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Mazda Protege (2003 year). Instruction - part 7

 

 

5-8

Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

▼ Brake 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.

When you hear this noise, consult an 
Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as 
possible.

▼ Manual Transaxle Shift Pattern

The shift pattern of the transaxle is 
conventional, as shown.

Press the clutch pedal all the way down 
while shifting; then release it slowly.

A safety feature prevents accidental 
shifting from 5 to reverse. The shift lever 
must be put in neutral before being shifted 
to reverse.

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.

Driving 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.

WARNING

Manual Transaxle 
Operation

Sudden Engine-Braking:
Shifting down while driving on wet, 
snowy, or frozen roads, or 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. Do not cause sudden engine  
braking on slippery road surfaces or 
at high speeds.

Neutral position

WARNING

5-9

Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

Various Lockouts:

• Keep your foot off the clutch pedal 

except when shifting gears. Also, 
don’t use the clutch to hold the 
vehicle on an upgrade. This will 
avoid needless clutch wear and 
damage.

• Make sure the vehicle comes to a 

complete stop before shifting to 
reverse.
Shifting to reverse while the vehicle 
is still moving may damage the 
transaxle.

NOTE

If shifting to reverse is difficult, shift 
into neutral, release the clutch pedal, 
and try again.

CAUTION

Automatic Transaxle 
Controls

Indicates that you must depress the 
brake pedal and hold in the lock-release 
button to shift (The ignition switch must 
be in the ACC or ON position).

Indicates the shift lever can be shifted 
freely into any position.

Indicates that you must hold in the lock-
release button to shift.

Lock-release button 
To prevent unsafe 
shifting

Overdrive button 
For gear selection with either 
a three-speed or four-speed 
transaxle

Shift pattern indicator
Shows shift lever 
position

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

▼ Transaxle Ranges

The shift lever must be in P or N to 
operate the starter.

P (Park)

P locks the transaxle and prevents the 
front wheels from rotating.

R (Reverse)

In position R, the vehicle moves only 
backward. You must be at a complete stop 
before shifting to or from R, except as 
explained under Rocking the Vehicle 
(page 4-7).

N (Neutral)

In N, the wheels and transaxle are not 
locked. The vehicle will roll freely even 
on the slightest incline unless the parking 
brake or brakes are on.

D (Drive)

D is the normal driving position. From a 
stop, the transaxle will automatically shift 
through a 4-gear sequence.

2 (Second)

The 2 position is helpful when driving in 
heavy, slow-moving traffic and climbing 
hills, for engine braking assist when going 
down hills, or for starting on slick 
surfaces and other situations where gentle 
acceleration may be necessary.
Do not exceed 108 km/h (67 mph) in the 2 
position.

1 (Low)

Use the 1 position for maximum power in 
hard-pulling situations, or for climbing 
and descending very steep grades.
Do not exceed 57 km/h (35 mph) in the 1 
position.

Holding the Vehicle with P:
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. To hold the 
vehicle, set the shift lever to P AND 
set the parking brake.

• Shifting into P, N or R while the 

vehicle is moving can damage your 
transaxle.

• Shifting into a driving gear or 

reverse when the engine is running 
faster than idle can damage the 
transaxle.

WARNING

CAUTION

Shifting from N or P:
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. If the engine is 
running faster than idle, don’t shift 
from N or P into a driving gear.

Shifting into N while Driving:
Shifting into N while driving is 
dangerous. Engine braking cannot be 
applied when decelerating which 
could lead to an accident or serious 
injury. Do not shift into N when 
driving the vehicle.

WARNING

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

▼ Shift-Lock System

The shift-lock system prevents shifting 
out of P unless the brake pedal is 
depressed.
 

To shift from P:

1. Depress and hold the brake pedal.

2. Start the engine.

3. Push and hold the lock-release button.

4. Move the shift lever.

▼ Overdrive

Overdrive operation

In D, the transaxle automatically shifts to 
overdrive, which improves fuel economy 
and reduces noise.

To allow engine braking when going 
down a steep grade, make sure the 
overdrive button is in the off position.

And for a smoother ride with less shifting, 
don’t use it when:
• Going up a steep grade.
• Driving in stop-and-go traffic.
• Pulling heavy loads.
To turn off the overdrive, push the 
button.

The transaxle will then shift through a 
three-gear sequence in D.
Shift patterns without overdrive:
D = 1st, 2nd, 3rd
2 = 2nd
1 = 1st

To turn it on, push the button again.

Shift patterns with overdrive:
D = 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
2 = 2nd
1 = 1st

Sudden Engine-Braking:
Shifting down while driving on wet, 
snowy, or frozen roads, or 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. Do not cause sudden engine 
braking on slippery road surfaces or 
at high speeds.

NOTE

• When the ignition switch is in the 

LOCK position, the transaxle 
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.

WARNING

Overdrive button

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

O/D OFF indicator light

This light comes on when the overdrive 
has been turned off.

▼ Driving Tips

Passing

For extra power when passing another 
vehicle or climbing steep grades, depress 
the accelerator fully. The transaxle 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.

