Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Instrument Cluster

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



GLC and GLC Wagon With Standard Dash
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  

Place masking tape on the instrument panel pad directly below the instrument cluster to prevent damage to the pad during the procedure.

  1. Remove the meter hood by removing the screw above either dial, and pulling the hood off the dash.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wood grain center panel cover by removing the screw from the left side and unclipping the panel on the right.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the three screws located under the front edge of the crash pad, and remove the pad.
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  7. Reach behind the speedometer and disconnect the cable by pressing on the flat surface of the connector.
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  9. Remove the three screws from the instrument cluster, and pull the cluster out of the dash.
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  11. Detach the multiple connectors from the rear of the unit and remove the cluster from the vehicle.
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  13. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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GLC With Sport Dash

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Put masking tape along the panel just below where the cluster will come out to protect it.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the tripmeter knob (1), screws (2), and clips (3), then remove the meter hood (4), as referenced in the illustration.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wood grain center panel cover by unfastening the screw from the left side and unclipping the panel on the right.
  8.  
  9. Unfasten the three screws located under the front edge of the instrument panel pad, then remove the pad.
  10.  
  11. Remove the three screws from the top of the combination instrument cluster, and pull the cluster outward.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the speedometer cable by pressing on the flat surface of the plastic connector. Detach the wiring connectors and remove the cluster.
  14.  
  15. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Meter hood removal-GLC sport dash

1979-84 626

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the column cover.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the speedometer cable.
  8.  
  9. Unfasten and remove the meter hood.
  10.  
  11. Remove the meter assembly attaching screws, then detach the wire connections and remove the combination meter assembly.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten all of the upper and lower retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and remove the meter hood



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the screws retaining the meter assembly



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Fig. Fig. 5: Unfasten the electrical connectors from the rear of the meter assembly

1985 626
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Tilt the steering wheel downward.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cover from the top of the meter hood. Remove the two screws from the top of the meter assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the two attaching screws from the underside of the meter hood. Then, remove the four screws from the underside of the assembly.
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  7. Remove the four screws attaching the meter assembly to the hood. Pull the assembly out slightly, then depress the retaining clip and disconnect the plugs.
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  9. Disconnect the speedometer cable and remove the light. Pull the assembly out.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  12.  

1986-87 626
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Tilt the steering wheel downward. Disconnect the speedometer cable from the rear of the cluster by reaching up behind the cluster and unscrewing the collar.
  4.  
  5. Remove the four screws from the underside of the instrument cluster assembly where it attaches to the underside of the dash and the three screws from the underside of the hood.
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  7. Remove the two screws attaching the cluster to the hood at the top. Then, pull the assembly slightly outward and detach the wiring connectors. In order to disconnect the plugs, you must depress the retaining clips.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cluster assembly.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  12.  

1988-89 626 and MX-6
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the shift lever knob. On vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle, first remove the two attaching screws that hold the shift knob to the shaft.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear console mounting screws, then pull the console rearward to remove it.
  6.  
  7. Remove the front console mounting screws.
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  9. Pry the ornament from the steering wheel pad, then remove the steering wheel mounting nut.
  10.  
  11. Remove the horn cap. Attach a suitable puller and remove the steering wheel.
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  13. Remove the attaching screws and separate the upper and lower column covers. Unfasten the under cover attaching screws and remove the under cover. Reach behind the hood release and remove the nut and hood release knob.
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  15. Remove the meter hood attaching screws and pull the meter hood out until the electrical connectors are visible and accessible. Disconnect the speedometer cable at the speedometer. Detach all the connectors from the rear of the meter hood and remove it.
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  17. Remove the attaching screws and pull the meter assembly outward. Detach the speedometer cable and meter connectors, then remove the meter assembly.
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To install:
  1. Rest the meter assembly on top of the combination switch and connect the wiring to the rear of the unit. Fasten the speedometer cable to the speedometer cable connection.
  2.  
  3. Gently push the meter into the dash and secure with the attaching screws.
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  5. Attach the meter hood electrical connectors and push the meter hood into place. Fasten the meter hood with the attaching screws.
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  7. Install the hood release knob and the under cover.
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  9. Assemble the upper and lower column cover with the attaching screws.
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  11. Install the steering wheel, cap, mounting nut and ornament.
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  13. Install the front console retaining screws. Push the rear console into place and secure with the attaching screws.
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  15. Install the shift lever knob.
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  17. Connect the negative battery cable and check all the meter functions for proper operation.
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1986-87 323

