Mazda MX-5 RF (2017 year). Instruction - part 31


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Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care


¿ lter cleaning procedure

Drain filter


 If leaves or other matter block the drain 
¿ lter, water may enter the vehicle. 
 Clean the drain 

¿ lter at least once a year. 

   1.   Check the position of the drain 

¿ lter 

with your hand from behind the bow.

Drain filter


  2.   Remove  the  drain 

¿ lter while pressing 

the tab.

  3.   Remove leaves and other matter 

accumulated in the drain 

¿ lter.

   4.   Reinstall  the  drain 

¿ lter in the reverse 

order of the removal procedure.


 When installing the drain 

¿ lter, make 

sure that the drain 

¿ lter is securely 

attached to its designated position by 
pushing it until the tab locks. Water may 
enter the vehicle if the drain 

¿ lter is not 

secured to its designated position. 



Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

 Convertible  Top  (Retractable 

Fastback) Maintenance


    To help protect the retractable fastback's 
¿ nish, use a soft cloth or sponge to wash 
  Insects, tar, tree sap, bird droppings, 
industrial fallout, and similar deposits can 
damage the 

¿ nish if they are not removed 

immediately. When prompt washing with 
plain water is ineffective use a mild soap 
made for use on vehicles.



  Do not use an automatic car wash. 


  Do not spray water directly on the 

area where the window glass and the 
retractable fastback meet. This would 
probably cause water to enter the 


  Do not use strong soap, chemical 

detergents, or hot water, and do not 
wash the retractable fastback in 
direct sunlight or when the surface is 

  Thoroughly rinse with lukewarm or cold 
water. Do not allow soap to dry on the 
¿ nish.


    Wax the retractable fastback when water 
no longer beads on the paint. Always wash 
and dry it before waxing.



  Wiping off dust or dirt with a dry 

cloth will scratch the 

¿ nish. 


  Do not use abrasive wax. This may 

damage the protective coating and 
discolour or deteriorate the paint. 


 A spot remover to remove oil, tar, and 
similar materials will usually also take 
off the wax. Rewax these areas. 

  Drainage outlet cleaning procedure

    There are drainage outlets on the left and 
right of the lower side of the rear window.

Rear roof


Rear window



Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care


 If leaves or other foreign matter block 
the drainage outlets, water may enter the 
cabin. Clean the drainage outlets at least 
once a year. 

   1.   Continue  pressing  the  retractable 

fastback switch in the open direction 
until the rear roof is raised up from the 
fully closed position.


Refer to Opening the Roof on page 
 3-51 .

   2.   Remove  your 

¿ nger from the 

retractable fastback switch after the 
rear roof is raised up.  

   3.   Make sure the drainage outlets are 



Rear roof links 

 4.   Switch the ignition OFF.


 Verify that the ignition is switched off: 
 Closing the roof with the ignition not 
switched off is dangerous as the motors 
could turn on suddenly and cause 
injury resulting from hands or 

¿ ngers 

being pinched in the mechanism.

  5.  Remove leaves and other foreign 

matter accumulated in the drainage 


 When cleaning the drainage outlets, be 
careful not to touch the roof links or the 
framework of the rear roof. Otherwise, 
you could get injured. 

Roof links 

Rear roof



Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

   6.   After  cleaning  is 

¿ nished, continue 

pressing the retractable fastback switch 
in the close direction to close the rear 


Refer to Closing the Roof on page 
 3-52 .

 Plastic Part Maintenance


 When cleaning the plastic lenses of 

the lights, do not use petrol, paraf

¿ n, 


¿ ed spirit, paint, thinner, highly 

acidic detergents, or strongly alkaline 
detergents. Otherwise, these chemical 
agents can discolour or damage the 
surfaces resulting in a signi

¿ cant loss 

in functionality. If plastic parts become 
inadvertently exposed to any of these 
chemical agents, 

À ush with water 



 If plastic parts such as the bumpers 

become inadvertently exposed to 
chemical agents or 

À uids such as petrol, 

oil, engine coolant, or battery 

À uid, it 

could cause discolouration, staining, 
or paint peeling. Wipe off any such 
chemical agents or 

À uids using a soft 

cloth immediately.


