Mazda RX-8 2004-06

Removal & Installation

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the lower panel, as follows:
    1. Pull the upper part of the lower panel, and detach clips A.
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    3. Detach clips B from the dashboard and remove the lower panel

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      Fig. Location of the lower panel clips (A and B)

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  5. Remove the console, as follows:
    1. Detach clips A and remove the upper panel.
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    3. Disassemble the console in the order shown in the accompanying illustration. Note: Remove the ashtray panel using a suitable prytool, or flathead screwdriver wrapped with protective tape.

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      Fig. Console removal and installation-Screw A (1), ashtray panel (2), cigarette lighter connector (3), ashtray bulb (4), storage compartment (5), hole cover (6), screw B (7), rear console (8), screw C (9), front console (10), screw D (11), and undercover (12)

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  7. Remove the center panel module, as follows:
    1. Remove the center ventilator grille.
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    3. Remove the screw and bolt.
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    5. Pull the center panel module outward, detach clip A from the dashboard, and then remove the center panel module.

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      Fig. Pull the center panel module outward, detach clip A from the dashboard, and then remove the center panel module

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    7. Carefully place your hand through the opening where the ventilator grille was removed and disconnect the connectors.
      CAUTION
      When putting your hand through the opening, be careful not to contact the panel edge or sharp parts to avoid injury.



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      Fig. Exploded view of the center panel module-screw (1), bolt (2), center panel module (3), connector (4) and antenna feeder (5)

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  9. Remove the climate control unit from the center panel module.

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    Fig. Remove the climate control unit from the center panel module

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  11. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
    WARNING
    When installing the center panel module, make sure that the wiring harness and antenna feeder are not caught between the unit and dashboard. If the wiring harness or the antenna feeder is caught between the unit and dashboard, it may cause malfunctions.

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