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Mazda Protege (2003 year). Instruction - part 9

 

 

5-40

Driving Your Mazda

Switches and Controls

The ignition switch must be in the ON 
position.

▼ Rear Window Wiper

Turn the wiper on by turning the knob.
ON  Normal
INT  Intermittent

▼ Rear Window Washer

To spray washer fluid, turn the knob to the 

 position. After the knob is released, 

the washer will stop.

If the washer doesn’t work, inspect the 
fluid level (page 8-18). If it’s OK and the 
washer still doesn’t work, consult an 
Authorized Mazda Dealer.

The rear defroster clears frost, fog, and 
thin ice from the rear window.

The ignition switch must be in the ON 
position.

Push the switch to turn on the rear 
window defroster; the indicator light will 
come on.

Push the switch again to turn it off.

Rear Window Wiper and 
Washer (Hatchback)

NOTE

There are two washer positions: up and 
down. In the down washer position, the 
wiper will not be activated.

Washer

Washer

ON

INT

OFF

Rear Window Defroster

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, brush it off before using the 
defroster.

CAUTION

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Driving Your Mazda

Switches and Controls

To sound the horn, press around the 

 

mark of the steering wheel.

The hazard warning lights should always 
be used when you stop on or near a 
roadway.

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 switch and all 
four turn signals will flash at once.

Horn

Hazard Warning Flasher

NOTE

• The turn signals don’t work when 

the hazard warning lights are on.

• Check local regulations about the 

use of hazard warning lights while 
the vehicle is being towed. They 
may forbid it.

Hazard warning flasher switch

5-42

6-1

6

Interior Comfort

Use of various features for drive comfort, including climate control 
and audio system.

Climate Control System ................................................................ 6-2

Operating Tips  ........................................................................... 6-2
Vent Operation ........................................................................... 6-3
Manual Type  .............................................................................. 6-5

Audio System  ............................................................................... 6-10

Antenna ................................................................................... 6-10
Operating Tips for Audio System ............................................ 6-11
Audio Set ................................................................................. 6-17
Safety Certification .................................................................. 6-34

Interior Equipment  ..................................................................... 6-35

Sunvisors ................................................................................. 6-35
Interior Lights .......................................................................... 6-35
Lighter ..................................................................................... 6-37
Ashtray .................................................................................... 6-38
Cup Holder  .............................................................................. 6-38
Storage Compartments  ............................................................ 6-39

6-2

Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

▼ Operating the Climate Control 

System

Operate the climate control system with 
the engine running.

▼ Clearing the Air Inlet

Clear all obstructions like leaves, snow 
and ice from the hood and the air inlet in 
the cowling grille to improve the system 
efficiency.

▼ Foggy 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.

▼ Outside/Recirculated Air 

Position

Use the outside air position in normal 
conditions. The recirculated air position 
can be used temporarily when driving on 
dusty roads or for quick cooling of the 
interior.

▼ Parking 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.

▼ Not Using for a Long Period

Run the air conditioner at least once a 
month to keep internal parts lubricated.

▼ Check the Refrigerant before 

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 optional 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.

Operating Tips

6-3

Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

▼ Adjusting the Vents

Directing airflow

You can direct air flow by moving the adjustment knob.

Adjusting the amount of airflow

These vents can be opened and closed with wheel.

Vent Operation

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.

Knob

Open

Close

* Depending on the model some vents may not be available.

6-4

Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

▼ Selecting the Airflow Mode

Dashboard and Floor Vents

Defroster Vents

Floor Vents

Dashboard Vents

Defroster and Floor Vents

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Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

▼ Control Switches

Temperature control dial

This dial controls temperature. Turn it 
clockwise for hot and counterclockwise 
for cold.

Fan control dial

This dial allows variable fan speeds.
0—Fan off
1—Low speed
2—Medium low speed
3—Medium high speed
4—High speed

Manual Type

A/C switch 

Fan control dial 

Rear window defroster switch 

Temperature control dial

Air intake selector

Mode selector dial 

(page 5-40)

Hot

Cold

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Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

Mode selector dial

Turn the mode selector dial to select 
airflow mode (page 6-4).

A/C switch

Push the switch to turn the air conditioner 
on. An 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.

Air intake selector

This switch controls the source of air 
entering the vehicle.

Press the switch to alternate between the 

 and 

 positions. The indicator 

light for the selected mode will 
illuminate.

It is recommended that under normal 
conditions the switch be kept in the 
outside air position.

Outside air position (

Outside air is taken into the vehicle. Use 
this position for normal ventilation and 
heating.

NOTE

The air conditioner may not function 
when the outside temperature 
approaches 0 

°C (32 °F).

6-7

Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

Recirculated air position (

Outside air is shut off. Air within the 
vehicle is recirculated.

