Convertible Top (Soft Top)

Convertible Top Precautions


Convertible Top Precautions

WARNING:
Sit in the seat with the seat belt correctly fastened when the vehicle is moving:
Standing in the vehicle, or sitting on the convertible top storage area or center console when the vehicle is moving is a dangerous way to ride.

During a sudden maneuver or collision you could be seriously injured or even killed.

Always keep your hands and fingers away from the fastening mechanisms when moving the convertible top: It is dangerous to place your hands or fingers near the fastening mechanisms. Your hands or fingers could be caught and injured by the mechanism.

CAUTION:
Remove leaves or other matter that may accumulate on and around the soft top. Otherwise, the water drainage outlets could become blocked, resulting in water leakage.

For detailed maintenance of the water draining outlets, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

- Before lowering or raising the convertible top, stop in a safe place off the right-of-way and park on a level surface.

- Make sure nothing is on the convertible top or near the back window when raising or lowering the convertible top.

Even small objects may interfere and cause damage.

- When lowering the convertible top, make sure objects inside the vehicle are not blown away by the wind.

- Secure all loose objects inside before driving with the convertible top down.

- To help prevent burglary or vandalism and to ensure that the passenger compartment stays dry, close the convertible top securely and lock both doors when leaving the vehicle.

- Do not drive through an automatic car wash; it may damage the convertible top.

- Do not raise or lower the convertible top when the temperature is below 5 °C (41 °F) ; this will damage the convertible top material.

- Do not lower the convertible top when it's wet. If the convertible top dries while folded, it will deteriorate and shrink.

- Lowering the convertible top while it's wet can also cause water to drip into the passenger compartment.

- Do not raise or lower the convertible top in a strong wind as it could damage the convertible top or cause an unexpected accident.

Lowering the Convertible Top

1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.

2. Fully open the left and right windows.

3. Turn off the engine.

4. Make sure there are no objects which have been placed in the area where the convertible top is to be retracted.

WARNING:
Do not place heavy or sharp objects in the convertible top storage area: Putting heavy or sharp objects in the convertible top storage area is dangerous.

During a sudden stop or collision, they can become projectiles that might hit and injure passengers.

5. Pull the top latch outward by pressing


5. Pull the top latch outward by pressing the lock release button to detach the lock. Make sure the lock is detached.

6. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold


6. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold the convertible top along the center edge and pull it toward the vehicle rear.

NOTE:
To lower the convertible top from inside the vehicle, use the convertible top's handles.


7. Continue to move the convertible top


7. Continue to move the convertible top rearward while pressing the rear glass lightly with your hand.

8. After the convertible top has been


8. After the convertible top has been folded down, press the back end of the folded down convertible top until a click sound is heard, then the front end.

Lightly rock the retracted convertible top to make sure it is securely locked.

9. Raise the windblocker if it is needed.

NOTE:
The windblocker reduces the amount of wind coming into the cabin from behind when driving with the convertible top opened.

Refer to Windblocker .

Raising the Convertible Top

1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.

2. Fully open the left and right windows.

3. Turn off the engine.

4. Pull the unlock lever outward to


4. Pull the unlock lever outward to disengage the lock.

5. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold


5. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold the convertible top along the center edge and pull it towards the vehicle front.

NOTE


NOTE
To raise the convertible top from inside the vehicle, use the convertible top's handles.

6. Sitting in a seat, grasp the convertible


6. Sitting in a seat, grasp the convertible top's handles, and press the convertible top against the windshield.

Move the top latch slowly to make sure the anchor engages with the striker, then rotate the top latch to the lock position until a click sound is heard.

CAUTION:
Driving with the convertible top not fully locked could damage the convertible top.

If the red indicator is visible on the lock release button, the convertible top is not locked. After locking the convertible top, verify that the red indicator is not visible.

NOTE


NOTE
- The convertible top may be constricted if it is left retracted for a long period.

Therefore, if the top has become constricted, it may be difficult to hook the top latch striker to the anchor.

- Make sure the convertible top is securely locked by pushing up on it. If it still sounds loose (rattles) after being locked by the top latch, have it inspected at an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

7. Connect the rear window defroster


7. Connect the rear window defroster coupler if it has been disconnected.

NOTE:
If the coupler was not plugged in the rear window defroster would not work.

Taking Care of the Top

Refer to Convertible Top Maintenance  for information on taking care of the convertible top.

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