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Mazda Protege (2003 year). Instruction - part 15

 

 

8-34

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

▼ Replacing a Bulb (Front)

To replace the fog light bulbs, contact an Authorized Mazda Dealer.
To replace the front side-marker light bulbs (Hatchback), contact an Authorized Mazda 
Dealer.

Front turn signal lights/Parking lights

Front side-marker lights

Sedan

Side turn signal lights

8-35

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

▼ Replacing a Bulb (Interior)

Overhead light (Type B) 
Map lights (Type B)

Map lights (Type A)

Overhead light (Type A)

Luggage compartment light 
(Hatchback)

8-36

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

▼ Replacing a Bulb (Rear)

Rear bulb access

(Sedan)

To replace the turn signal light, brake 
light/taillight, side-marker light or reverse 
light bulb, the trunk end trim must be 
removed and the inside cover must be 
partially opened.

1. Pull the center section of the plastic 

retainer and remove the retainers and 
the trunk end trim.

2. Remove the inside cover’s plastic 

retainers and partially open the inside 
cover.

(Hatchback)

To replace the turn signal light, brake 
light/taillight or reverse light bulb, remove 
the caps and the cover.

Jack cover

8-37

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

    Brake lights/Taillights
    Rear side-marker lights
    Reverse lights
    Taillights

Rear turn signal lights

High-mount brake light (Sedan)

License plate lights

Trunk light (Sedan)

Sedan

Sedan

Hatchback

Hatchback

    Brake lights/Taillights
    Rear turn signal lights
    Reverse lights

Sedan

To replace the high-
mount brake light bulb,
contact an Authorized
Mazda Dealer.

8-38

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

Your vehicle’s electrical system is 
protected by fuses.

If any lights, accessories, or controls don’t 
work, inspect the appropriate circuit 
protector. If a fuse has blown, the inside 
element will be melted.

If the same fuse blows again, avoid using 
that system and consult an Authorized 
Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.

▼ Fuse Replacement

If the electrical system doesn’t work, first 
inspect fuses on the driver’s side.

1. Turn off the ignition switch and other 

switches.

2. Open the fuse panel cover.

3. Pull the fuse straight out with the fuse 

puller provided on the fuse panel.

4. Inspect it and replace if it’s blown.

5. Push in a new fuse of the same rating, 

and make sure it fits tightly. If it 
doesn’t, have an Authorized Mazda 
Dealer install it.
If you have no spare fuses, borrow one 
of the same rating from a circuit not 
essential to vehicle operation, such as 
the RADIO circuit.

Fuses

Fuse panel cover

Always replace a fuse with one of the 
same rating. Otherwise you may 
damage the electric system.

Fuse puller

Normal

Blown

CAUTION

8-39

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

If the headlights or other electrical 
components don’t work and the fuses in 
the cabin are OK, inspect the fuse block 
under the hood. If a fuse is blown, it must 
be replaced. Follow these steps:

1. Turn off the ignition switch and all 

other switches.

2. Remove the fuse block cover.

3. If a fuse is blown, replace it with a new 

one of the same rating.

NOTE

To replace the MAIN fuse, contact an 
Authorized Mazda Dealer (page 8-40).

Tab

Fuse block
cover

Normal

Blown

8-40

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

▼ Fuse Panel Description

Fuse block (Engine compartment)

DESCRIPTION

FUSE 

RATING

PROTECTED 

COMPONENT

1

HEATER

40  A

Heater

2

ABS

60 A

Antilock brake 
system, For 
protection of 
various circuits

3

IG KEY

60 A

For protection of 
various circuits

4

PTC

30 A

5

GLOW

40  A

6

7

COOLING 

FAN

30 A

Cooling fan

8

BTN

40 A

Interior lights, 
Power door lock

9

AD FAN

30 A

Additional 
cooling fan for air 
conditioner

10

INJ OR 

FIP

30 A

Engine control 
unit

11

A/C

10 A

Air conditioner

DESCRIPTION

FUSE 

RATING

PROTECTED 

COMPONENT

12

ST.SIG

10 A

Starter signal

13

HORN

15 A

Horn

14

HAZARD

15 A

Hazard warning 
flashers

15

TAIL

15 A

Taillights

16

HEAD 

C/U

7.5 A

For protection of 
various circuits

17

FOG

15 A

18

FOG

15 A

Fog lights

19

STOP

15 A

Brake lights

20

HEAD-R

15 A

Headlight-right

21

HEAD-L

15 A

Headlight-left

22

23

HEAD HI

15 A

24

MAIN

100 A

For protection of 
all circuits

8-41

Maintenance and Care

Owner Maintenance

Fuse panel (Driver’s side)