 High water temperature and high water 

pressure car washers are available 
depending on the type of high pressure 
car washer device. If the car washer 
nozzle is put too close to the vehicle or 
aimed at one area for an extended period 
of time, it could deform plastic parts or 
damage the paint.


 Do not use wax containing compounds 

(polish). Otherwise, it could result in 
paint damage.


 In addition, do not use an electrical or 

air tool to apply wax. Otherwise, the 
frictional heat generated could result 
in deformation of plastic parts or paint 



Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

 Interior  Care


 Do not spray water into the vehicle 
 Spraying water into the vehicle cabin 
is dangerous as electrical devices such 
as the audio and switches could get wet 
resulting in a malfunction or vehicle 
¿ re. 



  Do not wipe the interior using 

alcohol, chlorine bleach, or organic 
solvents such as thinner, benzene, 
and petrol. Otherwise, it may cause 
discolouration or stains. 


  Rubbing hard with a stiff brush or 

cloth may cause damage. 

  If the vehicle interior becomes soiled 
by any of the following, wipe it off 
immediately using a soft cloth.
  Leaving it uncleaned could cause 
discolouration, stains, cracks, or peeling 
of the coating, and it will make it hard to 
wipe off later.


 Beverage or fragrance


 Grease or oil



 Seat Belt Maintenance

             1.   Clean  the  soiled  area  by  lightly  dabbing 

it with a soft cloth soaked in a mild 
detergent (approx. 5%) diluted with 

   2.   Wipe off the remaining detergent using 

a cloth soaked in clean water and 
wrung out well.

   3.   Before retracting seat belts which have 

been pulled out for cleaning, dry them 
off thoroughly and make sure there is 
no remaining moisture on them.


 If a seat belt appears frayed or has 
abrasions, have it replaced by an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer: 
 If a seat belts is used under such a 
condition, it cannot function at its full 
capacity which could result in serious 
injury or death. 

 Use a mild detergent to remove soiling 
from a seat belt: 
 If organic solvents are used for 
cleaning the seat belts or they become 
stained or bleached, there is the 
possibility of them becoming weakened 
and as a result, they may not function 
at their full capacity which could cause 
serious injury or death. 


 Clean seat belts diligently if they get 
dirty. Leaving them uncleaned will make 
it dif

¿ cult to clean them later, and it may 

affect the smooth retracting of the seat 



Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

*Some models.

 Vinyl Upholstery Maintenance

            Remove  dust  and  dirt  from  the  vinyl 
upholstery using a brush or vacuum.
  Remove soiling from vinyl upholstery 
using a leather and vinyl upholstery 

 Upholstery  Maintenance

             1.   Clean  the  soiled  area  by  lightly  dabbing 

it with a soft cloth soaked in a mild 
detergent (approx. 5%) diluted with 

   2.   Wipe off the remaining detergent using 

a cloth soaked in clean water and 
wrung out well.


 Rubbing the interior side of the soft top 
vigorously with a stiff brush or cloth 
may cause damage. 

 Leather Upholstery Maintenance 


             1.   Remove  dust  and  sand  using  a  vacuum 


   2.   Wipe off the soiled area with a soft 

cloth and a suitable, special cleaner or 
a soft cloth soaked in a mild detergent 
(about 5%) diluted with water.

   3.   Wipe off the remaining detergent using 

a cloth soaked in clean water and 
wrung out well.

   4.   Remove moisture with a dry, soft cloth 

and allow the leather to further dry in 
a well-ventilated, shaded area. If the 
leather gets wet such as from rain, 
remove the moisture and dry it as soon 
as possible.



  Because genuine leather is a natural 

material, its surface is not uniform 
and it may have natural scars, 
scratches, and wrinkles. 


  To maintain the quality for as long 

as possible, periodical maintenance, 
about twice a year, is recommended. 


  If the leather upholstery comes into 

contact with any of the following, 
clean it immediately. 

  Leaving it uncleaned could cause 

premature wear, mold, or stains. 


