Mazda MX-5 RF (2017 year). Instruction - part 5


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Mazda MX-5 RF (2017 year). Instruction - part 5




Essential Safety Equipment

SRS Air Bags

 Constant  Monitoring

            The following components of the air bag systems and the active bonnet are monitored by a 
diagnostic system:


 Crash sensors, and diagnostic module (SAS unit)


 Front air bag sensors


 Air bag modules


 Side crash sensors


 Air bag/Seat belt pretensioner system warning light


 Seat belt pretensioners


 Related wiring

(With Passenger Occupant Classi

¿ cation System)


 Passenger air bag deactivation indicator light


 Passenger occupant classi

¿ cation sensor


 Passenger occupant classi

¿ cation module

(With Active Bonnet)


 Active bonnet sensors


 Active bonnet modules


 Active bonnet warning light

  The diagnostic module continuously monitors the system's readiness. This begins when the 
ignition is switched ON and continues while the vehicle is being driven.



Essential Safety Equipment

Active Bonnet

*Some models.

      Active  Bonnet  precautions 


    In the unlikely event that the vehicle were to hit a pedestrian and a certain amount of impact 
is applied to the front of the vehicle, impact to the head of the pedestrian if it were to hit the 
bonnet is lessened by the rear area of the bonnet raising instantly to maintain a wide space 
between it and the parts in the engine compartment. If the sensor installed to the back of the 
front bumper detects a certain amount of impact by a collision with a pedestrian or other 
obstruction while the vehicle is being driven at a speed suf

¿ cient to activate the system, the 

system is activated and the bonnet is raised.




Active bonnet warning light

Electronic control unit


 If the active bonnet has activated, always consult an expert repairer, we recommend an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer. 
 If the bonnet release handle is pulled after the active bonnet has activated, the bonnet 
will rise even further. If the vehicle is driven with the bonnet raised it will obstruct 
visibility and could result in an accident. In addition, do not attempt to push the bonnet 
back down. Otherwise, it could deform the bonnet or cause injury because the activated 
bonnet cannot be lowered manually. Before driving the vehicle to an expert repairer, we 
recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer after the active bonnet has activated, make 
sure that the raised bonnet does not obstruct vision and drive the vehicle at a low speed. 



Essential Safety Equipment

Active Bonnet


 Do not touch the actuator directly after the active bonnet has activated. Otherwise, it could 
result in a burn as the actuator is hot directly after the activation. 

 Operation and Handling


 Always make sure that the bonnet is closed completely before driving. Otherwise, the 

system may not operate normally.


 The system may not operate for about 8 seconds after the ignition is switched ON.


 Use tyres of the same speci

¿ ed size on all four wheels. If tyres with different sizes are 

used, the system may not operate normally.


 If something hits the area around the front bumper, the sensor could be damaged even if 

the active bonnet does not activate. Always consult an expert repairer, we recommend an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer to have the vehicle inspected.


 Do not remove or repair parts or wiring for the active bonnet. In addition, do not test 

the system’s circuitry using an electric tester. Otherwise, the active bonnet may activate 
mistakenly or not operate normally. Consult an expert repairer, we recommend an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer for when repairs or replacement servicing is required.


 Do not replace the front bumper, bonnet, suspension, aero parts, or wheels with non-

genuine Mazda parts. Otherwise, the system may not operate normally.


 Do not install non-genuine Mazda accessories to the front bumper. In addition, do not 

install objects on the bonnet. Otherwise, the system may not operate normally.


 Do not close the bonnet excessively or apply a load to the actuator. Otherwise, the 

actuator could be damaged and cause the system to not operate normally.


 Do not modify the suspension. If the vehicle height or the damping force of the 

suspensions is changed, the system may not operate normally.


 When equipping parts, consult an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda 

Repairer. If parts are installed incorrectly, the active bonnet may not activate normally due 
to the inability to detect an impact.


 When disposing of the vehicle, consult an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised 

Mazda Repairer. If the vehicle is not handled correctly, it could result in injury.


 The active bonnet cannot be reused if it has been activated. Have the system replaced at 

an expert repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer.