DESCRIPTION

FUSE 

RATING

PROTECTED 

COMPONENT

1

S/WRM

15 A

For protection of 
various circuits

2

H/CLN

20 A

For protection of 
various circuits

3

RADIO

15 A

Audio system

4

A/C

15 A

Air conditioner

5

R.WIPER

10 A

For protection of 
various circuits

6

7

8

ROOM

10 A

Interior lights, 
Trunk light, 
Luggage 
compartment light

9

MIRR  DEF

10  A

10

11

DOOR 

LOCK

30 A

Power door lock

12

P/WIND

30 A

DESCRIPTION

FUSE 

RATING

PROTECTED 

COMPONENT

13

WIPER

20 A

Windshield wiper 
and washer

14

ENGINE

10 A

Engine control 
unit

15

METER

10 A

Instrument cluster

16

17

P/WIND

30 A

Power windows

8-42

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

The paintwork on your Mazda represents 
the latest technical developments in 
composition and methods of application.

Environmental hazards, however, can 
harm the paint’s protective properties, if 
proper care is not taken.

Here are some examples of possible 
damage, with tips on how to prevent them.

▼ Etching Caused by Acid Rain or 

Industrial Fallout

Occurrence

Industrial pollutants and vehicle 
emissions drift into the air and mix with 
rain or dew to form acids. These acids can 
settle on a vehicle’s finish. As the water 
evaporates, the acid becomes concentrated 
and can damage the finish.
And the longer the acid remains on the 
surface, the greater the chance is for 
damage.

Prevention

It is necessary to wash and wax your 
vehicle to preserve its finish according to 
the instructions in this section. These 
steps should be taken immediately after 
you suspect that acid rain has settled on 
your vehicle’s finish.

▼ Damage Caused by Bird 

Dropping, Insects, or Tree Sap

Occurrence

Bird droppings contain acids. If these 
aren’t removed they can eat away the clear 
and color base coat of the vehicle’s 
paintwork.

When insects stick to the paint surface 
and decompose, corrosive compounds 
form. These can erode the clear and color 
base coat of the vehicle’s paintwork if 
they are not removed.

Tree sap will harden and adhere 
permanently to the paint finish. If you 
scratch the sap off while it is hard, some 
vehicle paint could come off with it.

Prevention

It is necessary to have your Mazda 
washed and waxed to preserve its finish 
according to the instructions in this 
section. This should be done as soon as 
possible.

Bird droppings can be removed with a soft 
sponge and water. If you are traveling and 
these are not available, a moistened tissue 
may also take care of the problem. The 
cleaned area should be waxed according 
to the instructions in this section.
Insects and tree sap are best removed with 
a soft sponge and water or a commercially 
available chemical cleaner.

Another method is to cover the affected 
area with dampened newspaper for one to 
two hours. After removing the newspaper, 
rinse off the loosened debris with water.

How to Minimize 
Environmental Paint 
Damage

8-43

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

▼ Water Marks

Occurrence

Rain, fog, dew, and even tap water can 
contain harmful minerals such as salt and 
lime. If moisture containing these 
minerals settles on the vehicle and 
evaporates, the minerals will concentrate 
and harden to form white rings. The rings 
can damage your vehicle’s finish.

Prevention

It is necessary to wash and wax your 
vehicle to preserve its finish according to 
the instructions in this section. These 
steps should be taken immediately after 
you find water marks on your vehicle’s 
finish.

▼ Paint Chipping

Occurrence

Paint chipping occurs when gravel thrown 
in the air by another vehicle’s tires hits 
your vehicle.

How to avoid paint chipping

Keeping a safe distance between you and 
the vehicle ahead reduces the chances of 
having your paint chipped by flying 
gravel.

NOTE

• The paint chipping zone varies with 

the speed of the vehicle. For 
example, when traveling at 90 km/h 
(56 mph), the paint chipping zone is 
50 m (164 ft).

• In low temperatures a vehicle’s 

finish hardens. This increases the 
chance of paint chipping.

• Chipped paint can lead to rust 

forming on your Mazda. Before this 
happens, repair the damage by using 
Mazda touch-up paint according to 
the instructions in this section. 
Failure to repair the affected area 
could lead to serious rusting and 
expensive repairs.

8-44

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

Follow all label and container directions 
when using a chemical cleaner or polish. 
Read all warnings and cautions.

▼ Maintaining the Finish

Washing

To help protect the finish from rust and 
deterioration, wash your Mazda 
thoroughly and frequently, at least once a 
month, with lukewarm or cold water.