  Sand or dirt


  Grease or oil, such as hand cream


  Alcohol, such as in cosmetic or 

hair dressing items 


  If the leather upholstery gets wet, 

promptly remove moisture with a 
dry cloth. Remaining moisture on the 
surface may cause deterioration such 
as hardening and shrinkage. 


  Exposure to direct sunlight for long 

periods may cause deterioration 
and shrinkage. When parking the 
car under direct sunlight for long 
periods, shade the interior using 


  Do not leave vinyl products on 

the leather upholstery for long 
periods. They may affect the leather 
quality and colouring. If the cabin 
temperature becomes hot, the vinyl 
may deteriorate and adhere to the 
genuine leather. 



Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

 Plastic Part Maintenance


 Do not use polishing agents. 
 Depending on the product ingredients, 
they could cause discolouration, stains, 
cracks or peeling of the coating. 

 Instrument  Panel  Top 


             1.   Wipe  the  soiled  area  with  a  soft 

cloth soaked in a mild detergent 
(approx. 5%) diluted with water.

   2.   Wipe off the remaining detergent using 

a cloth soaked in clean water and 
wrung out well.

 Panel  Maintenance

            If  a  panel  becomes  soiled,  wipe  it  off  with 
a soft cloth soaked in clean water and 
thoroughly wrung out.
  If some areas require further cleaning, use 
the following procedure:

   1.   Wipe the soiled area with a soft 

cloth soaked in a mild detergent 
(approx. 5 %) diluted with water.

   2.   Wipe off the remaining detergent using 

a cloth soaked in clean water and 
wrung out well.


 Be particularly careful when cleaning 
shiny surface panels and metallic parts 
such as plating as they can be scratched 

 Cleaning the Window Interiors

            If  the  windows  become  covered  with  an 
oily, greasy, or waxy 

¿ lm, clean them with 

glass cleaner. Follow the directions on the 



  Do not scrape or scratch the inside of 

the window glass. It could damage 
the thermal 

¿ laments. 


  When washing the inside of the 

window glass, use a soft cloth 
dampened in lukewarm water, gently 
wiping the thermal 

¿ laments. 

  Use of glass cleaning products could 

damage the thermal 

¿ laments. 



*Some models.



If Trouble Arises



   Helpful information on what to do if a problem arises with the vehicle.

   Parking  in  an  Emergency ...................  7-2 

  Parking in an Emergency ...............  7-2 
  Roadside  Emergency  Triangle 
Retaining Strap 


   .............................  7-2 

  Flat  Tyre ...............................................  7-3 

  Flat  Tyre 


   ........................................  7-3 

  Tool  Storage  ...................................  7-5 
  Emergency  Flat  Tyre  Repair 


   .................................................  7-7 

  Changing  a  Tyre  ...........................  7-14 

  Battery  Runs  Out  ..............................  7-20 

  Jump-Starting  ...............................  7-20 

  Emergency  Starting  ..........................  7-23 

  Starting a Flooded Engine ............  7-23 
  Push-Starting ................................  7-23 

  Overheating  .......................................  7-24 

  Overheating ..................................  7-24 

  When Fuel-Filler Flap Cannot be 
Opened ...............................................  7-26 

  When Fuel-Filler Flap Cannot be 
Opened .........................................  7-26 

  Emergency  Towing ............................  7-27 

  Towing  Description ......................  7-27 
  Towing  Hooks  ..............................  7-28 

  Warning/Indicator  Lights  and  Warning 
Sounds ................................................  7-31 

  If a Warning Light Turns On or 
Flashes ..........................................  7-31 
  Message Indicated in Multi-
information Display 


   ....................  7-46 

  Message Indicated on Display 


   ....  7-47 

  Warning  Sound  is  Activated .........  7-49 

  When Boot Lid Cannot be 
Opened ...............................................  7-55 

  When Boot Lid Cannot be 
Opened .........................................  7-55 

  When the Roof Cannot be Closed....  7-60 

  When the Roof Cannot be 
Closed ..........................................  7-60 



If Trouble Arises

Parking in an Emergency

*Some models.

