foot off the accelerator to return to
the set speed.
qTo Decrease Cruising Speed
Press down the cruise control switch and
hold it. The vehicle will gradually slow.
Release the switch at the speed you want.
Cruise
control
switch
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Your vehicle has a tap-down feature that
allows you to decrease your current speed
in decrements of 1.6 km/h (1 mph) by a
momentary tap of the cruise control
switch. Multiple taps will decrease your
vehicle speed 1.6 km/h (1 mph) for each
tap.
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Press the CANCEL button.
qTo Resume Cruising Speed at
More Than 30 km/h (19 mph)
If some other method besides the ON/
OFF switch was used to cancel cruising
speed (such as applying the brake pedal)
and the system is still activated, the most
recent set speed will automatically resume
when the cruise control switch pulled up.
If vehicle speed is below 30 km/h (19
mph), increase the vehicle speed up to 30
km/h (19 mph) and pull up the cruise
control switch.
Cruise
control
switch
qTo Cancel
To cancel the system, use one of these
methods:
l Press the ON/OFF switch.
l Slightly depress the brake pedal.
l Depress the clutch pedal (Manual
transmission only).
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The system is off when the ignition is off.
NOTE
Cruise control will cancel at about 15 km/h (9
mph) below the preset speed (such as may
happen when climbing a long, steep grade) or
below 30 km/h (19 mph).
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Traction Control System
(TCS) í
The Traction Control System (TCS)
enhances traction and safety by
controlling engine torque. When the TCS
detects driving wheel slippage, it lowers
engine torque to prevent loss of traction.
This means that on a slick surface, the
engine adjusts automatically to provide
optimum power to the drive wheels
without causing them to spin and lose
traction.
WARNING
Do not rely on the traction control
system as a substitute for safe driving:
The traction control system (TCS)
cannot compensate for unsafe and
reckless driving, excessive speed,
tailgating (following another vehicle
too closely), and hydroplaning
(reduced tire friction and road
contact because of water on the road
surface). You can still have an
accident.
qTCS/DSC Indicator Light
This indicator light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position. If the TCS or DSC is
operating, the indicator light flashes.
If the light stays on, the TCS or DSC may
have a malfunction and they may not
operate correctly. Take your vehicle to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
NOTE
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In addition to the indicator light flashing, a
slight lugging sound will come from the
engine. This indicates that the TCS is
operating properly.
On slippery surfaces, such as fresh snow, it
will be impossible to achieve high rpm
when the TCS is on.
Use snow tires or tire chains on the rear
wheels only and drive at reduced
speeds when roads are covered with ice
and/or snow:
Driving without proper traction
devices on snow and/or ice-covered
roads is dangerous. The traction
control system (TCS) alone cannot
provide adequate traction and you
could still have an accident.
NOTE
To turn off the TCS, press the DSC OFF switch
(page 5-25).
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Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) í
The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
automatically controls braking and engine
torque in conjunction with systems such
as ABS and TCS to help control side slip
when driving on slippery surfaces, or
during sudden or evasive maneuvering,
enhancing vehicle safety.
Refer to ABS (page 5-8) and TCS (page
5-23).
WARNING
Do not rely on the dynamic stability
control as a substitute for safe driving:
The dynamic stability control (DSC)
cannot compensate for unsafe and
reckless driving, excessive speed,
tailgating (following another vehicle
too closely), and hydroplaning
(reduced tire friction and road
contact because of water on the road
surface). You can still have an
accident.
CAUTION
Ø The DSC may not operate correctly
unless the following are observed:
Ø Use tires of the correct size
specified for your Mazda on all
four wheels.
Ø Use tires of the same
manufacturer, brand and tread
pattern on all four wheels.
Ø Do not mix worn tires.
Ø The DSC may not operate correctly
when tire chains are used or a
temporary spare tire is installed
because the tire diameter changes.
Ø If repair or replacement of the
steering or other surrounding
equipment is necessary, have it
done at an Authorized Mazda
Dealer. If the center position of the
steering deviates, the DSC may not
operate correctly because there is
a sensor in the steering which
detects driving conditions.
qTCS/DSC Indicator Light
This indicator light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position. If the TCS or DSC is
operating, the indicator light flashes.
If the light stays on, the TCS or DSC may
have a malfunction and they may not
operate correctly. Take your vehicle to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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qDSC OFF Indicator Light
qDSC OFF Switch
Press the DSC OFF switch to turn off the
TCS/DSC. The DSC OFF indicator light
will illuminate.
This indicator light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
It also comes on when the DSC OFF
switch is pressed and TCS/DSC is
switched off (page 5-25).
If the light stays on when the TCS/DSC is
not switched off, take your vehicle to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer. The dynamic
stability control may have a malfunction.
Press the switch again to turn the TCS/
DSC back on. The DSC OFF indicator
light will go out.
NOTE
If the battery is disconnected or a fuse is
replaced, the DSC will be inoperable. In this
case, the DSC OFF indicator light flashes and
the TCS/DSC indicator light illuminates.
To make the DSC operable, do the following
procedure with the battery connected.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position.
2. Turn the steering clockwise fully, then turn
it counterclockwise fully.
3. Make sure the DSC OFF indicator goes off.
4. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF
position, then turn it to the ON position
again.
5. Make sure the TCS/DSC indicator light
goes off.
If the TCS/DSC indicator light and the DSC
OFF indicator light remain illuminated even
after turning the ignition switch to the ON
position, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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NOTE
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When DSC is on and you attempt to free the
vehicle when it is stuck, or drive it out of
freshly fallen snow, the TCS (part of the
DSC system) will activate. Depressing the
accelerator will not increase engine power
and freeing the vehicle may be difficult.
When this happens, turn off the TCS/DSC.
If the TCS/DSC is off when the engine is
turned off, it automatically activates when
the ignition switch is turned on.
Leaving the TCS/DSC on will provide the
best stability. When the TCS/DSC is off, the
TCS/DSC does not activate but the brake
LSD (Limited Slip Differentials) function
remains.
If the DSC OFF switch is pressed and held
for a second or more, the TCS/DSC system
may become inoperative due to the system
detecting switch trouble. If the TCS/DSC
system becomes inoperative, the TCS/DSC
and the DSC OFF indicator lights
illuminate simultaneously. In this case, turn
off the engine and restart it to restore the
TCS/DSC.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System í
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitors the pressure for each tire.
If tire pressure is too low in one or more tires, the system will inform the driver via the
warning light in the instrument panel and by the warning beep sound.
The tire pressure sensors installed on each wheel send tire pressure data by radio signal to
the receiver unit in the vehicle.
Tire pressure sensors
NOTE
When the ambient temperature is low due to seasonal changes, tire temperatures are also lower.
When the tire temperature decreases, the air pressure decreases as well. The TPMS warning light
may illuminate more frequently. Visually inspect the tires daily before driving, and check tire
pressures monthly with a tire pressure gauge. When checking tire pressures, use of a digital tire
pressure gauge is recommended.
TPMS does not alleviate your need to check the pressure and condition of all four tires
regularly.
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CAUTION
Ø Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly when cold
and inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer
on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label. (If your vehicle has tires of a
different size than the size indicated on the vehicle placard or tire inflation
pressure label, you should determine the proper tire inflation 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 significantly under-inflated. Accordingly, when the low tire
pressure telltale illuminates, you should stop and check your tires as soon as
possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure. Driving on a significantly underinflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation
also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect 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 underinflation has not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire
pressure telltale.
Ø 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 flash 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.
Ø 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 deflation or
blow out.
NOTE
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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qTire Pressure Monitoring System
Warning Light
This warning light illuminates for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
Thereafter, the warning light illuminates
and a beep is heard when tire pressure is
too low in one or more tires, and flashes
when there is a system malfunction.
WARNING
If the tire pressure monitoring system
warning light illuminates or flashes, or
the tire pressure warning beep sound is
heard, decrease vehicle speed
immediately and avoid sudden
maneuvering and braking:
If the tire pressure monitoring system
warning light illuminates or flashes,
or the tire pressure warning beep
sound is heard, it is dangerous to
drive the vehicle at high speeds, or
perform sudden maneuvering or
braking. Vehicle drivability could
worsen and result in an accident.
To determine if you have a slow leak
or a flat, pull over to a safe position
where you can check the visual
condition of the tire and determine if
you have enough air to proceed to a
place where air may be added and
the system monitored again, an
Authorized Mazda Dealer or a tire
repair station.
Do not ignore the TPMS Warning Light:
Ignoring the TPMS warning light is
dangerous, even if you know why it is
illuminated. Have the problem taken
care of as soon as possible before it
develops into a more serious
situation that could lead to tire
failure and a dangerous accident.
Warning light illuminates/Warning
beep sounds
When the warning light illuminates, and
the warning beep sound is heard (about 3
seconds), tire pressure is too low in one or
more tires.
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Adjust the tire pressure to the correct tire
pressure. Refer to the specification charts
(page 10-6).
NOTE
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CAUTION
When replacing/repairing the tires or
wheels or both, have the work done
by an Authorized Mazda Dealer, or
the tire pressure sensors may be
damaged.
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Perform tire pressure adjustment when the
tires are cold. Tire pressure will vary
according to the tire temperature, therefore
let the vehicle stand for 1 hour or only drive
it 1.6 km (1 mile) or less before adjusting
the tire pressures. When pressure is
adjusted on hot tires to the cold inflation
pressure, the TPMS warning light/beep may
turn on after the tires cool and pressure
drops below specification.
Also, an illuminated TPMS warning light,
resulting from the tire air pressure dropping
due to cold ambient temperature, may go
out if the ambient temperature rises. In this
case, it will also be necessary to adjust the
tire air pressures. If the TPMS warning
light illuminates due to a drop in tire air
pressure, make sure to check and adjust the
tire air pressures.
After adjusting the tire air pressures, it may
require some time for the TPMS warning
light to go out. If the TPMS warning light
remains illuminated, drive the vehicle at a
speed of at least 25 km/h (16 mph) for 10
minutes, and then verify that it goes out.
Tires can loose a little air quite naturally
over time and the TPMS cannot tell if the
tires are getting too soft over time or you
have a flat. However, when you find one
low tire in a set of four - that is an
indication of trouble; you should have
someone drive the vehicle slowly forward
so you can inspect any low tire for cuts and
any metal sticking through tread or
sidewall. Put a few drops of water in the
valve stem to see if it bubbles indicating a
bad valve. Leaks need to be addressed by
more than simply refilling the trouble tire as
leaks are dangerous - take it to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer which has all the
equipment to fix tires, TPMS systems and
order the best replacement tire for your
vehicle.
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If the warning light illuminates again even
after the tire pressures are adjusted, there
may be a tire puncture.
Refer to Vehicle with run-flat tires on
page 7-3.
Warning light flashes
When the warning light flashes, there may
be a system malfunction. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qFlat Tire Warning Light
qSystem Error Activation
When the TPMS warning light flashes,
there may be a system malfunction.
Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
A system error activation may occur in
the following cases:
l When there is equipment or a device
near the vehicle using the same radio
frequency as that of the tire pressure
sensors.
l When a metallic device such as a nongenuine navigation system is equipped
near the center of the dashboard, which
may block radio signals from the tire
pressure sensor to the receiver unit.
l When using the following devices in
the vehicle that may cause radio
interference with the receiver unit.
A digital device such as a personal
computer.
A current converter device such as a
DC-AC converter.
l When excess snow or ice adheres to
the vehicle, especially around the
wheels.
l When the tire pressure sensor batteries
are exhausted.
l When using a wheel with no tire
pressure sensor installed.
l When using tires with steel wire
reinforcement in the side walls.
l When using tire chains.
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This warning light illuminates for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
Warning light illuminates/Warning
beep sounds
If the tire pressures decrease extremely
after the TPMS warning light has
illuminated, or if a tire is punctured, the
flat tire warning light also illuminates, and
a beep sound will be heard for
approximately 30 seconds.
Refer to Vehicle with run-flat tires on
page 7-3.
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qTires and Wheels
CAUTION
When inspecting or adjusting the tire
air pressures, do not apply excessive
force to the stem part of the wheel
unit. The stem part could be
damaged.
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Changing tires and wheels
The following procedure allows the
TPMS to recognize a tire pressure sensor's
unique ID signal code whenever tires or
wheels are changed, such as changing to
and from winter tires.
NOTE
Each tire pressure sensor has a unique ID
signal code. The signal code must be
registered with the TPMS before it can work.