If the vehicle is washed improperly, the 
paint surface could be scratched. Here are 
some examples of how scratching could 
occur.

Scratches occur on the paint surface 
when:
• The vehicle is washed without first 

rinsing off dirt and other foreign 
matter.

• The vehicle is washed with a rough, 

dry, or dirty cloth.

• The vehicle is washed at a car wash 

that uses brushes that are dirty or too 
stiff.

• Cleansers or wax containing abrasives 

are used.

To minimize scratches on the vehicle’s 
paint finish:
• Rinse off any dirt or other foreign 

matter using lukewarm or cold water 
before washing.

• Use plenty of lukewarm or cold water 

and a soft cloth when washing the 
vehicle. Do not use a nylon cloth.

• Rub gently when washing or drying the 

vehicle.

• Take your vehicle only to a car wash 

that keeps its brushes well maintained.

• Don’t use abrasive cleansers or wax 

that contain abrasives.

Pay special attention to removing salt, 
dirt, mud, and other foreign material from 
the underside of the wings, and make sure 
the drain holes in the lower edges of the 
doors and rocker panels are clean.

Exterior Care

NOTE

• Mazda is not responsible for 

scratches caused by automatic car 
washes or improper washing.

• Scratches are more noticeable on 

vehicles with darker paint finishes.

• Don’t use steel wool, abrasive 

cleaners, or strong detergents 
containing highly alkaline or caustic 
agents on chrome-plated or 
anodized aluminum parts. This may 
damage the protective coating; also, 
cleaners and detergents may 
discolor or deteriorate the paint.

• To prevent damaging the antenna, 

retract it before entering a car wash 
facility or passing beneath a low 
overhead clearance.

CAUTION

8-45

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

Insects, tar, tree sap, bird droppings, 
industrial fallout, and similar deposits can 
damage the finish if not removed 
immediately. When prompt washing with 
plain water is ineffective, use a mild soap 
made for use on vehicles.

Thoroughly rinse off all soap with 
lukewarm or cold water. Don’t allow soap 
to dry on the finish.

After washing the vehicle, dry it with a 
clean chamois to prevent water spots from 
forming.

Waxing

Your vehicle needs to be waxed when 
water no longer beads on the finish.
Always wash and dry the vehicle before 
waxing it. In addition to the vehicle body, 
wax the metal trim to maintain its luster.

1. Use wax which contains no abrasives.

Waxes containing abrasive will remove 
paint and could damage bright metal 
parts.

2. Use a good grade of natural wax for 

metallic, mica, and solid colors.

3. When waxing, coat evenly with the 

sponge supplied or a soft cloth.

4. Wipe off the wax with a soft cloth.

▼ Repairing Damage to the Finish

Deep scratches or chips on the finish 
should be repaired promptly. Exposed 
metal quickly rusts and can lead to major 
repairs.

▼ Bright-Metal Maintenance

• Use tar remover to remove road tar and 

insects. Never do this with a knife or 
similar tool.

• To prevent corrosion on bright-metal 

surfaces, apply wax or chrome 
preservative and rub it to a high luster.

• During cold weather or in coastal 

areas, cover bright-metal parts with a 
coating of wax or preservative heavier 
than usual. It would also help to coat 
them with noncorrosive petroleum jelly 
or some other protective compound.

Driving with Wet Brakes:
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. Dry the brakes by driving 
very slowly and applying the brakes 
lightly until brake performance is 
normal.

WARNING

NOTE

A spot remover to remove oil, tar, and 
similar materials will usually also take 
off the wax. Rewax these areas even if 
the rest of the vehicle doesn’t need it.

If your Mazda is damaged and needs 
metal parts repaired or replaced, make 
sure the body shop applies anti-
corrosion materials to all parts, both 
repaired and new. This will prevent 
them from rusting.

CAUTION

8-46

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

▼ Underbody Maintenance

Road chemicals and salt used for ice and 
snow removal and solvents used for dust 
control may collect on the underbody. If 
not removed, they will speed up rusting 
and deterioration of such underbody parts 
as fuel lines, frame, floor pan, and exhaust 
system, even though these parts may be 
coated with anti-corrosive material.

Thoroughly flush the underbody and 
wheel housings with lukewarm or cold 
water at the end of each winter. Try also to 
do this every month.

Pay special attention to these areas 
because they easily hide mud and dirt. It 
will do more harm than good to wet 
down the road grime without removing 
it.

The lower edges of doors, rocker panels, 
and frame members have drain holes that 
should not be clogged. Water trapped 
there will cause rusting.

