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Mazda CX-5 Owners Manual: Windshield Wipers and Washer

Mazda CX-5 Owners Manual / When Driving / Switches and Controls / Windshield Wipers and Washer

The ignition must be switched ON.


Use only windshield washer fluid or plain water in the reservoir:

Using radiator antifreeze as washer fluid is dangerous. If sprayed on the windshield, it will dirty the windshield, affect your visibility, and could result in an accident.

Only use windshield washer fluid mixed with anti-freeze protection in freezing weather conditions:

Using windshield washer fluid without anti-freeze protection in freezing weather conditions is dangerous as it could freeze on the windshield and block your vision which could cause an accident.

In addition, make sure the windshield is sufficiently warmed using the defroster before spraying the washer fluid.


Because heavy ice and snow can jam the wiper blades, the wiper motor is protected from motor breakdown, overheating and possible fire by a circuit breaker. This mechanism will automatically stop operation of the blades, but only for about 5 minutes.

If this happens, turn off the wiper switch and park off the right-of-way, and remove the snow and ice.

After 5 minutes, turn on the switch and the blades should operate normally. If they do not resume functioning, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer as soon as possible. Drive to the side of the road and park off the right-ofway.

Wait until the weather clears before trying to drive with the wipers inoperative.


Turn the wipers on by pressing the lever up or down.

With intermittent wiper

With auto-wiper control

Variable-speed intermittent wipers

Set the lever to the intermittent position and choose the interval timing by rotating the ring.

Auto-wiper control

When the wiper lever is in the position, the rain sensor senses the amount of rainfall on the windshield and turns the wipers on or off automatically (off―intermittent―low speed―high speed).

The sensitivity of the rain sensor can be adjusted by turning the switch on the wiper lever.

From the center position (normal), rotate the switch downward for higher sensitivity (faster response) or rotate it upward for less sensitivity (slower response).


Do not shade the rain sensor by adhering a sticker or a label on the windshield. Otherwise the rain sensor will not operate correctly.

When the wiper lever is in the AUTO position and the ignition is switched ON, the wipers may move automatically in the following cases:

If the windshield above the rain sensor is touched or wiped with a cloth.

If the windshield is struck with a hand or other object from either outside or inside the vehicle.

Keep hands and scrapers clear of the windshield when the wiper lever is in the AUTO position and the ignition is switched ON as fingers could be pinched or the wipers and wiper blades damaged when the wipers activate automatically.

If you are going to clean the windshield, be sure the wipers are turned off completely―this is particularly important when clearing ice and snow―when it is most likely that the engine is left running.


Switching the auto-wiper lever from the to the
position while driving activates the
windshield wipers once, after which they operate according to the rainfall amount.

The auto-wiper control may not operate when the rain sensor temperature is about _10 °C (14 °F) or lower, or about 85 °C (185 °F) or higher.

If the windshield is coated with water repellent, the rain sensor may not be able to sense the amount of rainfall correctly and auto-wiper control may not operate properly.

If dirt or foreign matter (Such as ice or matter containing salt water) adheres to the windshield above the rain sensor or if the windshield is iced, it could cause the wipers to move automatically. However, if the wipers cannot remove this ice, dirt or foreign matter, the auto-wiper control will stop operation. In this case, set the wiper lever to the low speed position or high speed position for manual operation, or remove the ice, dirt or foreign matter by hand to restore the auto-wiper operation.

If the auto-wiper lever is left in the position, the wipers could operate
automatically from the effect of strong light sources, electromagnetic waves, or infrared light because the rain sensor uses an optical sensor. It is recommended that the auto-wiper lever be switched to the position other than when driving the
vehicle under rainy conditions.

The auto-wiper control functions can be turned off.

Refer to Personalization Features on .

Windshield Washer

Pull the lever toward you and hold it to spray washer fluid.


With the wiper lever in the or
intermittent position/position, the
wipers will operate continuously until the lever is released.

If the washer does not work, inspect the fluid level . If it's normal, consult an Authorized Mazda Dealer.

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