The easiest way to do it is to have an
Authorized Mazda Dealer change your tire and
complete ID signal code registration.
When having tires changed at an
Authorized Mazda Dealer
Tire pressure sensor ID signal code
registration is completed when an
Authorized Mazda Dealer changes your
vehicle's tires.
When changing tires yourself
If you or someone else changes tires, you
or someone else can also undertake the
steps for the TPMS to complete the ID
signal code registration.
1. After tires have been changed, turn the
ignition switch to the ON position, then
turn it back to the ACC or LOCK
position.
2. Wait for about 15 minutes.
3. After about 15 minutes, drive the
vehicle at a speed of at least 25 km/h
(16 mph) for 10 minutes and the tire
pressure sensor ID signal code will be
registered automatically.
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NOTE
If the vehicle is driven within about 15 minutes
of changing tires, the tire pressure monitoring
system warning light will flash because the
sensor ID signal code would not have been
registered. If this happens, park the vehicle for
about 15 minutes, after which the sensor ID
signal code will register upon driving the
vehicle for 10 minutes.
Replacing tires and wheels
CAUTION
Ø When replacing/repairing the tires
or wheels or both, have the work
done by an Authorized Mazda
Dealer, or the tire pressure sensors
may be damaged.
Ø 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.
Be sure to have the tire pressure sensors
installed whenever tires or wheels are
replaced.
When having a tire or wheel or both
replaced, the following types of tire
pressure sensor installations are possible.
l The tire pressure sensor is removed
from the old wheel and installed to the
new one.
l The same tire pressure sensor is used
with the same wheel. Only the tire is
replaced.
l A new tire pressure sensor is installed
to a new wheel.
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NOTE
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The tire pressure sensor ID signal code
must be registered when a new tire pressure
sensor is purchased. For purchase of a tire
pressure sensor and registration of the tire
pressure sensor ID signal code, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
When reinstalling a previously removed tire
pressure sensor to a wheel, replace the
grommet (seal between valve body/sensor
and wheel) for the tire pressure sensor.
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Instrument Cluster and Indicators
Meters and Gauges
Speedometer ...................................................................................................... page 5-35
Odometer, Trip Meter and Trip Meter Selector .................................................. page 5-35
Tachometer ........................................................................................................ page 5-36
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge .................................................................. page 5-36
Fuel Gauge ........................................................................................................ page 5-37
Dashboard Illumination ..................................................................................... page 5-38
Engine Oil Pressure Gauge ................................................................................ page 5-37
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qSpeedometer
The speedometer indicates the speed of
the vehicle.
qOdometer, Trip Meter and Trip
Meter Selector
The display mode can be changed
between trip meter A and trip meter B by
pressing the selector while one of them is
displayed. The selected mode will be
displayed.
Odometer
Trip meter A
Press the selector
Odometer
Selector
Trip meter B
Press the selector
Odometer
NOTE
Trip meter
The odometer and trip meter can be displayed
as follows even when the ignition switch is in
the ACC or LOCK position.
l Displays for 10 minutes after the ignition
switch is turned to the ACC or LOCK
position from the ON position.
l Displays for 10 minutes after the driver's
door is opened.
Odometer
The odometer records the total distance
the vehicle has been driven.
Trip meter
The trip meter can record the total
distance of two trips. One is recorded in
trip meter A, and the other is recorded in
trip meter B.
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For instance, trip meter A can record the
distance from the point of origin, and trip
meter B can record the distance from
where the fuel tank is filled.
qTachometer
The tachometer shows engine speed in
thousands of revolutions per minute
(rpm).
When trip meter A is selected, pressing
the selector again within one second will
change to trip meter B mode.
Red zone
When trip meter A is selected, TRIP A
will be displayed. When trip meter B is
selected, TRIP B will be displayed.
The trip meter records the total distance
the vehicle is driven until the meter is
again reset. Return it to “0.0” by holding
the selector depressed for more than 1
second. Use this meter to measure trip
distances and to compute fuel
consumption.
NOTE
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Only the trip meters record tenths of
kilometers (miles).
The trip record will be erased when:
The power supply is interrupted (blown
fuse or the battery is disconnected).
The vehicle is driven over 999.9 km
(mile).
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CAUTION
Don't run the engine with the
tachometer needle in the RED ZONE.
This may cause severe engine
damage.
qEngine Coolant Temperature Gauge
The engine coolant temperature gauge
shows the temperature of the engine
coolant.
If the needle is near H, it indicates
overheating.
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qEngine Oil Pressure Gauge
CAUTION
Driving with an overheated engine
can cause serious engine damage
(page 7-18).
Normal range
qFuel Gauge
The fuel gauge shows approximately how
much fuel is in the tank. We recommend
keeping the tank over 1/4 full. When the
low fuel warning light illuminates or
when the needle is near E, refuel as soon
as possible.
Low fuel
warning light
NOTE
The direction of the arrow (
) shown that
the fuel-filler lid is on the left side of the
vehicle.
Engine oil pressure is normal when the
engine oil pressure gauge needle points
within the normal range.
If the needle on the gauge doesn't move
after starting the engine, follow steps 1
through 3.
If the engine oil pressure gauge moves to
L (low) while you are driving, drive to the
side of the road and park off the right-ofway. Set the parking brake. Then follow
steps 1 through 3.
1. Turn off the engine and inspect the
engine oil level (page 8-22). If it's low,
add oil.
2. Start the engine.
3. If the needle still doesn't move, have
your vehicle checked at an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
CAUTION
Don't run the engine if the oil
pressure is low. It could result in
extensive engine damage.
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qDashboard Illumination
When the exterior lights are on, rotate the
knob to adjust the brightness of the
dashboard lights.
Dim
Bright
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Warning/Indicator Lights
Warning/Indicator lights will appear in any of the highlighted areas
Signal
Warning/Indicator Lights
Page
Brake System Warning Light
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Charging System Warning Light
5-42
Check Engine Light
5-42
ABS Warning Light
5-41
Air Bag/Seat Belt Pretensioner System Warning Light
5-43
Low Fuel Warning Light
5-43
Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep
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Signal
Warning/Indicator Lights
Page
Door-Ajar Warning Light
5-45
Automatic Transmission Warning Light
5-45
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Warning Light
5-46
Flat Tire Warning Light
5-48
KEY Warning Light (Red)/KEY Indicator Light (Green)
5-48
Security Indicator Light
5-49
Headlight High-Beam Indicator Light
5-50
Shift Position Indicator Light
5-50
TCS/DSC Indicator Light
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DSC OFF Indicator Light
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Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator Light (Green)
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Turn Signal/Hazard Warning Indicator Lights
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qBrake System Warning Light
NOTE
Having to add brake fluid is sometimes an
indicator of leakage. Consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible even if the
brake light is no longer illuminated.
WARNING
This warning has the following functions:
Parking brake warning
The light comes on when the parking
brake is applied with the ignition switch
in the START or ON position. It goes off
when the parking brake is fully released.
Low brake fluid level warning
If the light stays on after the parking brake
is fully released, you may have a brake
problem.
Drive to the side of the road and park off
the right-of-way.
Do not drive with the brake system
warning light illuminated. Contact an
Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the
brakes inspected as soon as possible:
Driving with the brake system
warning light illuminated is
dangerous. It indicates that your
brakes may not work at all or that
they could completely fail at any
time. If this light remains
illuminated, after checking that the
parking brake is fully released, have
the brakes inspected immediately.
qABS Warning Light í
You may notice that the pedal is harder to
push or that it may go closer to the floor.
In either case, it will take longer to stop
the vehicle.
1. With the engine stopped, check the
brake fluid level immediately and add
fluid as required (page 8-25).
2. After adding fluid, check the light
again.
If the warning light remains on, or if the
brakes do not operate properly, do not
drive the vehicle. Have it towed to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Even if the light goes out have your brake
system inspected as soon as possible by
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
The warning light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
If the ABS warning light stays on while
you're driving, the ABS control unit has
detected a system malfunction. If this
occurs, your brakes will function normally
as if the vehicle had no ABS.
Should this happen, consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.
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qCharging System Warning Light
NOTE
When the engine is jump-started to charge the
battery, uneven rpm occurs and the ABS
warning light comes on. This is due to a weak
battery, not a malfunction.
Recharge the battery.
qElectronic Brake Force
Distribution System Warning í
If the electronic brake force distribution
control unit determines that some
components are operating incorrectly, the
control unit may turn the brake system
warning light and the ABS warning light
on at the same time. The problem is likely
to be the electronic brake force
distribution system.
WARNING
Do not drive with both the ABS warning
light and brake warning light
illuminated. Have the vehicle towed to
an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have
the brakes inspected as soon as
possible:
Driving when the brake system
warning light and ABS warning light
are illuminated at the same time is
dangerous.
When both lights are illuminated, the
rear wheels could lock more quickly
in an emergency stop than under
normal circumstances.
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This warning light illuminates when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
position and turns off when the engine is
started.
If the warning light illuminates while
driving, it indicates a malfunction of the
alternator or of the charging system.
Drive to the side of the road and park off
the right-of-way. Consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.
CAUTION
Don't continue driving when the
charging system warning light is
illuminated because the engine could
stop unexpectedly.
qCheck Engine Light
This indicator light illuminates when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
position and goes off when the engine is
started.
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If this light comes on while driving, the
vehicle may have a problem. It is
important to note the driving conditions
when the light came on and consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
The check engine light may come on in
the following cases:
l The fuel tank level being very low or
approaching empty.
l The engine's electrical system has a
problem.
l The emission control system has a
problem.
l The fuel-filler cap is missing or not
tightened securely.
If the check engine light remains on or
flashes continuously, do not drive at high
speeds and consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer as soon as possible.
qAir Bag/Seat Belt Pretensioner
System Warning Light
A system malfunction is indicated if the
warning light constantly flashes,
constantly illuminates or does not
illuminate at all when the ignition switch
is turned to the ON position. If any of
these occur, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer as soon as possible. The system
may not work in an accident.
WARNING
Never tamper with the air bag/
pretensioner systems and always have
an Authorized Mazda Dealer perform
all servicing and repairs:
Self-servicing or tampering with the
systems is dangerous. An air bag/
pretensioner could accidentally
activate or become disabled causing
serious injury or death.
qLow Fuel Warning Light
Low fuel
warning light
This warning light signals that the fuel
tank will soon be empty.
Refuel as soon as possible.
If the air bag/seat belt pretensioner system
is working properly, the warning light
illuminates when the ignition switch is
turned to the ON position or after the
engine is cranked. The warning light turns
off after a specified period of time.
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qSeat Belt Warning Light/Beep
The seat belt warning light illuminates
and a beep sound will be heard if the
driver's seat belt is not fastened when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
position.
Driver seated/Passenger not seated*
The belt minder is a supplemental
warning to the seat belt warning function.
If the driver's seat belt is not fastened
when the ignition switch is turned to the
ON position, the warning light/beep
operates to give you further reminders
according to the chart below.
*: The belt minder operates according to
the chart below even if the passenger is
seated (Except European model).
Condition
Conditions of operation
Vehicle speed
Between 0 ― 20
20 km/h
km/h
(12 mph) or
(0 ― 12 mph)
more
Seat belt
Condition
The driver's seat belt is not
fastened when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON
position.
The driver's seat belt is
fastened while the warning
light and the beep sound are
activated.
The driver's seat belt is
fastened before the ignition
switch is turned to the ON
position.
Result
The warning light
flashes and a beep
sound will be heard
for about 6 seconds.
The warning light
turns off and the beep
sound stops.
The warning light will
not illuminate and the
beep sound will not be
heard.
Belt minder
NOTE
The belt minder can be deactivated. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer to deactivate and
restore the seat belt minder.
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Indicator
Beep
: Fastened
: Unfastened
: Illuminated
: Flashing
: Beep
Once the beep sound is heard, it continues
sounding even if the vehicle speed lowers
to 20 km/h (12 mph) or less until the
seatbelt is fastened or the beep sound
period has passed.
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Driver seated/Passenger seated
The seat belt warning function reminds
the passenger to fasten the seat belt
according to the chart below.
Condition
qDoor-Ajar Warning Light
Vehicle speed
Between 0 ― 20
20 km/h
km/h
(12 mph) or
(0 ― 12 mph)
more
Seat belt
(Driver)
Seat belt
(Passenger)
Indicator
Beep
This warning light comes on when any
door isn't securely closed.
qAutomatic Transmission Warning
Light
: Fastened
: Unfastened
: Illuminated
: Flashing
: Beep
Placing heavy items on the passenger seat
may cause the passenger seat belt warning
function to operate depending on the
weight of the item.