This position can be used when driving on 
a dusty road or in similar conditions. It 
also helps to provide quicker cooling of 
the interior.

▼ Heating

1. Set the mode selector dial to the 

 

position.

2. Set the temperature control dial to the 

hot position.

3. Set the fan control dial to the desired 

speed.

▼ Cooling (With Air Conditioner)

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.

4. Turn on the air conditioner.

The Recirculated Air Position:
Using the 

 position in cold or 

rainy weather will cause the glass to 
fog up. Your vision will be hampered, 
which could lead to a serious 
accident. Do not use the 

 

position in cold or rainy weather.

WARNING

NOTE

• 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   position, the outside air is 

automatically selected.

6-8

Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

5. Adjust the fan control dial and 

temperature control dial to maintain 
maximum comfort.

▼ Ventilation

1. Set the mode selector dial to the 

 

position.

2. Set the air intake selector to the 

 

position.

3. Set the temperature control dial to the 

desired position.

4. Set the fan control dial to the desired 

speed.

▼ Windshield Defrosting and 

Defogging

1. Set the mode selector dial to the 

 

position.

2. Set the temperature control dial to the 

desired position.

When using the air conditioner while 
driving up long hills or in heavy traffic, 
closely monitor the temperature gauge 
(page 5-25).
The air conditioner may cause engine 
overheating. If the gauge indicates 
overheating, turn the air conditioner 
off.

NOTE

• When maximum cooling is desired, 

set the temperature control dial to 
the extreme cold position and set 
the air intake selector to the 

 

position, then set the fan control dial 
to the position 4.

• If warmer air is desired at floor 

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).

CAUTION

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Interior Comfort

Climate Control System

3. Set the fan control dial to the desired 

speed.

▼ Dehumidifying (With Air 

Conditioner)

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 

 

position.

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.

Foggy Windshield:
Using the 

 position with the 

temperature control set to the cold 
position will cause the outside of the 
glass 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.

NOTE

• For maximum defrosting, set the 

temperature control dial to the 
extreme hot position and the fan 
control dial to position 4.

• If warm air is desired at the floor, 

set the mode selector dial to the 

 

position.

• In the 

 or 

 position, outside air 

is automatically selected. The air 
intake selector cannot be changed to 
the  

position.

WARNING

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Interior Comfort

Audio System

▼ Manual Type

The manual antenna must be raised and 
lowered by hand.

▼ Detachable Type

To remove the antenna, turn it 
counterclockwise.
To install the antenna, turn it clockwise.
Make sure the antenna is security 
installed.

▼ Rear Window Antenna

The rear window antenna receives both 
AM and FM signals.

Antenna

To prevent from damaging the antenna, 
retract it before entering a car wash 
facility or passing beneath a low 
overhead clearance.

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.

When washing the inside rear window, 
use a soft cloth dampened in lukewarm 
water, gently wiping the antenna lines.
Use of glass cleaning products could 
damage the antenna.

CAUTION

CAUTION

6-11

Interior Comfort

Audio System

▼ Radio 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.

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.

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.

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.

Operating Tips for Audio 
System

Ionosphere

Station 1

Station 2

FM Station

40—50 km
(25—30 miles)

Ionosphere

100—200 km (60—120 miles)

FM wave

FM wave

AM wave

Direct

Reflected wave

6-12

Interior Comfort

Audio System

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.

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.

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

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

6-13

Interior Comfort

Audio System

▼ Operating Tips for Cassette Tape 

Player

Cleaning the cassette tape player

The tape head, capstans, and pinch rollers 
will gather oxide residue from cassette 
tapes. This can cause weak or wavering 
sounds and damage to the cassette tapes 
and player. Use a good quality head-
cleaning tape or a liquid cleaner cassette 
tape to remove it.
Should the unit not operate normally, 
consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer. 
Never attempt to repair it or insert a 
screwdriver or anything else.

Handling the cassette tape player

The following precautions should be 
observed.
• Do not spill any liquid on the audio 

system.

• Do not insert any objects, other than 

cassette tape, into the slot.

• If the cassette tape is loose, it may 

produce poor sound or performance 
during playback. Use a pencil or 
something similar to remove any slack.

• Only cassette tapes that play no longer 

than 90 minutes should be used. 
Cassette tape exceeding 90 minutes are 
thin and may easily break.

• Do not leave a cassette tape in the tape 

player slot when not in use. Remove it 
completely to permit the slot door to 
close and to protect the mechanism 
from dust.

• Store cassette tapes away from extreme 

heat, magnetic fields, and direct 
sunlight. Protect the exposed cassette 
tape from dirt and damage. Store 
cassette tapes in their original cases or 
other protective cases.

• Insert only cassette tapes into the slot. 

If objects other than cassette tapes are 
inserted, they may damage the player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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