Learn These Features to Use Your Mazda Push Button Start System

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 4:09 pm
How to Use Mazda Push Button Start

How to Use Mazda Push Button Start

Mazda’s push button start is simple and easy to use. That being said, there might be more to it than you may think. We’ll explain here how to use Mazda push button start to understand all the capabilities the system has for starting up your vehicle.

The details on the push button start system mentioned here are current for the 2016 model year, and should likely work for other model years as well. If you notice any discrepancies, however, feel free to contact us to see if there is any updated information or consult your owner’s manual.

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How to Turn on Your Mazda With Push Button Start

mazda push button start diagram and guideFirst, let’s cover the basics of how to start your vehicle. This is easy to do, but there are a few things to know. Be sure you have the key on you when doing this, or it won’t work.

  1. To start the engine: Hold down the brake pedal (or clutch pedal for manual transmission) and push the START/STOP ENGINE button.
  2. To turn off the engine: Put the vehicle in park and push the START/STOP ENGINE button.
  3. To turn on the accessories only: Press the START/STOP ENGINE button without pressing the clutch or brake.
  4. To put the ignition to the “on” position: Press the START/STOP ENGINE button twice without holding down the brake or clutch.

How to Use Push Button Start to Turn Off Your Mazda in an Emergency

Though it’s unlikely to happen, there is a way to turn the engine off quickly in case of an emergency. This is done simply in one of two ways:

  1. Push and hold the START/STOP ENGINE button
  2. Repeatedly press the START/STOP ENGINE button until the engine turns off.

Why is my Mazda push button start light red?

Another thing to take note of is the light on your push button start system. This should usually be green, but you might also see it lit up in red or yellow.

RED: Indicates that the key cannot be detected, which is common if you place the key in your cup holder.

YELLOW: Indicates there may be a problem with the engine starting system, but can also indicate the inability to activate the accessories or switch the ignition.

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Now that you know how to use Mazda push button start and its little known features, be sure to let us know if you have any questions along the way. You can find more Mazda tips on the Mazda of Lodi blog.

7 Responses to “Learn These Features to Use Your Mazda Push Button Start System”

  1. Maggie Loveland says:

    The one thing you don’t explain is how to go from the car in running mode to ACC mode without turning the motor off. I eventually found that by having the car in N and pushing the push button start key, it turns the motor off but not the ACC and then placing the lever into the P position still keeps the ACC mode active. To turn the ACC off when in that mode, I push the push button start key and it turns the motor off. To my knowledge, none of this information is in the manual.


  2. Mario Sanchez says:

    @Maggie if you double click the push to start. I think that’s what you’re looking for.

  3. Joe Schroer says:

    My 2014 mazda 6 start switch continues to blink yellow after the engine starts. It runs fine however. Also, since that has occurred the electrical system now shuts down properly instead of the common problem with the radio staying on and bring unable to lock the car. Before I had to put the car in park then drive many times before it would shut down properly

  4. Robert Walker says:

    May I ask what is the function of putting the ignition to the “on” position.

    Thank you

  5. Tara Ferguson says:

    How can you change the settings to shut off the car if the key is not with it?

  6. Joe Valenzuela says:

    That is if you’ve already parked and turned your engine off but you didn’t closed all windows. By pushing the ignition button twice while keeping your foot off the brake allows power to all windows to open or closed while the engine stays off. But make sure to push the ignition one more time without your foot on the brake to turn ignition off before leaving your car. If you accidentally left yhe ignition on and tried to lock your car to armed the alarm it will cause lots of problem involving the starting system, power locks, alarm system and many more. it is very annoying plus none of it are mentioned in the manual. So be careful, hope this helps and good luck.

  7. MARITES says:

    Those were some amazing information. Thi helps me so much to understand some useful thing.

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