Once the beep sound is heard, it continues
sounding even if the vehicle speed lowers
to 20 km/h (12 mph) or less until the
seatbelt is fastened or the beep sound
period has passed.
NOTE
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To allow the passenger seat weight sensor
to function properly, do not place and sit on
an additional seat cushion on the passenger
seat. The sensor may not function properly
because the additional seat cushion could
cause sensor interference.
When a small child sits on the passenger
seat, it is possible that neither the warning
light nor the warning beep operate.
This warning light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
The light illuminates when the
transmission has a problem.
CAUTION
If the automatic transmission
warning light illuminates, the
transmission has an electrical
problem. Continuing to drive your
Mazda in this condition could cause
damage to your transmission.
Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer
as soon as possible.
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qTire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) Warning Light í
This warning light illuminates for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
Thereafter, the warning light illuminates
and a beep is heard when tire pressure is
too low in one or more tires, and flashes
when there is a system malfunction.
WARNING
If the tire pressure monitoring system
warning light illuminates or flashes, or
the tire pressure warning beep sound is
heard, decrease vehicle speed
immediately and avoid sudden
maneuvering and braking:
If the tire pressure monitoring system
warning light illuminates or flashes,
or the tire pressure warning beep
sound is heard, it is dangerous to
drive the vehicle at high speeds, or
perform sudden maneuvering or
braking. Vehicle drivability could
worsen and result in an accident.
To determine if you have a slow leak
or a flat, pull over to a safe position
where you can check the visual
condition of the tire and determine if
you have enough air to proceed to a
place where air may be added and
the system monitored again, an
Authorized Mazda Dealer or a tire
repair station.
Do not ignore the TPMS Warning Light:
Ignoring the TPMS warning light is
dangerous, even if you know why it is
illuminated. Have the problem taken
care of as soon as possible before it
develops into a more serious
situation that could lead to tire
failure and a dangerous accident.
Warning light illuminates/Warning
beep sounds
When the warning light illuminates, and
the warning beep sound is heard (about 3
seconds), tire pressure is too low in one or
more tires.
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Adjust the tire pressure to the correct tire
pressure. Refer to the specification charts
(page 10-6).
NOTE
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CAUTION
When replacing/repairing the tires or
wheels or both, have the work done
by an Authorized Mazda Dealer, or
the tire pressure sensors may be
damaged.
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Perform tire pressure adjustment when the
tires are cold. Tire pressure will vary
according to the tire temperature, therefore
let the vehicle stand for 1 hour or only drive
it 1.6 km (1 mile) or less before adjusting
the tire pressures. When pressure is
adjusted on hot tires to the cold inflation
pressure, the TPMS warning light/beep may
turn on after the tires cool and pressure
drops below specification.
Also, an illuminated TPMS warning light,
resulting from the tire air pressure dropping
due to cold ambient temperature, may go
out if the ambient temperature rises. In this
case, it will also be necessary to adjust the
tire air pressures. If the TPMS warning
light illuminates due to a drop in tire air
pressure, make sure to check and adjust the
tire air pressures.
After adjusting the tire air pressures, it may
require some time for the TPMS warning
light to go out. If the TPMS warning light
remains illuminated, drive the vehicle at a
speed of at least 25 km/h (16 mph) for 10
minutes, and then verify that it goes out.
Tires can loose a little air quite naturally
over time and the TPMS cannot tell if the
tires are getting too soft over time or you
have a flat. However, when you find one
low tire in a set of four - that is an
indication of trouble; you should have
someone drive the vehicle slowly forward
so you can inspect any low tire for cuts and
any metal sticking through tread or
sidewall. Put a few drops of water in the
valve stem to see if it bubbles indicating a
bad valve. Leaks need to be addressed by
more than simply refilling the trouble tire as
leaks are dangerous - take it to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer which has all the
equipment to fix tires, TPMS systems and
order the best replacement tire for your
vehicle.
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If the warning light illuminates again even
after the tire pressures are adjusted, there
may be a tire puncture.
qKEY Warning Light (Red)/KEY
Indicator Light (Green) (with
Advanced Key)
Warning light flashes
When the warning light flashes, there may
be a system malfunction. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qFlat Tire Warning Light í
This indicator has two colors.
KEY Warning Light (Red)
This warning light illuminates for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
Warning light illuminates/Warning
beep sounds
If the tire pressures decrease extremely
after the TPMS warning light has
illuminated, or if a tire is punctured, the
flat tire warning light also illuminates, and
a beep sound will be heard for
approximately 30 seconds.
Refer to Vehicle with run-flat tires on
page 7-3.
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When illuminated
l When the ignition switch is turned to
the ON position, it illuminates
momentarily and then goes out.
l If any malfunction occurs in the
advanced keyless system, it illuminates
continuously.
WARNING
Do not drive the vehicle with the KEY
warning light illuminated:
If the KEY warning light remains
illuminated, do not continue to drive
using the advanced key system. Park
the vehicle in a safe place and use
the auxiliary key to continue driving
the vehicle. Have the vehicle
inspected at an Authorized Mazda
Dealer as soon as possible.
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When flashing
l Under the following conditions, the
KEY warning light (red) flashes to
inform the driver that the start knob
will not rotate to the ACC position
even if it is pushed in from the LOCK
position.
The advanced key battery is dead.
The advanced key is not within
operational range.
The advanced key is placed in areas
where it is difficult for the system to
detect the signal (page 3-7).
A key from another manufacturer
similar to the advanced key is in the
operational range.
l Under the following conditions, the
KEY warning light (red) will flash
continuously when the start knob has
not been returned to the LOCK
position to notify the driver that the
advanced key has been removed from
the vehicle. It will stop flashing when
the advanced key is back inside the
vehicle.
The start knob has not been returned
to the LOCK position, the driver's
door is open, and the advanced key
is removed from the vehicle.
The start knob has not been returned
to the LOCK position and all the
doors are closed after removing the
advanced key from the vehicle.
KEY Indicator Light (Green)
NOTE
This indicator light starts flashing every 2
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
from the ON to the ACC position and the
immobilizer system is armed.
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When illuminated
When the start knob is pushed in from the
LOCK position, the system confirms that
the correct advanced key is inside the
vehicle, the KEY indicator light (green)
illuminates, and the start knob can be
turned to the ACC position (page 3-10).
When flashing
When the advanced key battery power is
low, the KEY indicator light flashes for 30
seconds after the start knob is turned from
the ON position to the ACC or LOCK
position. Replace with a new battery
before the advanced key becomes
unusable (page 3-6).
NOTE
The advanced key can be set so that the KEY
indicator light (green) does not flash even if
the battery power is low.
Refer to Setting Change (Function
Customization)(page 3-19).
qSecurity Indicator Light
l
The flashing KEY warning light (red) and the
beep sound operate simultaneously (page
3-20).
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The light stops flashing when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON position with
the correct ignition key.
At this time, the immobilizer system is
disarmed and the light illuminates for
about 3 seconds and then goes out.
qShift Position Indicator Light
(Automatic Transmission)
This indicates the selected shift position
when the ignition switch is in the ON
position.
If the engine doesn't start with the correct
ignition key, and the security indicator
light keeps illuminating or flashing, the
system may have a malfunction. Consult
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qHeadlight High-Beam Indicator
Light
This light indicates one of two things:
l The high-beam headlights are on.
l The turn signal lever is in the flash-topass position.
Gear position indicator
Gear position indicator
When the shift lever is in the D or M
position, the numeral for the selected gear
displays.
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qTCS/DSC Indicator Light í
NOTE
If the battery is disconnected or a fuse is
replaced, the DSC will be inoperable. In this
case, the DSC OFF indicator light flashes and
the TCS/DSC indicator light illuminates.
To make the DSC operable, do the following
procedure with the battery connected.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position.
This indicator light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position. If the TCS or DSC is
operating, the indicator light flashes.
If the light stays on, the TCS or DSC may
have a malfunction and they may not
operate correctly. Take your vehicle to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qDSC OFF Indicator Light í
This indicator light stays on for a few
seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to the ON position.
It also comes on when the DSC OFF
switch is pressed and TCS/DSC is
switched off (page 5-25).
If the light stays on when the TCS/DSC is
not switched off, take your vehicle to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer. The dynamic
stability control may have a malfunction.
2. Turn the steering clockwise fully, then turn
it counterclockwise fully.
3. Make sure the DSC OFF indicator goes off.
4. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF
position, then turn it to the ON position
again.
5. Make sure the TCS/DSC indicator light
goes off.
If the TCS/DSC indicator light and the DSC
OFF indicator light remain illuminated even
after turning the ignition switch to the ON
position, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qCruise Main Indicator Light
(Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator
Light (Green) í
The indicator light has two colors.
Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)
The indicator light illuminates amber
when the ON/OFF switch is pressed and
the cruise control system is activated.
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Cruise Set Indicator Light (Green)
The indicator light illuminates green when
a cruising speed has been set.
qTurn-Signal/Hazard Warning
Indicator Lights
Beep Sounds
qSeat Belt Warning Beep
If the driver's seat belt is not fastened and
the vehicle is driven at a speed faster than
about 20 km/h (12 mph), a beep sound
will be heard for a specified period of
time.
Refer to Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep on
page 5-44.
qIgnition Key Reminder
When operating the turn signal lights, the
left or right turn signal indicator light
flashes to indicate which turn signal light
is operating (page 5-56).
When operating the hazard warning
lights, both turn signal indicator lights
flash (page 5-59).
NOTE
If an indicator light remains illuminated (does
not flash) or if it flashes abnormally, one of the
turn signal bulbs may be burned out.
If the ignition switch is in the LOCK or
ACC position with the key inserted, a
continuous beep sound will be heard
when the driver's door is opened.
qLights-On Reminder
If lights are on and the key is removed
from the ignition switch, a continuous
beep sound will be heard when the
driver's door is opened.
NOTE
When the advanced keyless function is used
and the start knob is in the ACC position, the
“Start Knob Not in LOCK Warning Beep”
(page 3-17) overrides the lights-on reminder.
qTire Inflation Pressure Warning
Beep í
The warning beep sound will be heard for
about 3 seconds if the tire pressures
decrease.
If the tire pressure decreases extremely, a
beep sound will be heard for
approximately 30 seconds.
Refer to Tire Pressure Monitoring System
on page 5-27.
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qAdvanced Keyless Warning (with
Advanced Key)
Warning indicators for the advanced key,
such as “the advanced key removed from
vehicle warning”, use a beep sound and
warning/indicator lights in the instrument
cluster.
Refer to Warning and Beep Sounds on
page 3-17.
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Switches and Controls
WARNING
Lighting Control
Do not replace the xenon fusion bulbs
yourself:
Replacing the xenon fusion bulbs
yourself is dangerous. Because the
xenon fusion bulbs require high
voltage, you could receive an electric
shock if the bulbs are handled
incorrectly. Consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer when the replacement
is necessary.
NOTE
qHeadlights
To turn on the lights, turn the headlight
switch on the end of the control lever.
qLights-On Reminder
Switch Position
Headlights
Taillights
Parking lights
License lights
Side-marker lights
Dashboard
illumination
Off
Off
On
Off
On
On
To prevent discharging the battery, don't leave
the lights on while the engine is off unless
safety requires them.
Xenon fusion headlight bulbs
If lights are on and the key is removed
from the ignition switch, a continuous
beep sound will be heard when the
driver's door is opened.
NOTE
NOTE
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The low-beam bulbs of the headlights
have xenon fusion bulbs that produce a
bright white beam over a wide area.
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weakens, the bulb-life may be depleted and a
replacement is necessary. Consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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When the advanced keyless function is used
and the start knob is in the ACC position, the
“Start Knob Not in LOCK Warning Beep”
(page 3-17) overrides the lights-on reminder.
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qHeadlight High-Low Beam
qDaytime Running Lights (Canada)
Push the lever forward for high beam.
Pull back to original position for low
beam.
In Canada, vehicles must be driven with
the headlights on during daytime
operation.
High beam
For that reason, the daytime running lights
automatically turn on when the ignition
switch is turned to the ON position.
