Automatic Transaxle Controls

Automatic Transaxle Controls


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Lock-release button


Various Lockouts:

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

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NOTE

The Sport AT has an option that is not included in the traditional automatic transaxle giving the driver the option of selecting each gear instead of leaving it to the transaxle to shift gears. Even if you intend to use the automatic transaxle functions as a traditional automatic, you should also be aware that you can inadvertently shift into manual shift mode and an inappropriate gear may be retained as the vehicle speed increases. If you notice the engine speed going higher or hear the engine racing, confirm you have not accidentally slipped into manual shift mode (page 4-49).


qWARNING Light

A system malfunction or operation conditions are indicated by a WARNING. Refer to WARNING/Indicator Lights on page 4-22.


Transaxle Ranges

β€’ The shift position indicator light in the instrument cluster illuminates.

Refer to WARNING/Indicator Lights on page 4-22.

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

P (Park)

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WARNING

WARNING

WARNING

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


Always set the shift lever to P and set the parking brake:

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CAUTION

CAUTION

CAUTION

Only 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.


Ø Shifting into P, N or R while the vehicle is moving can damage your transaxle.

Ø Shifting into a driving gear or reverse when the engine is running faster than idle can damage the transaxle.

R (Reverse)

In position R, the vehicle moves only backward. You must be at a complete stop before shifting to or from R, except under rare circumstances as explained in Rocking the Vehicle (page 3-41).

N (Neutral)

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WARNING

WARNING

WARNING

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.


If the engine is running faster than idle, do not shift from N or P into a driving gear:

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.

Do not shift into N when driving the vehicle:

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CAUTION

CAUTION

CAUTION

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. Doing so can cause transaxle damage.

NOTE

Apply the parking brake or depress the brake pedal before moving the shift lever from N to prevent the vehicle from moving unexpectedly.

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D (Drive)

D is the normal driving position. From a stop, the transaxle will automatically shift through a 6-gear sequence.

M (Manual)

M is the manual shift mode position. Gears can be shifted up or down by operating the shift lever.

Refer to Manual Shift Mode on page 4-49.


Active Adaptive Shift (AAS)

Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) automatically controls the transaxle shift points to best suit the road conditions and driver input. This improves driving feel. The transaxle may switch to AAS mode when driving up and down slopes, cornering, or depressing the accelerator pedal quickly while the shift lever is in the D position.

Depending on the driving conditions and vehicle operations, the transaxle may not shift gears, however, this does not indicate a problem because the AAS mode will maintain the optimum gear 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. Press and hold the lock-release button.

4. Move the selector lever.

NOTE

β€’ When the ignition is switched to ACC or the ignition is switched off, the selector lever cannot be shifted from P.

β€’ The ignition cannot be switched to OFF if the selector lever is not in P.


Shift-Lock Override

If the selector lever will not move from P using the proper shift procedure, continue to hold down the pedal.

1. Remove the shift-lock override cover using a cloth-wrapped flat head screwdriver.

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Cover

Cover

Cover

2. Insert a screwdriver and push it down.


3. Press and hold the lock-release button.

4. Move the selector lever.

5. Take the vehicle to an Authorized Mazda Dealer to have the system checked.

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qManual Shift Mode

This mode gives you the feel of driving a manual transaxle vehicle by operating the selector lever and allows you to control engine rpm and torque to the drive wheels much like a manual transaxle when more control is desired.


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


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NOTE

Changing to manual shift mode while driving will not damage the transaxle.

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

NOTE

β€’ If you change to manual shift mode when the vehicle is stopped, the gear will shift to M1.

β€’ If you change to manual shift mode without depressing the accelerator pedal when driving in D range, 5th gear/6th gear, the gear will shift to M4/M5.

Indicators

Manual shift mode indicator

In manual shift mode, the β€œM” of the shift position indicator in the instrument panel illuminates.

Gear position indicator

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Manual shift mode indicator

Manual shift mode indicator

Manual shift mode indicator

Gear position indicator

Gear position indicator

Gear position indicator

The numeral for the selected gear illuminates.


