Mazda Mazda6: Warning/Indicator Lights - Driving Your Mazda - Mazda6 Owners ManualMazda Mazda6: Warning/Indicator Lights

Signal Warning/Indicator Lights
Brake System Warning Light Brake System Warning Light
Charging System Warning Light Charging System Warning Light
Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
Check Engine Light Check Engine Light
Powertrain Malfunction/Reduced Power Warning Light Powertrain Malfunction/Reduced Power Warning Light
ABS Warning Light ABS Warning Light
Air Bag/Front Seat Belt Pretensioner System Warning Light Air Bag/Front Seat Belt Pretensioner System Warning Light
Low Fuel Warning Light Low Fuel Warning Light
Check Fuel Cap Warning Light Check Fuel Cap Warning Light
Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep
Door-Ajar Warning Light Door-Ajar Warning Light
Low Washer Fluid Level Warning Light Low Washer Fluid Level Warning Light
Automatic Transaxle Warning Light Automatic Transaxle Warning Light
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Warning Light Tire Pressure Monitoring System Warning Light
KEY Warning Light (Red)/KEY Indicator Light (Green) KEY Warning Light (Red)/KEY Indicator Light (Green)
Electronic Steering Lock Warning Light Electronic Steering Lock Warning Light
Security Indicator Light Security Indicator Light
Headlight High-Beam Indicator Light Headlight High-Beam Indicator Light
Shift Position Indicator Light Shift Position Indicator Light
TCS/DSC Indicator Light TCS/DSC Indicator Light
TCS OFF Indicator Light TCS OFF Indicator Light
DSC OFF Indicator Light DSC OFF Indicator Light
Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator Light (Green)
BSM OFF Indicator Light BSM OFF Indicator Light
Lights-On Indicator Light Lights-On Indicator Light
Turn Signal/Hazard Warning Indicator Lights Turn Signal/Hazard Warning Indicator Lights

Brake System Warning Light

This warning has the following functions:

This warning has the following functions:

Parking brake warning

The light illuminates when the parking brake is applied with the ignition switched to START or ON. It turns off when the parking brake is fully released.

Low brake fluid level warning

If the light stays on after the parking brake is fully released, you may have a brake problem.

Drive to the side of the road and park off the right-of-way.

You may notice that the pedal is harder to depress or that it may go closer to the floor. In either case, it will take longer to stop the vehicle.

1. With the engine stopped, open the hood and check the brake fluid level immediately, and then add fluid if required.

2. After adding fluid, check the light again.

If the warning light remains on, or if the brakes do not operate properly, do not drive the vehicle. Have it towed to an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

Even if the light turns off have your brake system inspected as soon as possible by an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

NOTE:

Having to add brake fluid is sometimes an indicator of leakage. Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible even if the brake light is no longer illuminated.

WARNING:

Do not drive with the brake system warning light illuminated. Contact an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the brakes inspected as soon as possible:

Driving with the brake system warning light illuminated is dangerous. It indicates that your brakes may not work at all or that they could completely fail at any time. If this light remains illuminated, after checking that the parking brake is fully released, have the brakes inspected immediately.

ABSWarning Light

The warning light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

The warning light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

If the ABS warning light stays on while you're driving, the ABS control unit has detected a system malfunction. If this occurs, your brakes will function normally as if the vehicle had no ABS.

Should this happen, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.

NOTE:

When the engine is jump-started to charge the battery, uneven rpm occurs and the ABS warning light may illuminate. If this occurs, it is the result of the weak battery and does not indicate an ABS malfunction.

Recharge the battery.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution SystemWarning

If the electronic brake force distribution control unit determines that some

If the electronic brake force distribution control unit determines that some components are operating incorrectly, the control unit may illuminate the brake system warning light and the ABS warning light on simultaneously. The problem is likely to be the electronic brake force distribution system.

WARNING:

Do not drive with both the ABS warning light and brake warning light illuminated. Have the vehicle towed to an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the brakes inspected as soon as possible:

Driving when the brake system warning light and ABS warning light are illuminated simultaneously is dangerous.