NOTE
Low beam
The Daytime Running Lights turn off when the
parking brake is applied.
qFlashing the Headlights
To flash the headlights, pull the lever fully
toward you. The headlight switch does
not need to be on, and the lever will return
to the normal position when released.
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Turn and Lane-Change
Signals
qTurn Signal
Move the signal lever down (for a left
turn) or up (for a right turn) to the stop
position. The signal will self-cancel after
the turn is completed.
Fog Lights í
Use this switch to turn on the fog lights.
They help you to see as well as to be seen.
To turn the front fog lights on, rotate the
position.
fog light switch to the
The headlight switch must be in the
position to turn on the front fog lights.
If the indicator light continues to flash
after a turn, manually return the lever to
its original position.
Right turn
Right lane
change
Fog light switch
OFF
Left lane
change
To turn them off, rotate the fog light
switch to the OFF position or turn the
headlight switch to the or OFF
position.
Left turn
Green indicators on the dashboard show
which signal is working.
Lane-change signals
Move the lever slightly toward the
direction of the change ―until the
indicator flashes― and hold it there. It
will return to the off position when
released.
NOTE
If an indicator light stays on without flashing
or if it flashes abnormally, one of the turn
signal bulbs may be burned out.
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NOTE
The fog lights will turn off when the headlights
are set at high beam.
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Windshield Wipers and
Washer
qWindshield Wipers
The ignition switch must be in the ON
position.
WARNING
Use only windshield washer fluid or
plain water in the reservoir:
Using radiator antifreeze as washer
fluid is dangerous. If sprayed on the
windshield, it will dirty the
windshield, affect your visibility, and
could result in an accident.
Do not use the washer without first
warming the windshield and never use
plain tap water:
Using windshield washer fluid
without anti-freeze protection in
freezing temperatures is dangerous.
The washer fluid could freeze on the
windshield and block your vision. You
could have an accident.
NOTE
Because heavy ice and snow can jam the wiper
blades, the wiper motor is protected from
motor breakdown, overheating and possible
fire by a circuit breaker. This mechanism will
automatically stop operation of the blades, but
only for about 5 minutes.
If this happens, turn off the wiper switch and
park off the right-of-way, and remove the snow
and ice.
After 5 minutes, turn on the switch and the
blades should operate normally. If they don't
resume functioning, consult an Authorized
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible. Drive to
the side of the road and park off the right-ofway. Wait until the weather clears before trying
to drive with the wipers inoperative.
Turn the wipers on by pulling the lever
down.
INT ― Intermittent
1 ― Low speed
2 ― High speed
For a single wiping cycle, push the lever
up to MIST.
MIST ― Mist
qWindshield Washer
Pull the lever toward you and hold it to
spray washer fluid.
OFF
Washer
NOTE
With the wiper lever in the OFF or INT
position, the wipers will operate continuously
until the lever is released.
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Switches and Controls
If the washer doesn't work, inspect the
fluid level (page 8-26). If it's OK, consult
an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Rear Window Defroster
The rear window defroster clears frost,
fog, and thin ice from the rear window.
The ignition switch must be in the ON
position.
Press the switch to turn on the rear
window defroster, the indicator light will
illuminate.
Press the switch again to turn it off.
Indicator light
CAUTION
Don't use sharp instruments or
window cleaners with abrasives to
clean the inside of the rear window
surface. They may damage the
defroster grid inside the window.
NOTE
This defroster is not designed for melting snow.
If there is an accumulation of snow on the rear
window, remove it before using the defroster.
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Switches and Controls
Horn
To sound the horn, press the
the steering wheel.
Hazard Warning Flasher
mark on
The hazard warning lights should always
be used when you stop on or near a
roadway in an emergency.
The hazard warning lights warn other
drivers that your vehicle is a traffic hazard
and that they must take extreme caution
when near it.
Depress the hazard warning flasher and all
the turn signals will flash.
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hazard warning lights are on.
Check local regulations about the use of
hazard warning lights while the vehicle is
being towed to verify that it is not in
violation of the law.
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Interior Comfort
Use of various features for drive comfort, including air-conditioning and audio
system.
Climate Control System ...............................................................
Operating Tips ...........................................................................
Vent Operation ..........................................................................
Control Panel í .........................................................................
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6-2
6-3
6-5
Audio System ................................................................................. 6-9
Antenna ..................................................................................... 6-9
Operating Tips for Audio System ............................................. 6-9
Audio Set ................................................................................ 6-19
Audio Control Switch Operation (Steering Wheel) í ............. 6-38
Safety Certification ................................................................. 6-40
Interior Equipment .....................................................................
Sunvisors .................................................................................
Interior Lights .........................................................................
Cup Holder ..............................................................................
Bottle Holder ...........................................................................
Storage Compartments ............................................................
Accessory Socket ....................................................................
Windblocker ............................................................................
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Climate Control System
Operating Tips
qOperating the Climate Control
System
Operate the climate control system with
the engine running.
NOTE
To prevent the battery from being discharged,
do not leave the fan control dial on for a long
period of time with the ignition switch in the
ACC position when the engine is not running.
qClearing the Air Inlet
Clear all obstructions like leaves, snow
and ice from the hood and the air inlet in
the cowl grille to improve the system
efficiency.
qFoggy Windows
The windows may fog up easily in humid
weather. Use the climate control system to
defog the windows.
To help defog the windows, operate the
air conditioner to dehumidify the air.
NOTE
The air conditioner may be used along with the
heater to dehumidify the air.
qOutside/Recirculated Air Position
Use the outside air position in normal
conditions. The recirculated air position
should be used only when driving on
dusty roads or for quick cooling of the
interior.
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qParking in Direct Sunlight
If the vehicle has been parked in direct
sunlight during hot weather, open the
windows to let warm air escape, then run
the climate control system.
qNot Using for a Long Period
Run the air conditioner about 10 minutes
at least once a month to keep internal
parts lubricated.
qCheck the Refrigerant before the
Weather Gets Hot
Have the air conditioner checked before
the weather gets hot. Lack of refrigerant
may make the air conditioner less
efficient. Consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer for refrigerant inspection.
The air conditioner is filled with
HFC134a (R134a), a refrigerant that will
not damage the ozone layer.
If the air conditioner is low on refrigerant
or has a malfunction, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
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Vent Operation
Button
qAdjusting the Vents
Directing airflow
You can direct air flow by rotating the vent.
Opening/closing vents
The two outside vents can be opened and closed with center button.
NOTE
When using the air conditioner, mist may come out from the vents. This is not a sign of trouble but a
result of humid air being suddenly cooled.
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qSelecting the Airflow Mode
Dashboard Vents (OPEN MODE)
Dashboard Vents
Dashboard and Floor Vents (OPEN MODE)
Floor Vents
Floor Vents (OPEN MODE)
Defroster and Floor Vents
Defroster Vents
You will feel more comfortable by using
the OPEN MODE when opening the roof.
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Mode selector dial
Temperature control dial
Fan control dial
Air intake selector
A/C switch
qControl Switches
Fan control dial
Temperature control dial
Slow
Cold
Fast
Hot
This dial controls temperature. Turn it
clockwise for hot and counterclockwise
for cold.
Turn the dial to adjust to the desired fan
speed.
Turning the dial clockwise increases the
fan speed.
Turning the dial counterclockwise
decreases the fan speed.
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Mode selector dial
Air intake selector
Turn the mode selector dial to select
airflow mode (page 6-4).
This switch controls the source of air
entering the vehicle.
NOTE
Turn the mode selector dial to an OPEN
MODE position for maximum comfort while
the roof is open.
A/C switch
Press the
switch to alternate
between the outside air and recirculated
air modes.
It is recommended that under normal
conditions the switch be kept in the
outside air mode.
Outside air mode (indicator light
turned off)
Outside air is taken into the vehicle. Use
this mode for normal ventilation and
heating.
Push the A/C switch to turn the air
conditioner on. The indicator light on the
switch will illuminate when the fan
control dial is on.
Push the switch once again to turn the air
conditioner off.
NOTE
The air conditioner may not function when the
outside temperature approaches 0 °C (32 °F).
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Recirculated air mode (indicator light
illuminated)
Outside air is shut off. Air within the
vehicle is recirculated.
This mode can be used when driving on a
dusty road or in similar conditions. It also
helps to provide quicker cooling of the
interior.
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qCooling (With Air Conditioner) í
WARNING
1. Set the mode selector dial to the
position.
or
Do not use the recirculated air mode in
cold or rainy weather:
Using the recirculated air mode in
cold or rainy weather is dangerous as
it will cause the windows to fog up.
Your vision will be hampered, which
could lead to a serious accident.
2. Set the temperature control dial to the
cold position.
qHeating
4. Turn on the air conditioner by pressing
the A/C switch.
1. Set the mode selector dial to the
position.
or
2. Set the temperature control dial to the
hot position.
3. Set the fan control dial to the desired
speed.
5. Adjust the fan control dial and
temperature control dial to maintain
maximum comfort.
CAUTION
3. Set the fan control dial to the desired
speed.
When using the air conditioner while
driving up long hills or in heavy
traffic, closely monitor the
temperature gauge (page 5-36).
The air conditioner may cause engine
overheating. If the gauge indicates
overheating, turn the air conditioner
off (page 7-18).
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If the windshield fogs up easily, set the
mode selector dial to the position.
If cooler air is desired at face level, set the
mode selector dial at the
position and
adjust the temperature control dial to
maintain maximum comfort.
The air to the floor is warmer than air to
the face (except when the temperature
control dial is set at the extreme hot or cold
position).
In the
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, or position, the air
conditioner is automatically turned on
(however, the indicator light does not
illuminate) and the outside air mode is
automatically selected to defrost the
windshield.
In the
or position, the outside air
mode cannot be changed to the recirculated
air mode.
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When maximum cooling is desired, set the
temperature control dial to the extreme cold
position and set the air intake selector to
the recirculated air mode, then turn the fan
control dial fully clockwise.
If warmer air is desired at floor level, set
the mode selector dial at the
or
position and adjust the temperature control
dial to maintain maximum comfort.
The air to the floor is warmer than air to
the face (except when the temperature
control dial is set at the extreme hot or cold
position).
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qVentilation
1. Set the mode selector dial to the
position.
NOTE
or
2. Set the air intake selector to the outside
air mode.
3. Set the temperature control dial to the
desired position.
4. Set the fan control dial to the desired
speed.
qWindshield Defrosting and Defogging
1. Set the mode selector dial to the
position.
2. Set the temperature control dial to the
desired position.
3. Set the fan control dial to the desired
speed.
WARNING
Do not defog the windshield using the
position with the temperature
control set to the cold position:
Using the
position with the
temperature control set to the cold
position is dangerous as it will cause
the outside of the windshield to fog
up. Your vision will be hampered,
which could lead to a serious
accident. Set the temperature control
to the hot or warm position when
using the
position.
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For maximum defrosting, set the
temperature control dial to the extreme hot
position and turn the fan control dial fully
clockwise.
If warm air is desired at the floor, set the
mode selector dial to the position.
In the
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, or position, the air
conditioner is automatically turned on
(however, the indicator light does not
illuminate) and the outside air mode is
automatically selected to defrost the
windshield.
In the
or position, the outside air
mode cannot be changed to the recirculated
air mode.
qDehumidifying (With Air
Conditioner) í
Operate the air conditioner in cool or cold
weather to help defog the windshield and
side windows.
1. Set the mode selector dial to the
desired position.
2. Set the air intake selector to the outside
air mode.
3. Set the temperature control dial to the
desired position.
4. Set the fan control dial to the desired
speed.
5. Turn on the air conditioner by pressing
the A/C switch.
NOTE
One of the functions of the air conditioner is
dehumidifying the air and, to use this function,
the temperature does not have to be set to cold.
Therefore, set the temperature control dial to
the desired position (hot or cold) and turn on
the air conditioner when you want to
dehumidify the cabin air.
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Antenna
Operating Tips for Audio
System
qDetachable Type
To remove the antenna, turn it
counterclockwise.
To install the antenna, turn it clockwise.
Make sure the antenna is securely
installed.
Install
Remove
WARNING
Do not adjust the audio control
switches while driving the vehicle:
Adjusting the audio while driving the
vehicle is dangerous as it could
distract your attention from the
vehicle operation which could lead to
a serious accident. Always adjust the
audio while the vehicle is stopped.
Even if the audio control switches are
equipped on the steering wheel, learn
to use the switches without looking
down at them so that you can keep
your maximum attention on the road
while driving the vehicle.
