The task of removing a radio from a Mazda 3 is quite easy, so take your time and follow this guide through and you will have a working iPod and iPhone car kit connection in no time. You only need basic tools and you don’t need experience. It should only take about 20 minutes to complete. Please see the steps below or alternatively watch the video.
This guide is for Mazda 3 however you may find that the proccess is similiar in other Mazda vehicles. Take your time and don’t rush the installation. Although the vehicle featured in this guide is a Mazda 3 this kit will work with Mazda 5, Mazda 6, Mazda B-Series Pickup, Mazda CX-7, Mazda CX-9, Mazda Miata, Mazda MPV, Mazda MX-5, Mazda Protege, Mazda RX-8, Mazda Tribute. Please see the compatibility chart for more details about the year models supported: http://www.cushieaudio.com.au/compatibility-chart/#mazda
What You Need to Get Started
For this installation you will need a number of things.
- 1 x Car Kit
- 1 x Trim Tool or Flathead Screwdriver
- 1 x Philips Screwdriver
Mazda 3 Radio Removal Step by Step Instruction Guide
Step 1: Open the glovebox. Use the flat screwdriver to unhook the four clips holding the silver trim in place. Remove the silver trim.
Step 2: Unscrew the 4 radio head unit screws.
Step 3: Lift the front edge of the top panel with the air-conditioning vents to pull the radio out.
Step 4: Using the flathead screwdriver unhook any connection in the external CD Changer port on the back of the Mazda 3 head unit radio. Connect the Mazda cable harness into the CD changer port.
Step 5: Plug in the Mazda interface box. Then plug in a USB key configured with music and switch on the car ignition.
Step 6: Test the radio functionality to see if the interface box has successfully been installed.
Step 7: Once you are happy with the functionality, find a place to store all the necessary audio cables eg. USB, iPod and Auxiliary cables. They can be fed through to the glove box or underneath into the center arm rest.
Step 8: If you choose to store in the center armrest, open the center armrest and pull the trim upwards where the latch closes. Work your way to the front of the trims. It’s best to have the parking brake up. For manual transmission vehicles, twist the knob counter clockwise to remove it. Once the center panel has been removed, use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws under the ashtray so that the lower center panel can be removed (the panel containing the ash tray, cigarette lighter and seat controls). The cables can then be fed behind the radio into the cavity of the lower center panel and out to the armrest.
Step 9: Reverse the installation process and put the dash back together. Well done!
Mazda 3 Radio Removal Video Instruction Guide
Check out the video below for further help with removing the radio from your Mazda 3. Note that in the video the narrator is storing the cables in the center armrest. He uses a hook screwdriver to remove the front of the trim, but to avoid damage it is best remove the trim from the latch of the center armrest.