      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 traf

¿ c hazard 

and that they must take extreme caution 
when near it.

  Depress the hazard warning 

À asher and 

all the direction indicators will 

À ash. The 

hazard warning indicator lights in the 
instrument cluster 

À ash simultaneously.



  The direction indicators do not work 

when the hazard warning lights are 


  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. 

 Roadside  Emergency 
Triangle Retaining Strap 


            Keep  the  roadside  emergency  triangle  in 
the boot end trim and secure it with the 




If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre

*Some models.

                  Flat Tyre 


    Either  run-

À at tyres or conventional tyres 

are equipped on your Mazda depending on 
the speci

¿ cation, therefore the procedure 

for repairing a 

À at tyre differs depending 

on the type of tyre. Before driving, make 
sure which type of tyre is equipped on 
your Mazda. If you cannot identify your 
tyre type, consult an expert repairer, 
we recommend an Authorised Mazda 

 How to Identify Your Tyre Type


À at tyre

    A  run-

À at tyre has a     and/or  

indication on the side wall.


  Conventional  tyre

    A conventional tyre does not have a  

  indication on the side wall.

 Vehicle with Run-

À at Tyres


 Have the tyres checked or perform the 
appropriate repair as soon as possible 
by an expert repairer, we recommend 
an Authorised Mazda Repairer: 
 When  the 

À at tyre warning light 

illuminates or the tyre pressure 
warning beep sound is heard, it is 
dangerous to drive the vehicle at 
high speeds, or perform sudden 
manoeuvring or braking. Vehicle 
drivability could worsen and result in 
an accident. 
 When  the 

À at tyre warning light 

illuminates or the tyre pressure 
warning beep sound is heard, decrease 
vehicle speed immediately and avoid 
sudden manoeuvring and braking. 

  If  a  run-

À at tyre is punctured, the FLAT 

TIRE warning light illuminates in the 
instrument cluster, and a beep sound is 
heard for about 30 seconds.


 Until  the 

À at tyre is changed, the beep 

sound is heard for about 30 seconds 
every time the ignition is switched ON. 



If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre

  Vehicles  with  run-

À at tyres can be driven 

even with a punctured tyre under the 
following conditions.
Maximum vehicle speed with a 
punctured run-

À at tyre: 80 km/h 

(49 mph)
Maximum driving distance with a 
punctured run-

À at tyre: 80 km 

(49 miles)


 The maximum driving distance may 
be shorter depending on the driving 

  If  a  run-

À at tyre is punctured, carefully 

drive the vehicle to the nearest Mazda 
Repairer and have the tyre changed.



  A spare tyre or emergency 

À at tyre 

repair kit is not equipped on vehicles 
with run-

À at tyres as standard. 


  Replacing a punctured run-

À at 

tyre with a new run-

À at tyre is 



  Do not use run-

À at tyres and 

conventional tyres on the same 

 Vehicle with Conventional Tyres

    If the following occurs while driving, it 
could indicate a 

À at tyre.


 Steering becomes dif

¿ cult.


 The vehicle begins to vibrate 



 The vehicle pulls in one direction. If 

a conventional tyre is punctured, refer 
to “Tool Storage” (page  7-5 ) and 
“Emergency Flat Tyre Repair Kit” (page 
 7-7 ).



If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre

 Tool  Storage


 Your vehicle may or may not be equipped with a spare tyre, jack, and wheel brace. For 
details, consult an Authorised Mazda Repairer. 

  Tools are stored in the locations illustrated in the diagram.

Emergency flat tyre repair kit


Some models.

Tool bag

Wheel brace

Jack lever

Towing eyelet





If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre

*Some models.



            To  remove  the  jack

     1.   Remove  the  cover.


   2.   Turn the wing bolt and jack screw 


Wing bolt

Jack screw

    To  secure  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.

   2.   Turn  the  jack  screw  clockwise.

Wing bolt

Jack screw

   3.   Turn the wing bolt completely to secure 

the jack.


 If the jack is not completely secured, it 
could rattle while driving. Make sure the 
jack screw is suf

¿ ciently tightened. 