CAUTION
CAUTION
To prevent damage to the antenna,
remove it before entering a car wash
facility or passing beneath a low
overhead clearance.
NOTE
When leaving your vehicle unattended, we
recommend that you remove the antenna and
store it inside the vehicle.
For the purposes of safe driving,
adjust the audio volume to a level
that allows you to hear sounds
outside of the vehicle.
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Do not use the audio for long periods of
time while the engine is off. Otherwise the
battery could go dead.
If a cellular phone or CB radio is used in
or near the vehicle, it could cause noise to
occur from the audio system, however, this
does not indicate that the system has been
damaged.
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qRadio Reception
AM characteristics
AM signals bend around such things as
buildings or mountains and bounce off the
ionosphere. Therefore, they can reach
longer distances than FM signals. Because
of this, two stations may sometimes be
picked up on the same frequency at the
same time.
Signals from an FM transmitter are similar
to beams of light because they do not
bend around corners, but they do reflect.
Unlike AM signals, FM signals cannot
travel beyond the horizon. Therefore, FM
stations cannot be received at the great
distances possible with AM reception.
Ionosphere
FM wave
AM wave
Ionosphere
FM wave
100—200 km (60—120 miles)
Station 1
Station 2
FM characteristics
An FM broadcast range is usually about
40―50 km (25―30 miles) from the
source. Because of extra coding needed to
break the sound into two channels, stereo
FM has even less range than monaural
(non-stereo) FM.
FM Station
40—50km
(25—30 miles)
Atmospheric conditions can also affect
FM reception. High humidity will cause
poor reception. However, cloudy days
may provide better reception than clear
days.
Multipath noise
Since FM signals can be reflected by
obstructions, it is possible to receive both
the direct signal and the reflected signal at
the same time. This causes a slight delay
in reception and may be heard as a broken
sound or a distortion. This problem may
also be encountered when in close
proximity to the transmitter.
Reflected wave
Direct
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Flutter/Skip noise
Signals from an FM transmitter move in
straight lines and become weak in valleys
between tall buildings, mountains, and
other obstacles. When a vehicle passes
through such an area, the reception
conditions may change suddenly, resulting
in annoying noise.
Strong signal noise
This occurs very close to a transmitter
tower. The broadcast signals are
extremely strong, so the result is noise and
sound breakup at the radio receiver.
Station drift noise
Weak signal noise
In suburban areas, broadcast signals
become weak because of distance from
the transmitter. Reception in such fringe
areas is characterized by sound breakup.
When a vehicle reaches the area of two
strong stations broadcasting at similar
frequencies, the original station may be
temporarily lost and the second station
picked up. At this time there will be some
noise from this disturbance.
Station 1
88.1 MHz
Station 2
88.3 MHz
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qOperating Tips for CD Player/InDash CD Changer
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The CD revolves at high speed within
the unit. Defective (cracked or badly
bent) CDs should never be used.
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Do not use non-conventional discs
such as heart-shaped, octagonal discs,
etc. The disc may not eject resulting in
a malfunction.
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If the memory portion of the CD is
transparent or translucent, do not use
the disc.
Condensation phenomenon
Immediately after turning on the heater
when the vehicle is cold, the CD or
optical components (prism and lens) in the
CD player/In-dash CD changer may
become clouded with condensation. At
this time, the CD will eject immediately
when placed in the unit. A clouded CD
can be corrected simply by wiping it with
a soft cloth. Clouded optical components
will clear naturally in about an hour. Wait
for normal operation to return before
attempting to use the unit.
Handling the CD player/In-dash CD
changer
The following precautions should be
observed.
l Do not spill any liquid on the audio
system.
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Do not insert any objects, other than
CDs, into the slot.
Transparent
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A new CD may have rough edges on
its inner and outer perimeters. If a disc
with rough edges is used, proper
setting will not be possible and the CD
player/In-dash CD changer will not
play the CD. In addition, the disc may
not eject resulting in a malfunction.
Remove the rough edges in advance by
using a ball-point pen or pencil as
shown below. To remove the rough
edges, rub the side of the pen or pencil
against the inner and outer perimeter of
the CD.
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When driving over uneven surfaces,
the sound may jump.
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The CD player/In-dash CD changer has
been designed to play CDs bearing the
identification logo as shown. No other
discs can be played.
Use discs that have been legitimately
produced. If illegally-copied discs such
as pirated discs are used, the system
may not operate properly.
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In-dash CD changer
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Be sure never to touch the signal
surface when handling the CDs. Pick
up a CD by grasping the outer edge or
the edge of the hole and the outer edge.
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Do not stick paper or tape on the CD.
Avoid scratching the reverse side (the
side without a label). The disc may not
eject resulting in a malfunction.
Dust, finger smudges, and dirt can
decrease the amount of light reflected
from the signal surface, thus affecting
sound quality. If the CD should
become soiled, gently wipe it with a
soft cloth from the center of the CD to
the edge.
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Do not use record sprays, antistatic
agents, or household spray cleaners.
Volatile chemicals such as benzine and
thinner can also damage the surface of
the CD and must not be used. Anything
that can damage, warp, or fog plastic
should never be used to clean CDs.
Insert discs one by one. If two discs are
inserted at the same time, the system
may not operate properly.
CD TEXT textual information cannot
be displayed by audio units other than
the In-dash CD changer (MP3
compatible type only). (Only playback
is possible.)
The following player can play MP3
files recorded in CD-ROM, CD-R, and
CD-RW.
· In-dash CD changer (MP3
compatible type only)
The CD player/In-dash CD changer
ejects the CD if the CD is inserted
upside down. Also dirty and/or
defective CDs may be ejected.
An 8 cm (3 in) CD can be played in the
CD player.
The In-dash CD changer is specially
made for 12 cm (5 in) CDs.
An 8 cm (3 in) CD can be played in the
In-dash CD changer (MP3 compatible
type only) if an 8 cm (3 in) CD adapter
is used.
If an 8 cm (3 in) CD adapter is not
used, the In-dash CD changer (MP3
compatible type only) may be
damaged. Always use a CD adapter.
An 8 cm (3 in) CD cannot be played in
the In-dash CD changer (MP3 noncompatible type only) even if an 8 cm
(3 in) CD adapter is used.
Do not insert cleaning discs in the CD
player/In-dash CD changer.
Do not insert any disc with a peel-off
seal affixed to it.
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Handling the In-dash CD changer
l This unit may not be able to play
certain CD-R/CD-RWs made using a
computer or music CD recorder due to
disc characteristics, scratches,
smudges, dirt, etc., or due to dust or
condensation on the lens inside the
unit.
l Storing CDs in the vehicle exposed to
direct sunlight or high temperature may
damage the CD-R/CD-RWs, and make
them unplayable.
l CD-R/CD-RW exceeding 700 MB
cannot be played.
l This unit may not be able to play
certain discs made using a computer
due to the application (writing
software) setting used. (For details,
consult the store where the application
was purchased.)
l It is possible that certain text data, such
as titles, recorded on a CD-R/CD-RW
may not be displayed when musical
data (CD-DA) is playing.
l The period from when a CD-RW is
inserted to when it begins playing is
longer than a normal CD or CD-R.
l Completely read the instruction manual
and cautions for CD-R/CD-RWs.
l Do not use discs with cellophane tape
adhering, partially peeled off labels, or
adhesive material exuding from the
edges of the CD label. Also, do not use
discs with a commercially-available
CD-R label affixed. The disc may not
eject resulting in a malfunction.
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qOperating tips for MP3
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NOTE
Supply of this product only conveys a license
for private, non-commercial use and does not
convey a license nor imply any right to use this
product in any commercial (i.e. revenuegenerating) real time broadcasting (terrestrial,
satellite, cable and/or any other media),
broadcasting/streaming via the Internet,
intranets and/or other networks or in other
electronic content distribution systems, such as
pay-audio or audio-on-demand applications.
An independent license for such use is
required. For details, please visit http://
www.mp3licensing.com.
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If a disc has both music data (CD-DA)
and MP3 files, playback of the two file
types differs depending on how the
disc was recorded.
Packet written discs cannot be played
on this unit.
This unit does not play CDs recorded
using MP3i (MP3 interactive), MP3
PRO and RIFF MP3 formats.
This audio system handles MP3 files
that have been recorded on CD-R/CDRW/CD-ROMs. Discs that have been
recorded using the following formats
can be played:
ISO 9660 level 1
ISO 9660 level 2
Joliet extended format
Romeo extended format
This unit handles MP3 files
conforming to the MP3 format
containing both header frames and data
frames.
This unit can play multi-session
recorded discs that have up to 40
sessions.
This unit can play MP3s with sampling
frequencies of 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48
kHz.
This unit can play MP3 files that have
been recorded in bit rates of 8 kbps to
320 kbps. Nonetheless, to insure
enjoyment of music with consistent
sound quality, it is recommended to use
discs that have been recorded at a bit
rate of 128 kbps or more.
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About folders and files
l The order of hierarchy for MP3 files
and folders during playback or other
functions is from shallow to deep. The
arrangement and playing order of a
recorded disc containing MP3 files is
as follows:
File number
A numerical file number is assigned
to each file in a folder in the order of
hierarchy from shallow to deep.
Folder number
A numerical folder number is
assigned to each folder in the order
of hierarchy from shallow to deep.
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02
04
MP3 files not conforming to the MP3
format containing both header frames
and data frames will be skipped and
not played.
This unit will play MP3 files that have
up to eight levels. However, the more
levels a disc has, the longer it will take
to initially start playing. It is
recommended to record discs with two
levels or less.
A single disc with up to 512 files can
be played and a single folder with up to
255 files can be played.
When naming an MP3 file, be sure to
add an MP3 file extension (.mp3) after
the file name.
The maximum number of characters
that can be used for file names is as
follows. However, this unit will only
display up to 30 characters, including
the file extension (.mp3).
3
03
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ISO9660 level 1
ISO9660 level 2
Joliet extended
format
Romeo extended
format
1
* English one-byte characters (capitalized only) and
underbar “_” are available.
05
4
06
Level1 Level2 Level3 Level4
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characters in a file name
(including a separator “.”
and the three letters of the
file extension)
12*
31*
The folder order is automatically
assigned and this order cannot be
optionally set.
Any folder without an MP3 file will be
ignored. (It will be skipped and the
folder number will not be displayed.)
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CAUTION
This unit can only play MP3 files that
have an MP3 file extension (.mp3)
attached. Do not attach an MP3 file
extension to any other type file as it
could cause noise to be emitted or a
malfunction in the unit.
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About ID3 Tag display
l This unit can only display ID3 Tag
album, track and artist names that have
been input using Ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3
formats. Any other data that may have
been input cannot be displayed.
l This unit can only display English
(including numerals) one-byte
characters. Use only English (including
numerals) one-byte characters when
inputting ID3 tags. Two-byte characters
and some special symbols cannot be
displayed.
Specialized glossary
MP3
Abbreviation for “MPEG Audio Layer 3”.
A technical standard for audio
compression as decided by an ISO
(International Organization for
Standardization) MPEG working group.
Use of MP3 allows for audio data to be
compressed to approximately a tenth of
the source data size.
ISO 9660
An international standard for logical
formatting of CD-ROM files and folders.
It is divided into three separate levels
based on differences in file naming
procedures, data configuration and other
characteristics.
Multi-session
A session is the complete amount of data
recorded from the beginning to the end of
a single period of CD-ROM, CD-R/CDRW data recording. Multi-session refers to
the existence of data from two or more
sessions on a single disc.
Sampling
Refers to the process of encoding analog
audio data at regular intervals and
converting it to digital data. The sampling
rate refers to the number of times a
sample is taken in one second and is
expressed in Hz units. Increasing the
sampling rate improves the sound quality
but also increases the data size.
Bit rate
Refers to the volume of data per second,
expressed in bps (bits per second).
Generally, the larger the number of the
transfer bit rate when compressing an
MP3 file, the more information regarding
musical reproduction it carries, and
therefore the better the sound quality.
Packet writing
A general term for the method, similar to
that used for floppy discs or hard drives,
of recording the required file in a single
increment on a CD-R and similar.
ID3 Tag
ID3 tag is a method for storing
information related to the music in an
MP3 file. Information such as track, artist
and album name can be stored. This
content can be freely edited using ID3
editing function software.