Essential Safety Equipment

Active Bonnet

 How the Active Bonnet Works

 If the Active Bonnet Activates, Does Not Activate

    If  the  active  bonnet  activates

    The active bonnet activates under the following conditions:


 If the front of the vehicle hits a pedestrian or obstruction while the vehicle is being driven 

at a speed suf

¿ cient to activate the system, the system will activate if a certain amount of 

impact is applied in a collision even though no trace may remain on the front bumper. In 
addition, it may activate depending on the level of impact from even a light object, small 
animal, or other small object.


 The system may also activate if the lower part of the vehicle or the front bumper receives 

an impact from one of the following situations:


 The vehicle hits a curb.


 The vehicle falls into a deep ditch or hole.


 The vehicle bounces and hits the ground.


 The front, bottom part of the vehicle contacts the slope of a parking garage, the surface 

of an even, undulating road, or a protruding or fallen object on the road.

  Situations in which the active bonnet may not activate

    The active bonnet may not active in the following situations as an impact would be dif

¿ cult 

to detect.


 The pedestrian gets hit at an angle or by the side areas on the left and right of the front 



 The vehicle hits a pedestrian who is carrying something such as a bag which can absorb 

the impact.

  Situations in which the system does not activate

    The active bonnet does not activate under the following conditions:


 The front bumper gets hit while the vehicle is being driven at a speed insuf

¿ cient to 

activate the system.


 The vehicle gets hit from the side or the rear.


 The vehicle rolls or turns over (the active bonnet may operate depending on the accident 







*Some models.



Before Driving



   Use of various features, including keys, doors, mirrors and windows.

   Keys  ......................................................  3-2 

  Keys  ...............................................  3-2 
  Keyless  Entry  System  ....................  3-3 

  Advanced Keyless Entry System .......  3-9 

  Advanced  Keyless  Entry 


 ...........................................  3-9 

  Operational  Range  .......................  3-10 

  Doors  and  Locks ................................  3-11 

  Door  Locks ...................................  3-11 
  Boot  Lid  .......................................  3-21 

  Fuel  and  Emission  .............................  3-24 

  Fuel and Engine Exhaust 
Precautions ...................................  3-24 
  Fuel-Filler Flap and Cap ..............  3-27 

  Steering  Wheel...................................  3-29 

  Steering  Wheel .............................  3-29 

  Mirrors ...............................................  3-30 

  Mirrors  .........................................  3-30 

  Windows .............................................  3-34 

  Power  Windows  ...........................  3-34 

  Convertible  Top  (Soft  Top) ...............  3-37 

  Convertible  Top  (Soft  Top)  ..........  3-37 

    Convertible  Top 
(Retractable Fastback) .....................  3-44 

  Convertible  Top 
(Retractable Fastback) .................  3-44 

  Security  System  .................................  3-53 


¿ cation and Add-On 

Equipment ....................................  3-53 
  Immobilizer  System  .....................  3-53 
  Theft-Deterrent  System


 ...............  3-55 

  Driving  Tips  .......................................  3-59 

  Running-In  ...................................  3-59 
  Saving Fuel and Protection of the 
Environment .................................  3-59 
  Hazardous  Driving  .......................  3-60 
  Floor  Mat  .....................................  3-61 
  Rocking  the  Vehicle  .....................  3-62 
  Winter  Driving  .............................  3-62 
  Driving  In  Flooded  Area  ..............  3-65 

  Towing  ................................................  3-66 

  Towing  Caravans  and  Trailers......  3-66 



Before Driving




 Do not leave the key in your vehicle 
with children and keep them in a place 
where your children will not 

¿ nd 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. Children may 

¿ nd these keys 

to be an interesting toy to play with 
and could cause the power windows or 
other controls to operate, or even make 
the vehicle move. 



  Because the key (transmitter) uses 

low-intensity radio waves, it may 
not function correctly under the 
following conditions: 


  The key is carried with 

communication devices such as 
cellular phones.


  The key contacts or is covered by a 

metal object.


  The key is near electronic devices 

such as personal computers.


  Non-Mazda genuine electronic 

equipment is installed in the 


  There is equipment which 

discharges radio waves near the 


  The key (transmitter) may consume 

battery power excessively if it 
receives high-intensity radio waves. 
Do not place the key near electronic 
devices such as televisions or 
personal computers. 