NOTE

β€’ If the gears cannot be shifted down when driving at higher speeds, the gear position indicator will flash twice to signal that the gears cannot be shifted down (to protect the transaxle).

β€’ If the automatic transaxle fluid (ATF) temperature becomes too high, there is the possibility that the transaxle will switch to automatic shift mode, canceling manual shift mode and turning off the gear position indicator illumination. This is a normal function to protect the AT. After the ATF temperature has decreased, the gear position indicator illumination turns back on and driving in manual shift mode is restored.

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Shifting

Manually Shifting up

(M1 β†’ M2 β†’ M3 β†’ M4 β†’ M5 β†’ M6)

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To shift up to a higher gear, move the selector lever back ( ) once.


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NOTE

β€’ When driving slowly, the gears may not shift up.

β€’ In manual shift mode, do not run the engine with the tachometer needle in the RED ZONE. When the engine rpm is high, a gear may shift up automatically to protect the engine.

β€’ When depressing the accelerator fully, the transaxle will shift to a lower gear, depending on vehicle speed (Except M2 β†’ M1).

Manually Shifting down

(M6 β†’ M5 β†’ M4 β†’ M3 β†’ M2 β†’ M1)

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To shift down to a lower gear, move the selector lever forward ( ) once.


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WARNING

WARNING

WARNING

Do not use engine braking on slippery road surfaces or at high speeds:

Shifting down while driving on wet, snowy, or frozen roads, or while 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.

NOTE

β€’ When driving at high speeds, the gear may not shift down.

β€’ During deceleration, the gear may automatically shift down depending on vehicle speed.

β€’ When depressing the accelerator fully, the transaxle will shift to a lower gear, depending on vehicle speed (Except M2 β†’ M1).

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Second gear fixed mode

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When the selector lever is moved back ( ) while the vehicle speed is about 10

km/h (6 mph) or less, the transaxle is set in the second gear fixed mode. The gear is fixed in second while in this mode for easier acceleration from a stop and driving on slippery roads such as snow-covered roads.

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If the selector lever is moved back ( ) or forward ( ) while in the second gear fixed mode, the mode will be canceled.

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Shift gear (shifting) speed limit

For each gear position while in the manual mode, the speed limit is set as follows: When the selector lever is operated within the range of the speed limit, the gear is shifted.



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Shift up

The gear does not shift up while the vehicle speed is lower than the speed limit.

Shift down

The gear does not shift down while the vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit.

If the vehicle speed exceeds the speed limit and the gear does not shift down, the gear position indication flashes 2 times to notify the driver that the gear cannot be shifted.

Kickdown

When the accelerator pedal is depressed fully while driving, the gear shifts down.

NOTE

The gear also shifts down using kickdown while in the second gear fixed mode.


Auto-shift down

The gear shifts down automatically depending on the vehicle speed during deceleration.

NOTE

If the vehicle comes to a stop while in the second gear fixed mode, the gear remains in second.


Recommendations for shifting (U.S.A. and Canada) Upshifting

For normal acceleration and cruising, we recommend these shift points.


Gear

Vehicle speed*1

M1 to M2

24 km/h (15 mph)

M2 to M3

40 km/h (25 mph)

M3 to M4

65 km/h (40 mph)

M4 to M5

73 km/h (45 mph)

M5 to M6

81 km/h (50 mph)

*1: Always observe local speed limit regulations.

Downshifting

When you must slow down in heavy traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift before the engine starts to overwork. This gives better acceleration when you need more speed.


On a steep downgrade, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.


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WARNING

WARNING

WARNING

Driving Tips


Do not allow the vehicle to move in reverse on an up-slope while the selector lever is in a forward gear position, or move forward on a down- slope while the selector lever is in the reverse position:

Otherwise, the engine will stop, causing the loss of the power brake and power steering functions, and make it difficult to control the vehicle which could result in an accident.

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.

NOTE

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The accelerator pedal feels heavy as it is being depressed, but then lightens as it is fully depressed. This change in pedal force aids the engine control system in determining how much the accelerator pedal has been depressed for performing kickdown, and functions to control whether or not kickdown should be performed.

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 the brake pedal 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.

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