VBR
Abbreviation for Variable Bit Rate. While
CBR (Constant Bit Rate) is generally
used, VBR varies the bit rate for audio
compression according to compression
conditions and this allows for
compression with preference given to
sound quality.
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Audio Set
There are two types of In-dash CD changers. Check which In-dash CD changer your
vehicle is equipped with.
CD Player
In-Dash CD Changer (non-MP3 compatible)
In-dash CD Changer (MP3 compatible)
Illustration is of a representative audio unit.
Power/Volume/Sound Controls .............................................................................. page 6-20
Clock ...................................................................................................................... page 6-24
Operating the Radio ............................................................................................... page 6-26
Operating the Compact Disc (CD) Player .............................................................. page 6-30
Operating the In-Dash CD Changer ....................................................................... page 6-32
Error Indications ..................................................................................................... page 6-37
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qPower/Volume/Sound Controls
Power/Volume dial
Audio control dial
Power ON/OFF
Audio sound adjustment
Turn the ignition switch to the ACC or
ON position.
1. Press the audio control dial to select the
function. The selected function will be
indicated.
Press the power/volume dial to turn the
audio system on.
Press the power/volume dial again to turn
the audio system off.
Standard audioequipped model
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NOTE
To prevent the battery from being discharged,
do not leave the audio system on for a long
period of time when the engine is not running.
Volume adjustment
To adjust the volume, turn the power/
volume dial.
Turn the power/volume dial to the right to
increase volume, to the left to decrease it.
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Bose® Sound System-equipped model
Bose Sound
Systemequipped model
*2
Indication
OFF
*1 If your vehicle is not equipped with
rear speakers, adjust the power/
volume dial so the level is even.
*2 Depending on the mode selected, the
indication changes.
2. Turn the audio control dial to adjust the
selected functions as follows:
Standard audio-equipped model
Turn Left Turn Right
Select mode
Decrease
Increase
bass
bass
Decrease
Increase
treble
treble
Shift the
Shift the
sound to the sound to the
front
rear
Shift the
Shift the
sound to the sound to the
left
right
OFF
ON
Decrease
Increase
bass
bass
Decrease
Increase
treble
treble
Shift the
Shift the
sound to the sound to the
front
rear
Shift the
Shift the
sound to the sound to the
left
right
*2
Indication
Turn Left Turn Right
OFF
ON
NOTE
About 5 seconds after selecting any mode, the
volume function will be automatically selected.
To reset bass, treble, fade, and balance, press
the audio control dial for 2 seconds. The unit
will beep and “CLEAR” will be displayed.
Automatic Level Control (ALC)
(Standard audio-equipped model)
The automatic level control is a feature
that automatically adjusts audio volume
and sound quality according to the vehicle
speed.
The volume increases in accordance with
the increase in vehicle speed, and
decreases as vehicle speed decreases.
ON
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The following seven modes are available.
Select the desired mode according to use.
Mode
Use
Volume
change
ALC does
No change
not operate.
Use when Minimum
the roof is
closed.
Medium
Three levels
are
available. Maximum
Use when Minimum
the roof is
open.
Medium
Three levels
are
available. Maximum
Turn the audio control dial to select the
desired mode. The selected mode will be
indicated.
*
AudioPilot® (Bose® Sound Systemequipped model)
AudioPilot automatically adjusts audio
volume and sound quality in accordance
with the level of noise entering the vehicle
interior while driving. When AudioPilot is
turned ON, the system automatically
calculates the conditions for optimum
hearing of sound which may be difficult
to hear depending on exterior noise.
The system is also equipped to optimally
adjust the acoustic characteristics
automatically while the roof is open or
closed. The acoustic adjustment occurs
with the lock/unlock operation of the top
latch on the roof, and while the
adjustment is being done, the audio is
muted for about 1.5 sec, and then fades in.
* AudioPilot® is a registered trademark
of Bose Corporation.
BEEP setting
The beep-sound when operating the audio
system can be set on or off.
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qClock
Display
12/24-hour clock time switch
Clock/Display switch
Hour/Minute set switch
Setting the time
The clock can be set at any time when the
ignition switch is in the ACC or ON
position.
1. To adjust the time, pull up the clock/
display switch for about 2 seconds until
a beep is heard.
2. The currently set time and hour setting
display flashes.
l
Time adjustment
To advance the hours, pull up the
hour/minute set switch.
To advance the minutes, press down
the hour/minute set switch.
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Switching between 12 and 24-hour
clock time
To change the display to 12-hour
clock time, pull up the 12/24-hour
clock time switch.
To change the display to 24-hour
clock time, press down the 12/24hour clock time switch.
3. Pull up the clock/display switch again
to start the clock.
Exact hour adjustment
1. To set the exact hour, pull up the clock/
display switch for about 2 seconds until
a beep is heard.
The clock's current time will flash.
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2. Pull up the clock/display switch again
and the time will be adjusted as
follows:
(Example)
12:01―12:29→12:00
12:30―12:59→1:00
NOTE
l
l
When the clock/display switch is released,
the seconds are reset to “00”.
If the power supply to the unit is interrupted
(if the fuse blows or the vehicle's battery is
disconnected), the clock will need to be
reset.
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qOperating the Radio
Band selector button
Satellite button
Electric serial number switch
Display
Manual tuning dial
Scan/Auto memory switch
Seek tuning/APC switch
Channel preset switches
Radio ON
Press a band selector button (
turn the radio on.
Tuning
) to
Band selection
Successively pressing the band selector
) switches the bands as
button (
follows: FM1→FM2→AM.
The selected mode will be indicated. If
FM stereo is being received, “ST” will be
displayed.
NOTE
If the FM broadcast signal becomes weak,
reception automatically changes from
STEREO to MONO for reduced noise, and the
“ST” indicator will go out.
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The radio has the following tuning
methods: Manual, Seek, Scan, Preset
channel, and Auto memory tuning. The
easiest way to tune stations is to set them
on preset channels.
NOTE
If the power supply is interrupted (fuse blows
or the battery is disconnected), the preset
channels will be canceled.
Manual tuning
Turning the manual tuning dial will
change the frequency higher or lower.
Seek tuning
Pulling up or pressing down the seek
tuning/APC switch will cause the tuner to
seek a higher or lower frequency
automatically.
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NOTE
If you continue to, pull up or press down and
hold the seek tuning/APC switch the frequency
will continue changing without stopping.
Scan tuning
Pull up the scan/auto memory switch to
automatically sample strong stations.
Scanning stops at each station for about 5
seconds. To hold a station, pull up the
scan/auto memory switch again during
this interval.
Preset channel tuning
The 6 preset channels can be used to store
6 AM and 12 FM stations.
1. To set a channel first select AM, FM1,
or FM2. Tune to the desired station.
2. Depress a channel preset button for
about 2 seconds until a beep sound is
heard. The preset channel number and
station frequency will be displayed.
The station is now held in the memory.
Press down and hold the scan/auto
memory switch for about 2 seconds until a
beep sound is heard; the system will
automatically scan and temporarily store
up to 6 stations with the strongest
frequencies in each selected band in that
area.
After scanning is completed, the station
with the strongest frequency will be tuned
and its frequency displayed.
Press down and release the scan/auto
memory switch to recall stations from the
auto-stored stations. One stored station
will be selected each time; its frequency
and channel number will be displayed.
NOTE
If no stations can be tuned after scanning
operations, “A” will be displayed.
Auto memory tuning
SATELLITE RADIO (SAT)
Vehicles equipped with the separately
purchased SIRIUS digital satellite radio
unit have the ability to receive channels of
digital quality programming coast to coast
via satellite. For information on use, read
the Satellite Radio Kit manual
accompanying the SIRIUS digital satellite
radio unit. A subscription to SIRIUS
digital satellite radio service is required
(available in the U.S. - Except Alaska and
Hawaii) to enable this feature once the
separately purchased SIRIUS digital
satellite radio unit has been installed. For
subscription and channel information, or
for digital satellite radio technical issues,
contact SIRIUS directly at:
This is especially useful when driving in
an area where the local stations are not
known. Additional AM/FM stations can
be stored without disturbing the
previously set channels.
- Web: www.siriusradio.com
- Phone (24 hrs/day, 7 days/week): 888539-SIRI (7474)
- E-mail: [email protected]
- Mailing Address: Sirius Satellite Radio
3. Repeat this operation for the other
stations and bands you want to store.
To tune one in the memory, select AM,
FM1, or FM2 and then press its
channel preset button. The station
frequency and the channel number will
be displayed.
NOTE
If the power supply is interrupted (fuse blows
or the battery is disconnected), the preset
channels will be canceled.
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New York, NY 10020
Attention: Customer Care
Include your Sirius Radio ESN
(Electronic Serial Number) when
subscribing or requesting technical
assistance. See the Satellite Radio Kit
manual accompanying the SIRIUS unit
for complete satellite radio activation
procedures and information on how to
display the ESN#.
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qOperating the Compact Disc (CD) Player í
Display
Load button
CD play button
CD slot
Random button
Track up/down switch
Repeat button
Type
Playable data
Music CD player
· Music data (CD-DA)
(non-MP3 compatible)
Inserting the CD
Insert the CD into the slot, label-side up.
The auto-loading mechanism will set the
CD and begin play. There will be a short
lapse before play begins while the player
reads the digital signals on the CD.
Ejecting the CD
Press the CD eject button (
CD.
) to eject the
Playback
Press the CD play button ( ) to start
play when a CD is in the unit.
If a CD is not in the unit when the CD
play button ( ) is pressed, “NO DISC”
will flash on and off.
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CD eject button
Fast-forward/Reverse switch
Scan/Auto memory switch
NOTE
When the load button (
) is pressed, the
CD will load and play even if the CD eject
button ( ) had been previously pressed.
Fast-forward/Reverse
Pull up and hold the fast-forward/reverse
switch to advance through a track at high
speed.
Press down and hold the fast-forward/
reverse switch to reverse through a track
at high speed.
Track search
Pull up the track up/down switch once to
skip forward to the beginning of the next
track.
Press down the track up/down switch
once to skip back to the beginning of the
current track.
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Music scan
This feature helps to find a program by
playing about the first 10 seconds of each
track.
Pull up the scan/auto memory switch
during playback to start the scan play
operation (the track number will flash).
Pull up the scan/auto memory switch
again to cancel scan playback.
NOTE
If the unit is left in scan, normal playback will
resume where scan was selected.
Repeat playback
This feature makes it possible to listen to
a selection repeatedly.
Press the repeat button (
) during
playback. The current selection will be
repeated (“RPT” will be displayed).
Press the repeat button (
) once again
to cancel repeat playback.
Random playback
This feature allows the CD player to
randomly select the order of the songs.
Press the random button (
) during
playback. The next selection will be
randomly selected (“RDM” will be
displayed).
Press the random button (
) once
again to cancel random playback.
Message display
If “CHECK CD” is displayed, it means
that there is some CD malfunction. Check
the CD for damage, dirt, or smudges, and
then properly reinsert. If the message
appears again, take the unit to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer for service.
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qOperating the In-Dash CD Changer í
Music CD player (non-MP3 compatible)
Music CD/MP3 CD player (MP3 compatible)
Load button
CD slot
Channel preset buttons
CD play button
CD eject button
Display
feed dial
Display
Disc
down/Folder
down button
Track
up/down
switch
Disc up/Folder
Random button
up button
Scan/Auto memory Fast-forward/Reverse
Clock/Display switch
Repeat button
switch
switch
There are two types of In-dash CD
changers. Check which In-dash CD
changer your vehicle is equipped with.
Type
Playable data
Music CD player
· Music data (CD-DA)
(non-MP3 compatible)
Music CD/MP3 CD
· Music data (CD-DA)
player
· MP3 file
(MP3 compatible)
NOTE
If a disc has both music data (CD-DA) and
MP3 files, playback of the two file types differs
depending on how the disc was recorded.
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Inserting the CD
The CD must be label-side up when
inserting. The auto-loading mechanism
will set the CD and begin play. There will
be a short lapse before play begins while
the player reads the digital signals on the
CD.
The disc number and the track number
will be displayed.
NOTE
The CD will begin playback automatically
after insertion.
A CD cannot be inserted while the display
reads “WAIT”. A beeping sound can be heard
during this waiting time. Simultaneously
pressing the power/volume dial and the load
button (
) for about 2 seconds will turn
this beeping sound ON or OFF.
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Normal insertion
1. Press the load button (
Ejecting the CD
).