2. Shift to D or 1, depending on the load 

weight and grade steepness.

3. Release all brakes while gradually 

accelerating.

Descending steep grades

When descending a steep grade, shift to 2 
or 1, depending on load weight and grade 
steepness. Descend slowly, using the 
brakes only occasionally to prevent them 
from overheating.

If the overdrive-off indicator light 
flashes, the transaxle has an electrical 
problem. Continuing to drive your 
Mazda in this condition could cause 
damage to your transaxle. Consult an 
Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as 
possible.

CAUTION

5-13

Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

Various Lockouts:

▼ Transaxle Ranges

The shift lever must be in P or N to 
operate the starter.

P (Park)

P locks the transaxle and prevents the 
front wheels from rotating.

R (Reverse)

In position R, the vehicle moves only 
backward. You must be at a complete stop 
before shifting to or from R, except as 
explained under Rocking the Vehicle 
(page 4-7).

N (Neutral)

In N, the wheels and transaxle are not 
locked. The vehicle will roll freely even 
on the slightest incline unless the parking 
brake or brakes are on.

Automatic Transaxle 
Controls (Sport AT)

Indicates that you must depress the 
brake pedal to shift (The ignition switch 
must be in the ON position).
Indicates the shift lever can be shifted 
freely into any position.

Holding the Vehicle with P:
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. To hold the 
vehicle, set the shift lever to P AND 
set the parking brake.

• Shifting into P, N or R while the 

vehicle is moving can damage your 
transaxle.

• Shifting into a driving gear or 

reverse when the engine is running 
faster than idle can damage the 
transaxle.

WARNING

CAUTION

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

D (Drive)

D is the normal driving position. From a 
stop, the transaxle will automatically shift 
through a 4-gear sequence.

M (Manual)

M is the manual shift mode position. 
Gears can be shifted up or down by 
tapping the shift lever back or forward 
from this position.

▼ Shift-Lock System

The shift-lock system prevents shifting 
out of P unless the brake pedal is 
depressed.
 

To shift from P:

1. Depress and hold the brake pedal.

2. Start the engine.

3. Move the shift lever.

▼ Shift-Lock Override

If the shift lever won’t move from P with 
the brake pedal depressed, continue to 
hold down the pedal.

1. Remove the shift-lock override cover 

with a screwdriver.

2. Insert a screwdriver and push it down.

Shifting from N or P:
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. If the engine is 
running faster than idle, don’t shift 
from N or P into a driving gear.

Shifting into N while Driving:
Shifting into N while driving is 
dangerous. Engine braking cannot be 
applied when decelerating which 
could lead to an accident or serious 
injury. Do not shift into N when 
driving the vehicle.

WARNING

NOTE

• When the ignition switch is in the 

ACC or LOCK position, the 
transaxle 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.

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Starting and Driving

3. Move the shift lever.

4. Take the vehicle to an Authorized 

Mazda Dealer to have the system 
checked.

▼ Manual Shift Mode

This mode gives you the feel of driving a 
manual transaxle vehicle by tapping the 
shift lever forward and back while in this 
mode.

To change to manual shift mode, shift the 
lever from D to M.

To return to automatic shift mode, shift 
the lever from M to D.

▼ Indicators

Shift position indicator

In manual shift mode, the "M" of the shift 
position indicator in the instrument panel 
illuminates.

Gear position indicator

In manual shift mode, the numeral for the 
selected gear illuminates below the shift 
position indicator.

NOTE

If the gears cannot be shifted down 
when driving at higher speeds, the shift 
position and gear position indicators 
will flash twice to signal that the gears 
cannot be shifted down (page 5-17).

C

F

Shift position 
indicator

Gear position 
indicator 

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

▼ Shifting

Shifting up

(M1

M2M3M4)

To shift up to a higher gear, tap the shift 
lever back (

) once.

Shifting down

(M4

M3M2M1)

To shift down to a lower gear, tap the shift 
lever forward (

) once.

NOTE

• When driving slowly, the gears may 

not shift up depending on vehicle 
speed (page 5-17).

• 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.

• Gears may not be shifted from M1 

to M2 right after shifting the lever 
from D to M. Wait a few seconds 
and then shift up to M2.

Sudden Engine-Braking:
Shifting down while driving on wet, 
snowy, or frozen roads, or 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. Do not cause sudden engine 
braking on slippery road surfaces or 
at high speeds.

NOTE

• When driving at high speeds, the 

gear may not shift down depending 
on vehicle speed (page 5-17).

• During deceleration, the gear may 

automatically shift down depending 
on vehicle speed (page 5-17).

WARNING

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

▼ Shifting Recommendation

In manual shift mode, shift the gears 
within the vehicle speed specified for each 
gear.

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.

Shifting up to M2

You can shift up to M2 when the engine is 
running, whether the vehicle is stopped or 
moving.

Shifting up to M3

The vehicle speed must be higher than 20 
km/h (12 mph) to shift up to M3.

Shifting up to M4

The vehicle speed must be higher than 38 
km/h (24 mph) to shift up to M4.

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.
In this situation, the shift position and 
gear position indicators will flash twice to 
signal that the gears cannot be shifted 
down.