When both lights are illuminated, the rear wheels could lock more quickly in an emergency stop than under normal circumstances.

Charging SystemWarning Light

This warning light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON and turns off

This warning light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON and turns off when the engine is started.

If the warning light illuminates while driving, it indicates a malfunction of the alternator or of the charging system.

Drive to the side of the road and park off the right-of-way. Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

CAUTION:

Do not continue driving when the charging system warning light is illuminated because the engine could stop unexpectedly.

Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light

This warning light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON and turns off

This warning light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON and turns off when the engine is started.

This warning light indicates low engine oil pressure.

If the light illuminates while driving:

1. Drive to the side of the road and park off the right-of-way on level ground.

2. Turn off the engine and wait 5 minutes for the oil to drain back into the oil pan.

3. Inspect the engine oil level.

If it's low, add the appropriate amount of engine oil while being careful not to overfill.

4. Start the engine and check the warning light.

If the light remains illuminated even after you add oil, stop the engine immediately and have your vehicle towed to an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

CAUTION:

Do not run the engine if the oil pressure is low. It could result in extensive engine damage.

Check Engine Light

This indicator light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON and turns off

This indicator light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON and turns off when the engine is started.

If this light illuminates while driving, the vehicle may have a problem. It is important to note the driving conditions when the light illuminated and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

The check engine light may illuminate in the following cases:

- The fuel tank level being very low or approaching empty.

- The engine's electrical system has a problem.

- The emission control system has a problem.

If the check engine light remains on or flashes continuously, do not drive at high speeds and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.

Powertrain Malfunction/Reduced PowerWarning Light (3.7-liter engine)

This warning light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This warning light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

If this light illuminates while driving, the vehicle may have a problem. It is important to note the driving conditions when the light illuminated and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

The powertrain malfunction/reduced power warning light may illuminate in the following cases:

- The engine's electrical system has a problem.

- The emission control system has a problem.

If the powertrain malfunction/reduced power warning light remains on, do not drive at high speeds and consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.

Air Bag/Front Seat Belt Pretensioner System Warning Light

If the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system is working properly, the warning

If the air bag/front seat belt pretensioner system is working properly, the warning light illuminates when the ignition is switched ON or after the engine is cranked. The warning light turns off after a specified period of time.

A system malfunction is indicated if the warning light constantly flashes, constantly illuminates or does not illuminate at all when the ignition is switched ON. If any of these occur, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible. The system may not work in an accident.

WARNING:

Never tamper with the air bag/ pretensioner systems and always have an Authorized Mazda Dealer perform all servicing and repairs:

Self-servicing or tampering with the systems is dangerous. An air bag/ pretensioner could accidentally activate or become disabled causing serious injury or death.

Low Fuel Warning Light

This warning light in the fuel gauge signals that the fuel tank will soon be

This warning light in the fuel gauge signals that the fuel tank will soon be empty.

Refuel as soon as possible.

Check Fuel Cap Warning Light

This warning light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This warning light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

If the check fuel cap warning light illuminates while driving, the fuel-filler cap may not be installed properly. Stop the engine and reinstall the fuel-filler cap.

Refer to the fuel-filler cap.

Seat Belt Warning Light/Beep

The seat belt warning light illuminates and a beep sound will be heard if the

The seat belt warning light illuminates and a beep sound will be heard if the driver's seat belt is not fastened when the ignition is switched ON.

Conditions of operation

Condition Result
The driver's seat belt is not fastened when the ignition is switched ON. The warning light illuminates for about 1 minute and a beep sound will be heard for about 6 seconds.
The driver's seat belt is fastened while the warning light and the beep sound are activated. The warning light turns off and the beep sound stops.
The driver's seat belt is fastened before the ignition is switched ON. The warning light will not illuminate and the beep sound will not be heard.

Belt minder

NOTE:

The belt minder can be deactivated. Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer to deactivate or restore the seat belt minder.