2. When “IN” is displayed, insert the CD.
Inserting CDs into desired tray number
1. Press and hold the load button (
)
for about 2 seconds until a beep sound
is heard.
2. Press the channel preset button for the
desired tray number while “WAIT” is
displayed.
3. When “IN” is displayed, insert the CD.
NOTE
The CD cannot be inserted to the desired tray
number if the number is already occupied.
Multiple insertion
1. Press and hold the load button (
)
for about 2 seconds until a beep sound
is heard.
Normal ejection
1. Press the CD eject button ( ). The
disc number and “DISC OUT” will be
displayed.
2. Pull out the CD.
NOTE
When the CD is ejected during play, the next
CD will be played automatically.
Ejecting CDs from desired tray number
1. Press and hold the CD eject button ( )
for about 2 seconds until a beep sound
is heard.
The “DISC OUT” display flashes.
2. Press the channel preset button for the
desired CD number for less than 5
seconds after the beep sound is heard.
3. Pull out the CD.
2. When “IN” is displayed, insert the CD.
Multiple ejection
3. When “IN” is displayed again, insert
the next CD.
1. Press and hold the CD eject button ( )
for about 2 seconds until a beep sound
is heard.
The “DISC OUT” display flashes.
NOTE
The first-inserted CD will be played
automatically when:
l No other CD is inserted within 15 seconds
after “IN” is displayed.
l The CD trays are full.
Displaying the CD-inserted tray
number
When you want to know the number for a
CD-inserted tray, press down the clock/
display switch. The tray number will be
displayed for 5 seconds.
2. Pull out the CD, then the next CD will
be ejected.
NOTE
l
l
l
CDs will be ejected starting with the one
with the lowest number.
All CDs in the tray will be ejected
continuously.
CDs can be ejected when the ignition
switch is off. Press and hold the CD eject
button ( ) for about 2 seconds and all
CDs will eject.
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Playback
Press the CD play button ( ) to start
play when a CD is in the unit.
If a CD is not in the unit when the CD
play button ( ) is pressed, “NO DISC”
will flash on and off.
Fast-forward/Reverse
Pull up and hold the fast-forward/reverse
switch to advance through a track at high
speed.
Press down and hold the fast-forward/
reverse switch to reverse through a track
at high speed.
Music scan
This feature helps to find a program by
playing about the first 10 seconds of each
track.
Pull up the scan/auto memory switch
during playback to start the scan play
operation (the track number will flash).
Pull up the scan/auto memory switch
again to cancel scan playback.
NOTE
If the unit is left in scan, normal playback will
resume where scan was selected.
Track search
Repeat playback
Pull up the track up/down switch once to
skip forward to the beginning of the next
track.
Press down the track up/down switch
once to skip back to the beginning of the
current track.
During music CD playback
Disc search
During music CD playback
To change the disc, press the DISC button
(
or
) during playback.
During MP3 CD playback
To change the disc, press the DISC button
(
or
) for 1.5 seconds or
more during playback.
Folder search (during MP3 CD
playback)
To change to the previous folder, press the
) for less than
folder down button (
1.5 seconds, or press the folder up button
(
) for less than 1.5 seconds to
advance to the next folder.
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1. Press the repeat button (
) during
playback to play the current track
repeatedly. “RPT” is displayed.
2. Press the button again to cancel the
repeat playback.
During MP3 CD playback
(Track repeat)
1. Press the repeat button (
) during
playback to play the current track
repeatedly. “RPT” is displayed.
2. To cancel the repeat playback, press the
button again after 3 seconds.
(Folder repeat)
1. Press the repeat button (
) during
playback, and then press the button
again within 3 seconds to play the
tracks in the current folder repeatedly.
“RPT” is displayed.
2. Press the button again to cancel the
repeat playback.
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Random playback
Tracks are randomly selected and played.
Music CD
Track number/Elapsed
time display
During music CD playback
1. Press the random button (
) during
playback to play the tracks in the CD
randomly. “RDM” is displayed.
Disc tray number
File name display
2. Press the button again to cancel the
random playback.
Album name display
During MP3 CD playback
Artist name display
(Folder random)
1. Press the random button (
) during
playback to play the tracks in the folder
randomly. “RDM” is displayed.
MP3 CD
Disc number/File
number/Elapsed
time display
2. To cancel the random playback, press
the button again after 3 seconds.
Disc tray number
(CD random)
1. Press the random button (
) during
playback, and then press the button
again within 3 seconds to play the
tracks on the CD randomly. “RDM” is
displayed.
Folder number/Track
number
File name
2. Press the button again to cancel the
random playback.
Folder name
Switching the display (MP3 compatible
type)
Album name (ID3 Tag)
Each time the clock/display switch is
pressed down during playback, the
display will switch in the following order.
Song name (ID3 Tag)
Artist name (ID3 Tag)
NOTE
(MP3 CD)
This unit can only read English (including
numerals) one-byte characters. Depending on
the CD writing software used, proper display
may not be possible.
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Display scroll (MP3 compatible type)
Only 12 characters can be displayed at
one time. To display the rest of the
characters of a long title, turn the display
feed dial (
) to the right. Hidden
titles can be scrolled into the display one
character at a time.
NOTE
The displayable number of characters is
limited. If the number of characters, including
the file extension (.mp3), exceeds 32
characters, it may not be fully displayed.
Message display
If “CHECK CD” is displayed, it means
that there is some CD malfunction. Check
the CD for damage, dirt, or smudges, and
then properly reinsert. If the message
appears again, take the unit to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer for service.
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qError Indications
If you see an error indication on the display, find the cause in the chart. If you cannot clear
the error indication, take the vehicle to an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Indication
Cause
CD is inserted upside down
CHECK CD
CD is defective
Solution
Insert the CD properly. If the error indication
does not disappear, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer
Insert another CD properly. If the error indication
does not disappear, consult an Authorized Mazda
Dealer
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Audio Control Switch
Operation (Steering Wheel) í
When the audio unit is turned on,
operation of the audio unit from the
steering wheel is possible.
qAdjusting the Volume
To increase the volume, pull up the
volume switch.
To decrease the volume, press down the
volume switch.
NOTE
Because the audio unit will be turned off under
the following conditions, the switches will be
inoperable.
l When the ignition switch is turned to the
LOCK position.
l When the power button on the audio unit is
pressed and the audio unit is turned off.
l When all CDs are ejected.
qChanging the Source
Press the mode switch (
) to change
the audio source (FM1 radio> FM2 radio>
AM radio> CD player or CD changer>
SIRIUS1> SIRIUS2> SIRIUS3>
cyclical).
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Audio System
NOTE
CD, CD changer, and SIRIUS digital satellite
radio modes cannot be selected in the
following cases:
l SIRIUS digital satellite radio unit is not
equipped on the audio system.
l CD has not been inserted.
qSeek Switch
qMute Switch
Press the mute switch ( ) once to mute
audio, press it again to resume audio
output.
NOTE
l
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l
l
l
The mute will be canceled in the following
cases:
The ignition switch is turned to the LOCK
position.
The power/volume dial is turned to ON.
The mode switch is pressed to change to
another source.
The volume switch is operated.
When listening to the radio
Pull up or press down the seek switch, the
radio switches to the next/previous stored
station in the order that it was stored
(1―6).
Pull up or press down the seek switch for
about 2 seconds until a beep sound is
heard to seek all usable stations at a
higher or lower frequency whether
programmed or not.
When playing a CD
Pull up the seek switch to skip to the next
track.
Press down the seek switch to repeat the
current track.
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Audio System
Safety Certification
This CD player is made and tested to meet exacting safety standards. It meets FCC
requirements and complies with safety performance standards of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
CAUTION
Ø This CD player should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except qualified
service personnel.
If servicing is required, contact an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Ø Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those
specified herein may result in hazardous laser exposure. Never operate the CD
player with the top case of the unit removed.
Ø Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment.
NOTE
For CD player section:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation.
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Interior Equipment
Sunvisors
When you need a sunvisor, lower it for
use in front.
qVanity Mirrors
Interior Lights
qOverhead Light
Switch
Position
Overhead Light
Light off
To use the vanity mirror, lower the
sunvisor.
Light is on when any door is open
Light on
qTrunk Light
Switch
Position
Trunk Light
Light off
Light on when the trunk is open
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Interior Equipment
Cup Holder
WARNING
Never use a cup holder to hold hot
liquids while the vehicle is moving:
Using a cup holder to hold hot liquids
while the vehicle is moving is
dangerous. If the contents spill, you
could be scalded.
Do not put anything other than cups or
drink cans in cup holders:
Putting objects other than cups or
drink cans in a cup holder is
dangerous.
During sudden braking or
maneuvering, occupants could be hit
and injured, or objects could be
thrown around the vehicle, causing
interference with the driver and the
possibility of an accident. Only use a
cup holder for cups or drink cans.
CAUTION
To reduce the possibility of injury in
an accident or a sudden stop, keep
cup holders closed when not in use.
To open the cup holder lid, push the
button and slide it open.
Button
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Bottle Holder
Bottle holders are on the inside of the
doors.
Bottle holder
CAUTION
Do not use the bottle holders for
containers without caps. The
contents may spill when the door is
opened or closed.
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Interior Equipment
Storage Compartments
WARNING
Keep storage boxes closed when
driving:
Driving with the storage boxes open
is dangerous. To reduce the
possibility of injury in an accident or
a sudden stop, keep the storage
boxes closed when driving.
qSeat Side Box
To open, pull the release catch.
Insert the key and turn it clockwise to
lock, counterclockwise to unlock.
Unlock
Lock
CAUTION
Do not leave lighters or eyeglasses in
the storage boxes while parked under
the sun. A lighter could explode or
the plastic material in eyeglasses
could deform and crack from high
temperature.
qGlove Box
qBack Trim Storage Box í
Small items can be stored in the back trim
storage box.
To open the glove box, pull the latch
toward you.
Insert the key (auxiliary key*) and turn it
clockwise to lock, counterclockwise to
unlock.
* Advanced key equipped vehicle
Without the lid
With the lid
Unlock
To use the back trim storage box
Lock
1. To use the desired storage box, slide
the seat in front of it all the way
forward.
Refer to Seat Slide on page 2-2.
2. Fold the seatback forward all the way
down.
Refer to Seat Recline on page 2-2.
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3. If your vehicle has a lid, pull the latch
to open.
When finished, return the seat to its
original position and secure it. After
returning the seat to its original position,
make sure the seat is secured by
attempting to lightly move it forward and
backward.
Accessory Socket
The ignition switch must be in the ACC
or ON position.
Only use genuine Mazda accessories or
the equivalent requiring no greater than
120 W (DC 12 V, 10 A).
CAUTION
Do not store excessive weight in the
back trim storage box as it could be
damaged.
qMesh Pocket (Passenger Side) í
Maps or pamphlets can be placed in the
mesh pocket.
CAUTION
To prevent accessory socket damage
or electrical failure, pay attention to
the following:
Ø Do not use accessories that require
more than 120 W (DC 12 V, 10 A).
Ø Do not use accessories that are not
genuine Mazda accessories or the
equivalent.
Ø Close the cover when the accessory
socket is not in use to prevent
foreign objects and liquids from
getting into the accessory socket.
Ø Correctly insert the plug into the
accessory socket.
NOTE
To prevent discharging of the battery, do not
use the socket for long periods with the engine
off or idling.
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Windblocker
This windblocker reduces rear wind blast
into the cabin when driving with the
convertible top down.
To use the windblocker, lift it upright.
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In Case of an Emergency
Helpful information on what to do in an emergency.
Parking in an Emergency ............................................................. 7-2
Parking in an Emergency .......................................................... 7-2
Flat Tire ......................................................................................... 7-3
Flat Tire í .................................................................................. 7-3
Tool Storage .............................................................................. 7-5
Instant Mobility System (IMS) Emergency Flat Tire Repair
Kit í .......................................................................................... 7-7
Changing a Tire ....................................................................... 7-13
Overheating ................................................................................. 7-18
Overheating ............................................................................. 7-18
Emergency Starting ....................................................................
Starting a Flooded Engine .......................................................
Jump-Starting ..........................................................................
Push-Starting ...........................................................................
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7-20
7-21
7-24
Emergency Towing .....................................................................
Towing Description .................................................................
Tiedown Hooks .......................................................................
Recreational Towing ...............................................................
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Parking in an Emergency
Parking in an Emergency
The hazard warning lights should always
be used when you stop on or near a
roadway in an emergency.
