Removing the dashboard from a Mazda 6 is a laborious process. The dashboard has three main parts: the central section, which houses the radio and climate control unit; the left section, which houses the instrument cluster and steering wheel; and the right section, which houses the glove compartment. The general idea in removing the dashboard is to remove any retainer screws and then remove that part of the dashboard trim. Although removing the Mazda 6's dashboard may be a slow process, it is straightforward.
Open the Mazda 6's bonnet and remove the negative battery terminal with a socket wrench.
Unscrew the shifter knob by rotating it counterclockwise. Squeeze the tiny latching bars on the top and bottom of the cup holder console and lift it upward to remove it. Once the cup holder console is removed, you can press the two ashtray panel tabs inward to remove that as well.
Remove the two wiring harnesses running from the centre section of the dashboard to where the shifter knob is. Simply pull them away to disconnect them.
Remove the four screws on the centre section of the dashboard with a Phillips head screwdriver. Pull the section off to reveal the radio and climate control unit.
Remove the two screws securing the radio and the two screws securing the climate control unit. Slightly pull both devices out and disconnect the wiring harnesses at their rear. Pull the radio and climate control unit out of the Mazda 6.
Remove the four bolts securing the dashboard in place with a socket wrench. They are located around the instrument cluster.
Lower the steering wheel to its bottom position.
Remove the screw on the left side of the steering wheel and the screw on the right side of the steering wheel using a Phillips head screwdriver. Use a slotted screwdriver to pop out those sections of the dash panel.
Pull the right dashboard section out of the Mazda 6. You may have to remove a few clips with a slotted screwdriver if you have an older model Mazda 6.
Open the glove compartment and remove the two bolts securing it to the dashboard with a socket wrench.
Pull the glove compartment out of the vehicle.
Remove the two screws on the upper dashboard and the two screws on the lower dashboard with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Pull the left dashboard section out of the Mazda 6. You may have to remove a few clips with a slotted screwdriver if you have an older model of Mazda 6.
Remember to reconnect the battery when reassembling the dashboard.