Use This Guide to Start Your CX-3’s Flooded Engine

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Friday, July 8th, 2016 at 9:40 pm
How to Start a Mazda With a Flooded Engine

How to Start a Mazda With a Flooded Engine

If you’re having difficult starting your Mazda’s engine, there’s a possibility that the engine could be flooded.  A flooded engine means that there is excessive fuel in the engine, and although it may seem like a major problem, there are some steps you can take to try to get the vehicle started. We’ll walk you through it.

Before we explain how you should attempt to start a flooded engine, there are a few things you should know. First of all, the steps mentioned here are specifically for the 2016 Mazda CX-3. Although they will likely work for other Mazda models, be sure to consult your owner’s manual to find the steps specifically for your model before attempting to start a flooded engine.

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Starting a Flooded Engine in the 2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 mazda cx-3 engine compartment diagramIt’s also important to note that you should not attempt to start the engine non-stop. On the first attempt to start the engine, it should start up within five seconds. If it does not, wait at least ten seconds before trying again.

  1. Apply the parking brake.
  2. Fully depress the accelerator. Make sure it is depressed all the way.
  3. While keeping the accelerator fully depressed, also depress the brake pedal.
  4. With both pedals depressed, press the push-button start. If the engine starts, you must immediately release the accelerator pedal so that the engine doesn’t rev. If the engine still does not start, try to crank it without pushing down the accelerator.

Although you may be tempted to continue attempting to start the engine, if the above steps are not working, you should contact your nearby Mazda dealer. You can also contact us for assistance or with your questions.

Knowing how to start a Mazda with a flooded engine may not be a definite fix, but the steps above might help get you out of a tough spot. Be sure to check back to the Mazda of Lodi blog for more automotive tips.