Driver seated/Front passenger not seated

The belt minder is a supplemental warning to the seat belt warning function.

If the driver's seat belt is not fastened when the ignition is switched ON, the warning light/beep operates to give you further reminders according to the chart below.

Once the beep sound is heard, it continues sounding even if the vehicle speed

Once the beep sound is heard, it continues sounding even if the vehicle speed lowers to 20 km/h (12 mph) or less until the seatbelt is fastened or the beep sound period has passed.

Driver seated/Front passenger seated

The seat belt warning function reminds the front passenger to fasten the seat belt according to the chart below.

Placing heavy items on the front passenger seat may cause the front passenger

Placing heavy items on the front passenger seat may cause the front passenger seat belt warning function to operate depending on the weight of the item.

Once the beep sound is heard, it continues sounding even if the vehicle speed lowers to 20 km/h (12 mph) or less until the seatbelt is fastened or the beep sound period has passed.

NOTE:

- To allow the front passenger seat weight sensor to function properly, do not place and sit on an additional seat cushion on the front passenger seat. The sensor may not function properly because the additional seat cushion could cause sensor interference.

- When a small child sits on the front passenger seat, it is possible that neither the warning light nor the warning beep operate.

Door-Ajar Warning Light

This warning light illuminates when any door or the trunk is not securely closed.

This warning light illuminates when any door or the trunk is not securely closed.

Close the door or the trunk securely before driving the vehicle.

LowWasher Fluid Level Warning Light

This warning light indicates that little washer fluid remains. Add fluid.

This warning light indicates that little washer fluid remains. Add fluid.

Automatic Transaxle Warning Light

This warning light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

This warning light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

The light illuminates when the transaxle has a problem.

CAUTION:

If the automatic transaxle warning light illuminates, 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.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)Warning Light

This warning light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This warning light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

Thereafter, the warning light illuminates and a beep is heard when tire pressure is too low in one or more tires, and flashes when there is a system malfunction.

WARNING:

If the tire pressure monitoring system warning light illuminates or flashes, or the tire pressure warning beep sound is heard, decrease vehicle speed immediately and avoid sudden maneuvering and braking:

If the tire pressure monitoring system warning light illuminates or flashes, or the tire pressure warning beep sound is heard, it is dangerous to drive the vehicle at high speeds, or perform sudden maneuvering or braking. Vehicle drivability could worsen and result in an accident.

To determine if you have a slow leak or a flat, pull over to a safe position where you can check the visual condition of the tire and determine if you have enough air to proceed to a place where air may be added and the system monitored again, an Authorized Mazda Dealer or a tire repair station.

Do not ignore the TPMS Warning Light:

Ignoring the TPMS warning light is dangerous, even if you know why it is illuminated. Have the problem taken care of as soon as possible before it develops into a more serious situation that could lead to tire failure and a dangerous accident.

Warning light illuminates/Warning beep sounds

When the warning light illuminates, and the warning beep sound is heard (about 3 seconds), tire pressure is too low in one or more tires.

Adjust the tire pressure to the correct tire pressure. Refer to the specification charts.

CAUTION:

When replacing/repairing the tires or wheels or both, have the work done by an Authorized Mazda Dealer, or the tire pressure sensors may be damaged.

NOTE:

- Perform tire pressure adjustment when the tires are cold. Tire pressure will vary according to the tire temperature, therefore let the vehicle stand for 1 hour or only drive it 1.6 km (1 mile) or less before adjusting the tire pressures. When pressure is adjusted on hot tires to the cold inflation pressure, the TPMS warning light/beep may turn on after the tires cool and pressure drops below specification.

Also, an illuminated TPMS warning light, resulting from the tire air pressure dropping due to cold ambient temperature, may turn off if the ambient temperature rises. In this case, it will also be necessary to adjust the tire air pressures. If the TPMS warning light illuminates due to a drop in tire air pressure, make sure to check and adjust the tire air pressures.