   4.   Insert the cover tabs and install the 



 Verify that the cover is securely 



 Always keep the jack clean.


 Make sure the moving parts are kept 

free from dirt or rust.


 Make sure the screw thread is 

adequately lubricated.



If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre

*Some models.

 Emergency  Flat  Tyre 
Repair Kit 


    The  emergency 

À at tyre repair kit included 

with your Mazda is for a temporary repair 
of a slightly damaged 

À at tyre resulting 

from running over nails or similar sharp 
objects on the road surface.
  Perform  the  emergency 

À at tyre repair 

without removing the nail or similar sharp 
object which punctured the tyre.


 Your vehicle is not equipped with a 
spare tyre. In the event of a 

À at tyre, 

use the emergency 

À at tyre repair kit 

to repair the tyre temporarily. When 
doing the repair, refer to the instructions 
included in the emergency 

À at tyre 

repair kit. If an emergency repair was 
performed on a 

À at tyre using the 


À at tyre repair kit, have 

an expert repairer, we recommend an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer, repair or 
replace the tyre as soon as possible. 

 About the Emergency Flat Tyre 

Repair Kit

    The  emergency 

À at tyre repair kit includes 

the following items.

Tyre sealant

Injection hose


Valve core tool

Spare valve core

Speed restriction sticker



 Do not allow children to touch the tyre 


  Ingestion of tyre sealant is 

dangerous. In the event tyre sealant 
is accidentally swallowed, drink 
large amounts of water immediately 
and seek medical assistance. 


  Tyre sealant that comes into contact 

with the eyes and skin is dangerous. 
If tyre sealant enters the eyes or 
contacts the skin, 

À ush immediately 

with large amounts of water and 
seek medical assistance. 



If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre



  The tyre sealant cannot be reused. 

Purchase new tyre sealant at an 
Authorised Mazda Repairer. 


 The emergency 

À at tyre repair kit 

cannot be used in the following 

  Consult an expert repairer, we 

recommend an Authorised Mazda 


  The period of effective use for 

the tyre 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 tyre other than the 


  The vehicle has been driven with 

nearly no air remaining in the tyre.


  The tyre has come off the wheel 



  Damage to the wheel rim has 



  The tyre has two or more 


 Using the Emergency Flat Tyre 

Repair Kit

     1.   Move  the  vehicle  off  the  right-of-way 

to a safe place on a level and hard 
surface where the vehicle does not 
obstruct traf

¿ c.

   2.   Shift the shift lever to the 1 or Reverse 

(R) position for a manual transmission, 
and shift the selector lever to the P 
position for an automatic transmission.

   3.   Apply the parking brake with the brake 

pedal depressed and turn off the engine.

   4.  If  necessary, 

À ash the hazard warning 

lights and set up the roadside 
emergency triangle. 

 5.   Unload passengers and cargo and 

remove the emergency 

À at tyre repair 


   6.   Shake  the  tyre  sealant  well.


 If the bottle is shaken after the injection 
hose is screwed on, tyre sealant could 
spray out from the injection hose. Tyre 
sealant contacting clothing or other 
objects may be impossible to remove. 
Shake the bottle before screwing on the 
injection hose. 



If Trouble Arises

Flat Tyre


 The sealant hardens easily and injecting 
it will be dif

¿ cult under cold weather 

conditions (0 °C (32 °F) or below). 
Warm the sealant inside the vehicle to 
facilitate injection. 

   7.   Remove the cap from the bottle. Screw 

on the injection hose with the bottle's 
inner cap left on to break the inner cap.


Injection hose

Tyre sealant

   8.   Remove the valve cap from the 

À at 

tyre. Press the back of a valve core tool 
to the core of the tyre valve and bleed 
all the remaining air.

Valve core tool


Valve cap


 If there is air remaining in the tyre when 
the valve core is removed, the valve core 

À y out. Remove the valve core 


   9.   Turn the valve core anticlockwise with 

the valve core tool and remove the 
valve core.


Valve core


 Store the valve core in a place where it 
will not get dirty. 

   10.  Insert the injection hose into the valve.


Injection hose









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