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

Instrument Panel and Pad

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. If so equipped, unfasten the inside hood release handle.
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  5. Remove the steering wheel and the lower steering column cover.
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  7. Remove the glove box, switch panel and console.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Loosen the retaining nut to unfasten the inside hood release handle



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Fig. Fig. 2: If necessary, remove the dash mounted speaker covers to access hidden instrument panel bolts



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Fig. Fig. 3: Due to space limitations, some bolts are best removed with an open end or box wrench



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Fig. Fig. 4: Other bolts are easily removed with a socket

  1. Remove the meter (gauge) hood, heater control panel mounting screws and separate the heater controls from the instrument panel frame. Remove the combination meter.
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  3. Remove the air duct(s) and the steering shaft mounting bracket bolts. Allow the column to lower.
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  5. Disconnect and label the meter wiring. Unfasten the mounting bolts and remove the crash pad and instrument panel.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Some of the instrument panel attaching bolts are hidden behind removable trim covers or plugs. Carefully pry off the cover ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... then remove the bolts with a socket



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Fig. Fig. 7: The glove box must be removed to unfasten some of the instrument panel retaining bolts



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Fig. Fig. 8: Other retaining bolts are accessible with the meter hood and combination meter removed

To install:
  1. Position and fasten the crash pad and instrument panel, being careful to route the wiring correctly. Attach the meter wiring to its appropriate connections.
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  3. Raise the steering column to its normal operating position and install the steering shaft mounting bracket bolts. Connect the air ducts.
  4.  
  5. Install the combination meter. Install the heater controls into the instrument panel frame with the mounting screws. Attach the meter hood.
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  7. Install the console, switch panel and glove box.
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  9. Install the steering wheel column cover and steering wheel.
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  11. If applicable, attach the inside hood release handle.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
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