- After adjusting the tire air pressures, it may require some time for the TPMS warning light to turn off. If the TPMS warning light remains illuminated, drive the vehicle at a speed of at least 25 km/h (16 mph) for 10 minutes, and then verify that it turns off.

- Tires loose air naturally over time and the TPMS cannot tell if the tires are getting too soft over time or you have a flat. However, when you find one low tire in a set of fourthat is an indication of trouble; you should have someone drive the vehicle slowly forward so you can inspect any low tire for cuts and any metal objects sticking through tread or sidewall. Put a few drops of water in the valve stem to see if it bubbles indicating a bad valve. Leaks need to be addressed by more than simply refilling the trouble tire as leaks are dangerous - take it to an Authorized Mazda Dealer which has all the equipment to fix tires, TPMS systems and order the best replacement tire for your vehicle.

If the warning light illuminates again even after the tire pressures are adjusted, there may be a tire puncture. Replace the punctured tire with the temporary spare tire.

NOTE:

A tire pressure sensor is not installed to the temporary spare tire. The warning light will flash continuously while the temporary spare tire is being used.

Warning light flashes

When the warning light flashes, there may be a system malfunction. Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

KEY Warning Light (Red)/KEY Indicator Light (Green) (with Advanced Key)

This indicator has two colors.

This indicator has two colors.

KEY Warning Light (Red)

When illuminated

- When the push button start is pressed ON, it illuminates momentarily and then turns off.

- If any malfunction occurs in the advanced keyless system, it illuminates continuously.

WARNING:

Do not drive the vehicle with the KEY warning light illuminated:

If the KEY warning light remains illuminated, do not continue to drive using the advanced key system. Park the vehicle in a safe place and use the auxiliary key to continue driving the vehicle. Have the vehicle inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible.

When flashing

- Under the following conditions, the KEY warning light (red) flashes to inform the driver that the push button start will not switch to ACC even if it is pressed from off.

    - The advanced key battery is dead.

    - The advanced key is not within operational range.

    - The advanced key is placed in areas where it is difficult for the system to detect the signal.

    - A key from another manufacturer similar to the advanced key is in the operational range.

- Under the following conditions, the KEY warning light (red) will flash continuously when the push button start has not been pressed off to notify the driver that the advanced key has been removed. The KEY warning light (red) will stop flashing when the advanced key is back inside the vehicle:

    - The push button start has not been pressed off, the driver's door is open, and the advanced key is removed from the vehicle.

    -The push button start has not been pressed off and all the doors are closed after removing the advanced key from the vehicle.

NOTE:

Because the advanced key utilizes low-intensity radio waves, the Advanced Key Removed From Vehicle Warning may activate if the advanced key is carried together with a metal object or it is placed in a poor signal reception area.

KEY Indicator Light (Green)

When illuminated

When the brake pedal is depressed with an automatic transaxle or the clutch pedal is depressed with a manual transaxle, the system confirms that the correct advanced key is inside the vehicle, the KEY indicator light (green) illuminates, and the push button start can be pressed to ACC.

When flashing

When the push button start is pressed off from ON, the KEY indicator light (green) flashes for approximately 30 seconds indicating that the remaining battery power is low. Replace with a new battery before the advanced key becomes unusable.

Refer to Advanced Key Maintenance.

NOTE:

The advanced key can be set so that the KEY indicator light (green) does not flash even if the battery power is low.

Refer to Personalization Features.

Electronic Steering Lock Warning Light

The warning light remains illuminated for a few seconds after the push button

The warning light remains illuminated for a few seconds after the push button start is pressed ON.

It flashes if the steering wheel is not unlocked after the push button start is pressed.

Security Indicator Light

This indicator light starts flashing every 2 seconds when the ignition is switched

This indicator light starts flashing every 2 seconds when the ignition is switched from ON to ACC and the immobilizer system is armed.

The light stops flashing when the ignition is switched ON with the correct ignition key.

At this time, the immobilizer system is disarmed and the light illuminates for about 3 seconds and then turns off.