Shifting down to M3

The vehicle speed must be lower than 161 
km/h (100 mph) to shift down to M3.

Shifting down to M2

The vehicle speed must be lower than 100 
km/h (62 mph) to shift down to M2.

Shifting down to M1

The vehicle speed must be lower than 45 
km/h (28 mph) to shift down to M1.

NOTE

• If you change to manual shift mode 

when the vehicle is stopped, the 
gear will shift to M1.

• If you tap the shift lever back when 

the vehicle is stopped and the gear 
is at M1, the gear will shift to M2. 
M2 is helpful for starting on 
slippery surfaces.

• Gears may not be shifted from M1 

to M2 right after shifting the lever 
from D to M. Wait a few seconds 
and then shift up to M2.

NOTE

• At M4, the gears shift down to M3 

automatically when the vehicle 
speed slows to 36 km/h (22 mph) or 
less.

• At M3 or M2, the gears shift down 

to M1 automatically when the 
vehicle speed slows to 9 km/h (6 
mph) or less.

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

▼ Driving Tips

Passing

For extra power when passing another 
vehicle or climbing steep grades, depress 
the accelerator fully (D range). The 
transaxle 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.

2. Shift to D or M1, depending on the 

load weight and grade steepness.

3. Release all brakes while gradually 

accelerating.

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.

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.

If the steering feels rigid during normal 
driving, consult an Authorized Mazda 
Dealer.

Power Steering

Never hold the steering wheel to the 
extreme left or right for more than five 
seconds with the engine running.
This could damage the power steering 
system.

CAUTION

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Driving Your Mazda

Starting and Driving

With cruise control, you can set and 
automatically maintain any speed of more 
than about 40 km/h (25 mph).

▼ Cruise Set Indicator Light

This light comes on when a cruising speed 
is set.

▼ Activation/Deactivation

To activate the system, press the cruise 
main switch.

To deactivate the system, press the switch 
again.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control Use:
Using cruise control in the following 
conditions could cause you to lose 
control of the vehicle:

• Heavy or unsteady traffic

• Slippery or winding roads

• Similar restrictions that require 

inconsistent speed

Don’t use cruise control in these 
situations.

WARNING

Cruise Main Switch:
Leaving the cruise main switch on 
when not using the cruise control is 
dangerous as it may be switched on 
accidentally. This could result in loss 
of vehicle control. Keep the cruise 
main switch off when cruise control is 
not in use.

Cruise main switch

WARNING

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Starting and Driving

▼ To Set Speed

1. Activate the cruise control system.

2. Accelerate to the desired speed, which 

must be more than 40 km/h (25 mph).

3. Press the SET/COAST button and 

release it at the speed you want. 
Release the accelerator at the same 
time.

Don’t continue to hold in the button. 
Until you release it, speed will 
continue to drop (unless you continue 
to accelerate) and you’ll miss the 
desired speed.

▼ To Increase Cruising Speed

Follow either of these procedures.
• Press the RESUME/ACCEL button 

and hold it. Your vehicle will 
accelerate.
Release the button at the speed you 
want.

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 
RESUME/ACCEL button. Multiple 
taps will increase your vehicle speed 
1.6 km/h (1 mph) for each tap.

• Accelerate to the desired speed.

Press the SET/COAST button and 
release it immediately.

NOTE

• The SET function can’t be activated 

until about 2 seconds after the 
cruise main switch has been 
engaged.

• On a steep grade, the vehicle may 

momentarily slow down going up or 
speed up while going down.

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Starting and Driving

▼ To Decrease Cruising Speed

Press the SET/COAST button and hold it. 
The vehicle will gradually slow.
Release the button at the speed you want.

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 SET/COAST 
button. Multiple taps will decrease your 
vehicle speed 1.6 km/h (1 mph) for each 
tap.

▼ To Resume Cruising Speed at 

More Than 40 km/h (25 mph)

If some other method besides the cruise 
main switch was used to cancel cruising 
speed and the system is still activated, the 
most recent set speed will automatically 
resume when the RESUME/ACCEL 
button is pressed.
If vehicle speed is below 40 km/h (25 
mph), increase the vehicle speed up to 40 
km/h (25 mph) and press the RESUME/
ACCEL button.

NOTE

Accelerate if you want to speed up 
temporarily when the cruise control is 
on. Greater speed will not interfere 
with it or change the set speed.
Take your foot off the accelerator to 
return to the set speed.

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▼ To Cancel

To turn off the system, use one of these 
methods:
• Press the cruise main switch.
• Slightly depress the brake pedal.
• Press the CANCEL button.

•  (Manual transaxle) 

Depress the clutch pedal.

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 
or below 40 km/h (25 mph).

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Instrument Cluster and Indicators

1 Speedometer ..............................................................................................................5-24

2 Odometer and Trip Meter ..........................................................................................5-24

3 Tachometer ................................................................................................................5-25

4 Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge..........................................................................5-25

5 Fuel Gauge................................................................................................................ 5-26

Meters and Gauges

With tachometer

Without tachometer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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