  To avoid damage to the key 

(transmitter), DO NOT: 


  Drop the key.


  Get the key wet.


  Disassemble the key.


  Expose the key to high 

temperatures on places such as the 
instrument panel or bonnet, under 
direct sunlight.


  Expose the key to any kind of 


¿ eld.


  Place heavy objects on the key.


  Put the key in an ultrasonic 



  Put any magnetized objects close 

to the key.   



Before Driving


  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 (auxiliary key).
  Also write down the code number and 
keep it in a separate safe and convenient 
place, but not in the vehicle.

  If your key (auxiliary key) is lost, consult 
your Authorised Mazda Repairer and have 
your code number ready.


 The driver must carry the key to ensure 
the system functions properly. 

Auxiliary key


Key code number plate

  To use the auxiliary key, pull out the 
auxiliary key from the transmitter while 
pressing the knob.


 Keyless Entry System

            This  system  uses  the  key  buttons  to 
remotely lock and unlock the doors and 
the boot lid, fuel-

¿ ller À ap, and opens the 

boot lid.
  The system can start the engine without 
having to take the key out of your purse or 
  Operating the theft-deterrent system is 
also possible on theft-deterrent system-
equipped vehicles.

  System malfunctions or warnings are 
indicated by the following warning lights 
or beeps.
  For vehicles with the type A instrument 
cluster, check the displayed message for 
more information and, if necessary, have 
the vehicle inspected at an expert repairer, 
we recommend an Authorised Mazda 
Repairer, according to the indication.


 KEY Warning Light (Red)

  Refer to Warning/Indicator Lights on 

page 4-42 .


 Ignition Not Switched Off (STOP) 

Warning Beep

  Refer to Ignition Not Switched Off 

(STOP) Warning Beep on page  7-51 .


 Key Removed from Vehicle Warning 


  Refer to Key Removed from Vehicle 

Warning Beep on page  7-51 .

  If you have a problem with the key, 
consult an expert repairer, we recommend 
an Authorised Mazda Repairer.

  If your key is lost or stolen, consult an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer as soon as 
possible for a replacement and to make the 
lost or stolen key inoperative.



Before Driving



 Changes or modi

¿ cations not expressly 

approved by the party responsible 
for compliance could void the user's 
authority to operate the equipment. 



  The keyless entry system operation 

may vary due to local conditions. 


  The keyless entry system is fully 

operational (door/boot lid/fuel-

¿ ller 

À ap lock/unlock) when the ignition 
is switched off. The system does not 
operate if the ignition is switched to 
any position other than off. 


  If the key does not operate when 

pressing a button or the operational 
range becomes too small, the 
battery may be weak. To install a 
new battery, refer to Key Battery 
Replacement (page 6-31 ). 


  Battery life is about one year. 

Replace the battery with a new one 
if the KEY indicator light (green) 
À ashes in the instrument cluster (for 
vehicles with a type A instrument 
cluster (page  4-42 ), messages are 
displayed in the instrument cluster). 
Replacing the battery about once 
a year is recommended because 
the KEY warning light/indicator 
light may not illuminate or 

À ash 

depending on the rate of battery 


  Additional keys can be obtained at 

an Authorised Mazda Repairer. Up to 
6 keys can be used with the keyless 
functions per vehicle. Bring all keys 
to an Authorised Mazda Repairer 
when additional keys are required. 



Before Driving



Operation buttons

Operation indicator light



(European models)

  The headlights turn on/off by 

operating the transmitter. Refer 
to Leaving Home Light on page 
 4-69 . 


(With theft-deterrent system)

  The hazard warning lights 

À ash when 

the theft-deterrent system is armed or 
turned off. 

  Refer to Theft-Deterrent System on 

page 3-55 . 


     (With the advanced keyless 

function (European models))

  The setting can be changed so that a 

beep sound is heard for con

¿ rmation 

when the doors and the boot lid, fuel-
¿ ller À ap are locked/unlocked using 
the key. 

(With the advanced keyless 
function (Except European 

  A beep sound can be heard for 


¿ rmation when the doors and the 

boot lid, fuel-

¿ ller À ap are locked/

unlocked using the key. If you prefer, 
the beep sound can be turned off. 