If the engine does not start with the correct ignition key, and the security indicator light keeps illuminating or flashing, the system may have a malfunction. Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

Headlight High-Beam Indicator Light

This light indicates one of two things:

This light indicates one of two things:

- The high-beam headlights are on.

- The turn signal lever is in the flash-topass position.

Shift Position Indicator Light (Automatic Transaxle)

This indicates the selected shift position.

In manual mode, the “M” of the shift position indicator illuminates and the numeral

In manual mode, the “M” of the shift position indicator illuminates and the numeral for the selected gear displays in the gear position indicator.

TCS/DSC Indicator Light

This indicator light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This indicator light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON. If the TCS or DSC is operating, the indicator light flashes.

If the light stays on, the TCS, DSC or the brake assist system may have a malfunction and they may not operate correctly. Take your vehicle to an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

TCS OFF Indicator Light

This indicator light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This indicator light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

It also illuminates when the TCS OFF switch is pressed and TCS is switched off.

Refer to TCS OFF Switch.

If the light remains illuminated and the TCS is not switched off, take your vehicle to an Authorized Mazda Dealer. The TCS may have a malfunction.

NOTE:

(3.7-liter engine).

If the battery is disconnected or a fuse is replaced, the TCS will be inoperable. When this happens, the TCS OFF indicator light flashes and the TCS indicator light illuminates.

To reactivate the TCS, perform the following procedure with the battery connected.

1. Switch the ignition ON.

2. Turn the steering clockwise fully, then turn it counterclockwise fully.

3. Make sure the TCS OFF indicator light and TCS indicator light turn off.

If the TCS indicator light and the TCS OFF indicator light remain illuminated even after switching the ignition ON, attempt the procedure again. If this still does not work, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

DSC OFF Indicator Light

This indicator light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This indicator light stays on for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

It also illuminates when the DSC OFF switch is pressed and TCS/DSC is switched off.

If the light stays on when the TCS/DSC is not switched off, take your vehicle to an Authorized Mazda Dealer. The dynamic stability control may have a malfunction.

NOTE:

If the battery is disconnected or a fuse is replaced, the DSC will be inoperable. In this case, the DSC OFF indicator light flashes and the TCS/DSC indicator light illuminates.

To make the DSC operable, do the following procedure with the battery connected.

1. Switch the ignition ON.

2. Turn the steering clockwise fully, then turn it counterclockwise fully.

3. Make sure the DSC OFF indicator and the TCS/DSC indicator goes off.

If the TCS/DSC indicator light and the DSC OFF indicator light remain illuminated even after switching the ignition ON, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)/Cruise Set Indicator Light (Green)

The indicator light has two colors.

The indicator light has two colors.

Cruise Main Indicator Light (Amber)

The indicator light illuminates amber when the ON/OFF switch is pressed and the cruise control system is activated.

Cruise Set Indicator Light (Green)

The indicator light illuminates green when a cruising speed has been set.

BSM OFF Indicator Light

This indicator light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched

This indicator light illuminates for a few seconds when the ignition is switched ON.

The BSM OFF indicator light illuminates when the BSM system is turned off by pressing the BSM OFF switch.

The indicator light flashes if the BSM system has a malfunction. Consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

NOTE:

If the vehicle is driven on a road with less traffic and few vehicles that the radar sensors can detect, the system may pause (The BSM OFF indicator light in the instrument panel flashes). However, it does not indicate a malfunction.

Lights-On Indicator Light (Black-out meter)

This indicator light illuminates when the exterior lights and dashboard illumination

This indicator light illuminates when the exterior lights and dashboard illumination are on.

Turn Signal/HazardWarning Indicator Lights

When operating the turn signal lights, the left or right turn signal indicator

When operating the turn signal lights, the left or right turn signal indicator light flashes to indicate which turn signal light is operating.

When operating the hazard warning lights, both turn signal indicator lights flash.

NOTE:

If an indicator light remains illuminated (does not flash) or if it flashes abnormally, one of the turn signal bulbs may be burned out.

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