▼ Aluminum Wheel Maintenance

A protective coating is provided over the 
aluminum wheels. Special care is needed 
to protect this coating.

Don’t use steel wool, abrasive 
cleaners, or strong detergents 
containing highly alkaline or caustic 
agents on chrome-plated or anodized 
aluminum parts. This may result in 
damage to the protective coating and 
cause discoloration or paint 
deterioration.

CAUTION

Driving with Wet Brakes:
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. Dry the brakes by driving 
very slowly and applying the brakes 
lightly until brake performance is 
normal.

NOTE

• Don’t use a wire brush or any 

abrasive cleaner, polishing 
compound, or solvent on aluminum 
wheels. They may damage the 
coating.

• Only use a mild soap or neutral 

detergent and always use a sponge 
or soft cloth to clean the wheels.
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm or 
cold water. Also, be sure to clean 
the wheels after driving on dusty or 
salted roads. This helps prevent 
corrosion.

• Avoid washing your vehicle in an 

automatic car wash that uses high-
speed or hard brushes.

• If your aluminum wheels lose 

luster, wax the wheels.

WARNING

8-47

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

▼ Dashboard Precautions

Prevent caustic solutions such as perfume 
and cosmetic oils from contacting the 
dashboard. They’ll damage and discolor 
it. If these solutions get on the dashboard, 
wipe them off immediately.

▼ Cleaning the Upholstery and 

Interior Trim

Vinyl

Remove dust and loose dirt from vinyl 
with a whisk broom or vacuum cleaner.
Clean vinyl with a leather-and-vinyl 
cleaner.

Leather

Real leather isn’t uniform and may have 
scars, scratches, and wrinkles. Clean it 
with a leather cleaner or mild soap.

Wipe it with a damp soft cloth; then dry 
and buff it with a dry soft cloth.

Fabric

Remove dust and loose dirt from fabric 
with a whisk broom or vacuum cleaner.
Clean it with a mild soap solution good 
for upholstery and carpets. Remove fresh 
spots immediately with a fabric spot 
cleaner.

To keep the fabric looking clean and 
fresh, take care of it. Otherwise its color 
will be affected, it can be stained easily, 
and its fire-resistance may be reduced.

▼ Cleaning the Lap/Shoulder Belt 

Webbing

Clean the webbing with a mild soap 
solution recommended for upholstery or 
carpets. Follow instructions. Don’t bleach 
or dye the webbing; this may weaken it.

After cleaning the belts, thoroughly dry 
the belt webbing and make sure there is 
no remaining moisture before retracting 
them.

Interior Care

Do not use glazing agents.
Glazing agents contain ingredients 
which may cause discoloration, 
wrinkling, cracks and peeling.

CAUTION

Use only recommended cleaners and 
procedures. Others may affect 
appearance and fire-resistance.

Damaged Seat Belt:
Using damaged seat belts is 
dangerous. In a collision, damaged 
belts cannot provide adequate 
protection. Have your Authorized 
Mazda Dealer replace damaged belts 
immediately.

CAUTION

WARNING

8-48

Maintenance and Care

Appearance Care

▼ Cleaning the Window Interiors

If the windows become covered with an 
oily, greasy, or waxy film, clean them with 
glass cleaner. Follow the directions on the 
container.

Don’t scrape or scratch the inside of 
the rear window. You may damage the 
rear window defroster grid.

CAUTION

9-1

9

Customer Information

Important consumer information including warranties and add-on equipment.

Customer Assistance  ..................................................................... 9-2

Customer Assistance (U.S.A.) ................................................... 9-2
Customer Assistance (Canada) .................................................. 9-3
Customer Assistance (Puerto Rico) ........................................... 9-6

Mazda Importer/Distributors  ...................................................... 9-7

Importer/Distributor .................................................................. 9-7
Distributor in Each Area ............................................................ 9-7

Warranty ........................................................................................ 9-8

Warranties for Your Mazda ........................................................ 9-8
Outside the United States and Canada  ...................................... 9-9
Add-On Non-Genuine Parts and Accessories  ......................... 9-10

Cell Phones ................................................................................... 9-11

Cell Phones Warning  ............................................................... 9-11

Uniform Tire Quality Grading System (UTQGS) .................... 9-12

Uniform Tire Quality Grading System (UTQGS) ................... 9-12

Reporting Safety Defects  ............................................................ 9-14

Reporting Safety Defects ......................................................... 9-14

Service Publications  .................................................................... 9-15

Service Publications  ................................................................ 9-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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