  The volume of the beep sound can 

also be changed. 

  Refer to Personalisation Features on 

page 9-10 . 


  Use the following procedure to 

change the setting. 

   1.   Switch the ignition off and close 

both of the doors and the boot lid.

   2.   Open  the  driver's  door.
   3.   Within 30 seconds of opening the 

driver's door, press and hold the 
LOCK button on the key for 5 
seconds or longer.


Both of the doors and the boot lid, 

¿ ller À ap lock and the beep 

sound activates at the currently 
set volume. The setting changes 
each time the LOCK button on the 
key is pressed and the beep sound 
activates at the set volume. (If the 
beep sound has been set to not 
activate, it will not activate.)

   4.   The  setting  change  is  completed 

by doing any one of the following:  


  Switching the ignition to ACC 

or ON.


  Closing the driver's door.


  Opening the boot lid.


  Not operating the key for 10 



  Pressing any button except the 

LOCK button on the key.


  Pressing a request switch.   

  The operation indicator light 

À ashes when 

the buttons are pressed.



Before Driving


  Lock  button

    To lock the doors and the boot lid, fuel-
¿ ller À ap, press the lock button and the 
hazard warning lights will 

À ash once.

(With the advanced keyless function 
(Except European models))
  A beep sound will be heard once.



  The doors and the boot lid, fuel-

¿ ller 

À ap cannot be locked by pressing the 
lock button while any other door is 
open. The hazard warning lights will 
also not 

À ash. 


(With the i-stop function 
(European models))

  Removing the key from the vehicle, 

closing both the doors and pressing 
the LOCK button on the key while 
the i-stop function is operating 
(engine is stopped) will switch the 
ignition OFF and lock both the doors 
(Steering wheel also locks). 

  Refer to i-stop on page  4-13 . 


  Make sure both doors and the boot 

lid, fuel-

¿ ller À ap are locked after 

pressing the button. 


(With double locking system)

  Pressing the lock button twice within 

3 seconds will activate the double 
locking system. 

  Refer to Double Locking System on 

page   3-13 . 


(With theft-deterrent system)

  When the doors are locked by 

pressing the lock button on the key 
while the theft-deterrent system is 
armed, the hazard warning lights will 
À ash once to indicate that the system 
is armed. 



Before Driving


*Some models.

  Unlock  button

    To unlock the doors and the boot lid, press 
the unlock button and the hazard warning 
lights will 

À ash twice.

(With the advanced keyless function 
(Except European models))
  A beep sound will be heard twice.



(Auto re-lock function)

  After unlocking with the key, both 

doors and the boot lid, fuel-

¿ ller 

À ap will automatically lock if any 
of the following operations are not 
performed within about 30 seconds. 
If your vehicle has a theft-deterrent 
system, the hazard warning lights 

À ash for con¿ rmation. 

  The time required for the doors to 

lock automatically can be changed. 

  Refer to Personalisation Features on 

page 9-10 . 


  A door or the boot lid is opened.


  The ignition is switched to any 

position other than off. 


(With theft-deterrent system)

  When the doors are unlocked by 

pressing the unlock button on the key 
while the theft-deterrent system is 
turned off, the hazard warning lights 

À ash twice to indicate that the 

system is turned off. 

  Boot  button

    To open the boot lid, press and hold the 
boot button until the boot lid opens.

Type A

Type B

  Intrusion sensor cancel button 


    To cancel the intrusion sensor (part of 
the theft-deterrent system), press the 
intrusion sensor cancel button within 20 
seconds after pressing the lock button and 
the hazard warning lights will 

À ash three 

  Refer to Theft-Deterrent System on page 
 3-55 .



Before Driving


 Operational  Range

    The system operates only when the driver 
is in the vehicle or within operational 
range while the key is being carried.

  Starting  the  Engine



  Starting the engine may be possible 

even if the 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 key 

is not in the vehicle, the vehicle will 
not restart after it is shut off and the 
ignition is switched to off. 


  The boot is out of the assured 

operational range, however, if the 
key (transmitter) is operable the 
engine will start. 