The hazard warning lights warn other
drivers that your vehicle is a traffic hazard
and that they must take extreme caution
when near it.
Depress the hazard warning flasher and all
the turn signals will flash.
NOTE
l
l
The turn signals do not work when the
hazard warning lights are on.
Check local regulations about the use of
hazard warning lights while the vehicle is
being towed to verify that it is not in
violation of the law.
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In Case of an Emergency
Flat Tire
Flat Tire í
Either run-flat tires or conventional tires
are equipped on your Mazda depending
on the specification, therefore the
procedure for repairing a flat tire differs
depending on the type of tire. Before
driving, make sure which type of tire is
equipped on your Mazda. If you cannot
identify your tire type, consult an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
qHow to identify your tire type
Run-flat tire
A run-flat tire has a “RFT” mark on the
side wall.
qVehicle with run-flat tires
WARNING
Have the tires checked or perform the
appropriate repair as soon as possible
by an Authorized Mazda Dealer:
When the flat tire warning light
illuminates or the tire pressure
warning beep sound is heard, it is
dangerous to drive the vehicle at high
speeds, or perform sudden
maneuvering or braking. Vehicle
drivability could worsen and result in
an accident.
When the flat tire warning light
illuminates or the tire pressure
warning beep sound is heard,
decrease vehicle speed immediately
and avoid sudden maneuvering and
braking.
If a run-flat tire is punctured, the FLAT
TIRE warning light illuminates in the
instrument cluster, and a beep sound is
heard for about 30 seconds.
Conventional tire
A conventional tire does not have a
“RFT” mark on the side wall.
NOTE
Until the flat tire is changed, the beep sound is
heard for about 30 seconds every time the
ignition switch is turned to the ON position.
Vehicles with run-flat tires can be driven
even with a punctured tire under the
following conditions.
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Flat Tire
Maximum vehicle speed with a
punctured run-flat tire: 90 km/h (55
mph)
Maximum driving distance with a
punctured rum-flat tire: 80 km (49
miles)
CAUTION
The maximum driving distance may
be shorter depending on the driving
conditions.
If a run-flat tire is punctured, carefully
drive the vehicle to the nearest Mazda
Dealer and have the tire changed.
NOTE
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A spare tire or Instant Mobility System
(IMS) emergency flat tire repair kit is not
equipped on vehicles with run-flat tires as
standard.
Replacing a punctured run-flat tire with a
new run-flat tire is recommended.
Do not use run-flat tires and conventional
tires on the same vehicle.
qVehicle with conventional tires
If the following occurs while driving, it
could indicate a flat tire.
l Steering becomes difficult.
l The vehicle begins to vibrate
excessively.
l The vehicle pulls in one direction. If a
conventional tire is punctured, refer to
“Tool Storage” (page 7-5) and “Instant
Mobility System (IMS) Emergency
Flat Tire Repair Kit” (page 7-7).
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Tool Storage
Tools are stored in the locations illustrated in the diagram.
Trunk room
Instant Mobility System (IMS) Emergency Flat Tire Repair Kit
Lug wrench
Jack Lever
Tool bag
Jack
Towing/Tiedown eyelet
Glove box
Power retractable hardtop
emergency tool bag
eyebolt
hexagonal
wrench
rope
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qJack
To secure the jack
To remove the jack
1. Insert the wing bolt into the jack with
the jack screw pointing back and turn
the wing bolt clockwise to temporarily
tighten it.
1. Turn the knob and remove the cover.
2. Turn the jack screw in the direction
shown in the figure.
Wing bolt
2. Turn the wing bolt and jack screw
counterclockwise.
Jack screw
Wing bolt
3. Turn the wing bolt completely to
secure the jack.
NOTE
If the jack is not completely secured, it could
rattle while driving. Make sure the jack screw
is sufficiently tightened.
Jack screw
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Instant Mobility System
(IMS) Emergency Flat
Tire Repair Kit í
The IMS emergency flat tire repair kit
included with your Mazda is for a
temporary repair of a slightly damaged
flat tire resulting from running over nails
or similar sharp objects on the road
surface.
qAbout the IMS Emergency Flat
Tire Repair Kit
The IMS emergency flat tire repair kit
includes the following items.
Tire sealant Injection hose
Compressor
Spare valve
core
Valve core
tool
Repaired tire
sticker
Instruction
Speed restriction
sticker
NOTE
Your vehicle is not equipped with a spare tire.
In the event of a flat tire, use the emergency
flat tire repair kit to repair the tire temporarily.
When doing the repair, refer to the instructions
included in the emergency flat tire repair kit.
After temporarily repairing a tire with the
emergency flat tire repair kit, take your vehicle
to an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the tire
replaced.
Case
WARNING
Do not allow children to touch the tire
sealant:
Ingestion of tire sealant is dangerous.
In the event tire sealant is
accidentally swallowed, drink large
amounts of water immediately and
seek medical assistance.
Do not allow children to touch the tire
sealant:
Tire sealant that comes into contact
with the eyes and skin is dangerous.
If tire sealant enters the eyes or
contacts the skin, flush immediately
with large amounts of water and
seek medical assistance.
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NOTE
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The tire sealant cannot be reused. Purchase
new tire sealant at an Authorized Mazda
Dealer.
The emergency flat tire repair kit cannot be
used in the following cases.
Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
The period of effective use for the tire
sealant has expired. (The period of
effectiveness is indicated on the bottle
label.)
The tear or puncture exceeds about
4 mm (0.16 in).
The damage has occurred to an area of
the tire other than the tread.
The vehicle has been driven with nearly
no air remaining in the tire.
The tire has come off the wheel rim.
Damage to the wheel rim has occurred.
The tire has two or more punctures.
4. Unload passengers and luggage, and
remove the emergency flat tire repair
kit.
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5. Shake the tire sealant well.
l
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qUsing the IMS Emergency Flat
Tire Repair Kit
1. Park on a level surface off the right-ofway and 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.
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CAUTION
If the bottle is shaken after the
injection hose is screwed on, tire
sealant could spray out from the
injection hose. Tire sealant
contacting clothing or other objects
may be impossible to remove. Shake
the bottle before screwing on the
injection hose.
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NOTE
The tire sealant can be used at outside
temperatures down to _30°C.
In extremely cold temperatures (0°C (32°F) or
below), the tire sealant hardens easily and
injection of the sealant will be difficult. Warm
the sealant inside the vehicle before doing the
injection work.
6. Remove the cap from the bottle. Screw
on the injection hose with the bottle's
inner cap left on to break the inner cap.
CAUTION
If there is air remaining in the tire
when the valve core is removed, the
valve core could fly out. Remove the
valve core carefully.
8. Turn the valve core counterclockwise
with the valve core tool and remove the
valve core.
Valve
Valve core
Injection hose
Bottle
NOTE
7. Remove the valve cap from the flat
tire. Press the back of a valve core tool
to the core of the tire valve and bleed
all the remaining air.
Valve
Store the valve core in a place where it won't
get dirty.
9. Remove the plug from the injection
hose and insert the injection hose into
the valve.
Plug
Valve cap
Injection hose
Valve core tool
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10. Hold the bottom of the bottle upright,
squeeze the bottle with your hands,
and inject the entire amount of tire
sealant into the tire.
NOTE
Do not throw away the empty tire sealant
bottle after use. Return the empty tire sealant
bottle to an Authorized Mazda Dealer when
replacing the tire. The empty tire sealant bottle
will need to be used to extract and dispose of
the used sealant from the tire.
13. Attach the vehicle speed restriction
sticker in a place where the driver can
easily see it.
Valve
NOTE
The tire sealant cannot be reused. Purchase a
new tire sealant kit at an Authorized Mazda
Dealer.
11. Pull out the injection hose from the
valve. Reinsert the valve core into the
valve and turn it clockwise to install
it.
12. Attach the sticker that indicates
completion of the tire repair on a flat
outer surface of the repaired tire.
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WARNING
Do not attach the vehicle speed
restriction sticker to the instrument
panel, as it would obstruct vision of
areas such as warning light indicators
or the speedometer:
Attaching the vehicle speed
restriction sticker to the steering
wheel pad is dangerous. The sticker
could interfere with air bag inflation
and cause serious injury.
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14. Install the compressor hose to the tire
valve.
Valve
Compressor hose
WARNING
Never operate the compressor above
300 kPa (3.1 kgf/cm2, 3 bar, 43.5 psi):
Operating the compressor above 300
kPa (3.1 kgf/cm2, 3 bar, 43.5 psi) is
dangerous. When the inflation
pressure rises above 300 kPa (3.1
kgf/cm2, 3 bar, 43.5 psi), heated air
will be exhausted from the back of
the compressor and you could be
burned.
CAUTION
15. Insert the compressor plug into the
interior accessory socket and turn the
ignition switch to the ACC position
(page 6-44).
If the compressor operates slowly or
becomes hot, it indicates
overheating. Turn the compressor off
immediately and leave it turned off
for 30 minutes or longer.
NOTE
Compressor plug
l
Compressor
l
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Center console
CAUTION
Ø Before pulling out the compressor
plug from the electrical socket,
make sure the compressor power
switch is off.
Ø The compressor turns on and off
with the push-button switch.
16. Turn the compressor switch on and
inflate the tire carefully to the correct
inflation pressure.
l
Check the tire inflation pressure label
(driver's door frame) for the correct tire
inflation pressure.
Do not use the compressor for longer than
10 minutes because using the compressor
for long periods could damage it.
If the tire does not inflate, repair of the tire
may not be possible. If the tire does not
reach the correct inflation pressure within a
10-minute period, it probably has received
more extensive damage. When this happens,
the emergency flat tire repair kit cannot be
used to repair the tire. Contact an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
If the tire has been over-inflated, loosen the
screw cap on the compressor and bleed
some of the air out.
17. When the tire has been inflated to the
proper inflation pressure, turn the
compressor switch off and remove the
compressor hose from the tire valve.
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18. Install the tire valve cap.
19. Put the emergency flat tire repair kit
in the trunk and continue driving.
CAUTION
Ø Drive carefully to an Authorized
Mazda Dealer and keep the
vehicle speed below 80 km/h (50
mph).
Ø If the vehicle is driven 80 km/h (50
mph) or higher, the vehicle might
begin to vibrate.
20. After driving the vehicle for 10
minutes or 5 km (3 miles), check the
tire pressure with the tire pressure
gauge equipped with the compressor.
If the tire pressure has fallen below
the correct tire pressure, inflate the
tire to the correct pressure again
following the steps from number 15.
CAUTION
Ø If the tire inflation pressure falls
below 130 kPa (1.3 kgf/cm2 or bar,
18.9 psi), repair cannot be done
with the repair kit. Park the
vehicle on a level surface off the
right-of-way and contact an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
Ø If the tire inflation pressure
continues to remain low after
repeating steps 14 to 21, park the
vehicle on a level surface off the
right-of-way and contact an
Authorized Mazda Dealer.
NOTE
When checking the tire inflation pressure with
the tire pressure gauge on the compressor unit,
make sure the compressor switch is turned off.
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21. If the tire inflation pressure remains
stable, the tire repair is complete.
Drive the vehicle with care to an
Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the
tire replaced.
CAUTION
Ø A tire that has been temporarily
repaired with the tire sealant
cannot be reused. Mazda
recommends replacing the tire
with a new one.
Ø The wheel can be reused after any
sealant adhering to it is wiped off
and carefully inspected. However,
replace the tire valve with a new
one.
qInspecting the IMS Emergency
Flat Tire Repair Kit
Inspect the emergency tire repair kit at
regular intervals.
l Check the tire sealant period of
effective use.
l Check the operation of the tire
compressor.
NOTE
The tire sealant has a period of effective use.
Check the period of effective use indicated on
the bottle label and do not use it if it has
expired. Have the tire sealant replaced at an
Authorized Mazda Dealer before the period of
effective use has expired.
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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.
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 (page 7-5).
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.
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
When blocking a tire, use rocks or wood blocks
of sufficient size if possible to hold the tire in
place.
NOTE
Make sure the jack is well lubricated before
using it.
(With Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
l Be sure to register the tire pressure sensor
ID signal code whenever tires or wheels are
changed (page 5-31).
l
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.
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qRemoving a Tire
WARNING
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
position closest to the tire being
changed.
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.
Jacking position
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In Case of an Emergency
Flat Tire
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.
qLocking Lug Nuts
If your vehicle has optional antitheft
wheel lug nuts, one o
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