See Figure 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the three screws from under the top edge of the instrument hood.
  4.  
  5. Pull the hood out for access, unplug the electrical connectors to the cluster switches on either side, and remove it.
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  7. Unfasten the screw located near the bottom of the cluster on either side. Remove the cluster from the dash, unplugging the connectors when you can reach them.
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To install:
  1. Rest the cluster on the dash and plug in all the connectors. Push the cluster into the dash and install the side attaching screws.
  2.  
  3. Plug in the meter hood connectors and install the meter hood into the dash. Install the top instrument hood retaining screws.
  4.  
  5. Connect the negative battery cable. Check the meter functions for proper operation.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Instrument cluster removal-1986-87 323

1988-89 323
  1. Remove the steering wheel, upper and lower column covers and the combination switch assembly.
  2.  
  3. Unfasten the attaching screws and remove the meter hood.
  4.  
  5. Remove the meter attaching screws and pull the meter out until the electrical connectors are visible. Disconnect the speedometer cable at the speedometer. Detach all the connectors from the rear of the meter and remove it.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Rest the meter on the dash and plug all the electrical connectors into the rear of the unit. Connect the speedometer cable to the speedometer. Push the meter into the dash and install the attaching screws.
  2.  
  3. Install the meter hood.
  4.  
  5. Install the combination switch, upper and lower steering wheel column covers and steering wheel.
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  7. Check the meter functions for proper operation.
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929 Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the speedometer cable at the transmission.
  4.  
  5. Remove the ashtray and detach the cigarette lighter connector.
  6.  
  7. Gently pry the horn cap loose, then remove the steering wheel nut and the horn pad. Remove the steering wheel using a suitable steering wheel puller. DO NOT strike the steering wheel with a hammer, as its collapsibility might be severely impaired.
  8.  
  9. Remove the steering wheel upper and lower cover assemblies.
  10.  
  11. Unscrew and pull the switch panel out and away from the dash. Detach the electrical connectors and remove the switch panel.
  12.  
  13. Remove the meter hood attaching screws and pull the meter hood out until the electrical connectors are visible. Disconnect the speedometer cable at the speedometer. Detach all the connectors from the rear of the meter cluster and remove it.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Rest the meter assembly on the dash and connect the speedometer cable to the speedometer. Plug in all the electrical connections to the rear of the meter assembly. Gently push the meter into the dash opening and install the attaching screws.
  2.  
  3. Plug in the switch panel connectors and push the panel into the dash. Install the attaching screws.
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  5. Assemble the upper and lower steering wheel covers and install the attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Install the steering wheel, horn pad, steering wheel nut and horn cap.
  8.  
  9. Attach the cigarette lighter connector and install the ashtray.
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  11. Connect the speedometer cable to the transmission.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable and check all the meter functions for proper operation.
  14.  

1979-85 RX-7

See Figure 7

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Unscrew the speedometer cable from the back of the instrument cluster.
  4.  
  5. Pull off the steering wheel center cap.
  6.  
  7. Remove the steering wheel as described in Suspension & Steering of this repair guide.
  8.  
  9. On 1979-83 models, pull the light switch knob off the shaft.
  10.  
  11. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers. On 1984-85 models, remove the combination switch and detach the cluster switches (left side: hazard and headlight retractor switches; right side: rear wiper, rear washer and rear defroster switches) from the sides of the cluster. The switches are retained by screws.
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  13. On 1979-83 models, remove the instrument cluster cover by unfastening the two upper screws. On 1984-85 models, gently pry the meter hood from the face of the clu