Starting the Engine

Before Starting the Engine

1) Make sure the parking brake is set fully.

2) Manual Transaxle – Shift into “N” (Neutral) and depress the clutch pedal all the way to the floor.

Hold the clutch pedal while starting the engine.

Automatic Transaxle – If the gearshift lever is not in “P” (Park) position, shift into “P”. (If you need to re-start the engine while the vehicle is moving, shift into “N”.)

The engine of manual transaxle vehicle will not start unless the clutch pedal is depressed.

Automatic transaxle vehicles have a starter interlock device which is designed to keep the starter from operating if the transaxle is in any of the drive positions.

Make sure that the parking brake is set fully and the transaxle is in Neutral (or Park for vehicles with an automatic transaxle) before attempting to start the engine.

Starting a Cold Engine

With your foot off the accelerator pedal, crank the engine by turning the ignition key to “START”. Release the key when the engine starts.

• Stop turning the starter immediately after the engine has started or the starter system can be damaged.

• Do not crank the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. If the engine doesn’t start on the first try, wait about 15 seconds before trying again.

If the engine does not start after 15 seconds of cranking, wait about 15 seconds, then press down the accelerator pedal to 1/3 of its travel and try cranking the engine again. Release the key and accelerator pedal when the engine starts.

If the engine still does not start, try holding the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor while cranking. This should clear the engine if it is flooded.

If you are unable to start the engine using this procedure, consult your SUZUKI dealer.

Starting a Warm Engine

Use the same procedure as for “Starting a Cold Engine”.

Vehicle With Keyless Start System
Vehicle With Keyless Start System

The ignition switch can be operated without using an ignition key when the remote controller is in an area of the vehicle other than the rear luggage area. To turn the ignition switch, first push in the switch.

You must push in the ignition switch to turn it from the “LOCK” position to the “ACC” position. To return to the “LOCK” position from the “ACC” position, turn the ignition switch counterclockwise while pushing in the switch.

If the keyless start system blue indicator

If the keyless start system blue indicator light illuminates on the instrument cluster, you can turn the ignition switch. If the red indicator light illuminates, you can not turn the ignition switch.

• The ignition switch can be turned to the “ACC” position when the keyless start system blue indicator light illuminates.

The blue indicator light will illuminate for several seconds when you push in the ignition switch and then will turn off to protect the system. In this case, you must release the ignition switch and push it again to illuminate the blue indicator light.

• If the keyless start system red indicator light illuminates, the remote controller may not be in the vehicle or the battery of the remote controller may be unreliable.

• If the battery of the remote controller runs down or there are strong radio waves or noise, the operating range may be narrower or the remote controller may be inoperative.

• If the remote controller is too close to the door glass, it may not operate.

• The ignition switch may not turn when the remote controller is on the instrument panel, in the glove box, in the door pocket, in the sun visor or on the floor.

The remote controller is a sensitive electronic instrument. To avoid damaging it, do not expose it to impacts, moisture or high temperature (such as on the dashboard under direct sunlight).

You can also turn the ignition switch by inserting the ignition key into the slot.

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