With the advanced keyless function

Interior aerial

Operational range

Without the advanced keyless function

Operational range

Interior aerial


 The engine may not start if the key is 
placed in the following areas: 


  Around the instrument panel 


  In the storage compartments or the 

centre console 

 Key Suspend Function

              If  a  key  is  left  in  the  vehicle,  the 
functions of the key left in the vehicle are 
temporarily suspended to prevent theft of 
the vehicle.
  To restore the functions, press the unlock 
button on the functions-suspended key in 
the vehicle.



Before Driving

Advanced Keyless Entry System

*Some models.

      Advanced  Keyless  Entry 



 Radio waves from the key may affect 
medical devices such as pacemakers: 
 Before using the key near people who 
use medical devices, ask the medical 
device manufacturer or your physician 
if radio waves from the key will affect 
the device. 

  The advanced keyless function allows you 
to lock/unlock the door and the boot lid, 

¿ ller À ap, or open the boot lid while 

carrying the key.

  System malfunctions or warnings are 
indicated by the following warning lights 
or beeps.


 Request switch Inoperable Warning 


  Refer to Request Switch Inoperable 

Warning Beep (With the advanced 
keyless function) on page  7-52 .


 Key Left-in-Boot Warning Beep

  Refer to Key Left-in-luggage 

Compartment Warning Beep (With the 
advanced keyless function) on page 
 7-52 .


 Key Left-in-vehicle Warning Beep

  Refer to Key Left-in-vehicle Warning 

Beep (With the advanced keyless 
function) on page 7-52 .


 The advanced keyless entry system 
functions can be deactivated to prevent 
any possible adverse effect on a user 
wearing a pacemaker or other medical 
device. If the system is deactivated, 
you will be unable to start the engine 
by carrying the key. Consult an expert 
repairer, we recommend an Authorised 
Mazda Repairer for details. If the 
advanced keyless entry system has been 
deactivated, you can start the engine by 
following the procedure indicated when 
the key battery goes dead. 
 Refer to Engine Start Function When 
Key Battery is Dead on page  4-9 . 



Before Driving

Advanced Keyless Entry System

 Operational  Range

            The  system  operates  only  when  the  driver 
is in the vehicle or within operational 
range while the key is being carried.


 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. For 
determining battery replacement, Refer 
to Keyless Entry System on page 
 3-3 . 

 Locking, Unlocking the Doors and 

the Boot Lid

80cm (31in)

80cm (31in)

Operational range

Exterior aerial



  The system may not operate if you 

are too close to the windows or door 


  If the key is left in the following 

areas and you leave the vehicle, the 
doors may be locked depending on 
the radio wave conditions even if the 
key is left in the vehicle.


  Around the instrument panel


  In the storage compartments or the 

centre console


  Next to a communication device 

such as a mobile phone   

 Opening the Boot Lid

80cm (31in)

Exterior aerial

Operational range



Before Driving

Doors and Locks

      Door  Locks


 Always take all children and pets with 
you or leave a responsible person with 
 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. 

 Do not leave the key in your vehicle 
with children and keep them in a place 
where your children will not 

¿ nd or 

play with them: 
 Leaving children in a vehicle with the 
key is dangerous. This could result in 
someone being badly injured or even 

 Always close both the windows and 
convertible top, 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. 

 After closing the doors, always verify 
that they are securely closed: 
 Doors not securely closed are 
dangerous, if the vehicle is driven with 
a door not securely closed, the door 
could open unexpectedly resulting in 
an accident. 


 Always  con

¿ rm the safety around the 

vehicle before opening a door: 
 Suddenly opening a door is dangerous. 
A passing vehicle or a pedestrian could 
be hit and cause an accident. 



 Always con

¿ rm the conditions 

around the vehicle before opening/
closing the doors and use caution 
during strong winds or when parked 
on an incline. Not being aware of 
the conditions around the vehicle 
is dangerous because 

¿ ngers could 

get caught in the door or a passing 
pedestrian could be hit, resulting in 
an unexpected accident or injury. 


  If the power window does not go up 

or down automatically because the 
battery is dead, slowly open/close 
the power window while pressing the 
glass inward. Otherwise, the power 
window may contact the convertible 
top and the door cannot be opened/
closed resulting in damage to the 









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