Mazda B-Series 1998-06

Instrument Panel, Pad, and Dashboard

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    NOTE
    On some vehicles, when the battery cable is disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal drive symptoms may occur while the vehicle relearns its adaptive strategy. The vehicle may need to be driven to relearn its strategy.


    CAUTION
    After disconnecting the negative battery cable, wait for 1 minute for the SRS module to deplete its energy.

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  5. Remove the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:
    1. Remove the parking brake release handle screws and move the release handle aside.
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    3. Disconnect the Brake Pedal Position (BPP) switch electrical connector.
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    5. Remove both front door scuff plates.
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    7. Remove the push pins and remove both cowl side trim panels.
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    9. At the right side cowl panel, disconnect the electrical connectors and ground wires.
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    11. Remove both sides windshield garnish moldings.
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    13. Remove the instrument panel fuse door.
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    15. Disconnect the power distribution box from its bracket and move it aside.
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    17. In the engine compartment, loosen the bulkhead wiring harness bolts and disconnect the electrical connectors.
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    19. Pull the bulkhead electrical connector handle and disconnect the wiring harness.
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    21. Remove the passenger-s side air bag module-to-instrument panel screws, disconnect the electrical connector and remove the air bag module.
      WARNING
      Store the air bag module in a safe location with the front facing upward.

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    23. Disconnect the blend door actuator-s electrical connector.
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    25. Disconnect the climate control vacuum harness connector.
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    27. Disconnect the radio-s antenna connector.
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    29. Remove the glove compartment.
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    31. Remove the instrument panel defroster grille.
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    33. Remove the upper instrument panel bolts.
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    35. Under the steering column, remove the instrument panel brace bolt.
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    37. Remove both the right and left instrument panel-to-cowl bolts.
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    39. Pull the instrument panel away from the dash.
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    41. Loosen the instrument panel-to-body harness bolt and disconnect the harness.
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    43. Using an assistant, remove the instrument panel.
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To install:

  1. Install the instrument panel by performing the following procedure:
    1. Using an assistant, install the instrument panel.
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    3. Connect the harness and tighten the instrument panel-to-body harness bolt.
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    5. Push the instrument panel toward the dash.
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    7. Install both the right and left instrument panel-to-cowl bolts.
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    9. Under the steering column, install the instrument panel brace bolt.
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    11. Install the upper instrument panel bolts.
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    13. Install the instrument panel defroster grille.
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    15. Install the glove compartment.
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    17. Connect the radio-s antenna connector.
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    19. Connect the climate control vacuum harness connector.
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    21. Connect the blend door actuator-s electrical connector.
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    23. Install the passenger-s side air bag module, connect the electrical connector and torque the air bag module-to-instrument panel screws to 67-92 inch lbs. (7.6-10.4 Nm).
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    25. Connect the bulkhead electrical connector handle wiring harness.
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    27. In the engine compartment, connect the electrical connectors and tighten the bulkhead wiring harness bolts.
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    29. Connect the power distribution box to its bracket.
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    31. Install the instrument panel fuse door.
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    33. Install both sides windshield garnish moldings.
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    35. At the right side cowl panel, connect the electrical connectors and ground wires.
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    37. Install both cowl side trim panels and the push pins.
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    39. Install both front door scuff plates.
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    41. Connect the brake pedal position (BPP) switch electrical connector.
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    43. Install the parking brake release handle and the release handle aside screws.
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  3. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Navajo And B Series Pick-Up Models


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Fig. Exploded view of the 1994 instrument panel assembly



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Fig. Exploded view of the 1995-98 instrument panel assembly


CAUTION
Some models covered by this manual may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Section 6.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disconnect the instrument panel wiring connectors in the engine compartment.
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  5. Remove the 2 screws retaining the lower steering column cover and remove the cover.
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  7. Remove the ashtray and retainer.
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  9. Remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds.
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  11. Remove the instrument cluster finish panel. Remove the radio assembly and equalizer, if equipped.
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  13. Remove the screws retaining the instrument cluster. Remove the cluster, making sure to disconnect the electrical leads.
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  15. Remove the screw that attaches the instrument panel to the brake and clutch pedal support.
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  17. Disconnect the wiring from the switches on the steering column.
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  19. Remove the front inside pillar mouldings.
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  21. Remove the right side cowl trim cover.
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  23. Remove the lower right insulator from under the instrument panel.
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  25. Remove the 2 bolts retaining the instrument panel to the lower right side of the cowl.
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  27. Remove the 2 screw retaining the instrument panel to the parking brake bracket, on the drivers side.
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  29. Remove the 4 screw retaining the top of the instrument panel.
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  31. Reach through the openings in the instrument panel and disconnect any remaining electrical connectors. Disconnect the heater/air conditioning controls.
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Removing the instrument panel will be much easier with the help of an assistant, as it is extremely bulky and difficult to maneuver.

  1. Carefully tilt the instrument panel forward and remove it from the vehicle. Work the instrument panel around the steering wheel.
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To install:

  1. If the instrument panel is being replaced, transfer all mounting brackets and switches to the new panel.
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  3. Position the instrument panel inside the vehicle and install the 4 screw that retain it along the top.
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  5. Install the retaining screws on the left and right sides. Make sure the instrument panel is properly mounted.
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Making sure the instrument panel is positioned correctly at this point, will avoid problems with fit and rattles, after its installed. Also check for pinched or cut wires.

  1. Install the mouldings and the trim panels.
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  3. Connect the heater/air conditioning controls and all of the instrument panel switches.
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  5. Connect the wiring to the steering column switches.
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  7. Install the instrument cluster, radio and ashtray assemblies.
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  9. Install the instrument cluster finish panel.
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  11. Install the steering column shrouds.
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  13. Reconnect all wiring connectors in the engine compartment.
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  17. Check the operation of ALL accessories.
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