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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 07:54 PM
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I've got an old 2014 Mazda 6


This almost hurts my feelings...
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post #42 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 11:27 AM
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I did this replacement yesterday. Without a factory service manual, it would be almost impossible. Most of the links I found on the forum were dead; Mazda enjoys the $19.95 daily fee to use the online version and sends their lawyers out to shut down free versions. Even with it (search long enough and you'll find one), it's a bear to do the job the first time.

I could do another one pretty quickly, but this is a tough job. Most of my time was spent before finding the manual online. Replacing the switch is incredibly simple once the console is off. The place to be careful is the park lock override -- there is a small white rotating lever with a separate small spring. Look carefully before you remove it and replace it exactly as you found it. Test it before you reassemble. When the button is pressed, you should be able to shift out of park with the car off. With the lever up, you should not be able to shift out of park.

One of the benefits of doing this myself was the opportunity to clean all the trim pieces in the console and around the shifter. After 6 years (mine's a July 2012 build) there is quite a bit of food particles and spilled drink goo even if one is fairly careful. It looks new again now.

Quick step-by-step:
  • Disconnect battery negative terminal. I actually didn't, but do that at your own risk. I really hate programming radio buttons....
  • Unsnap and unzip the cover around the e-brake lever.
  • Beginning at the seam of the console storage box, pry up gently on the back of the top cover (which has the cup holders in it). There are two built-in pry points here to get you started. Open the length of the cover evenly and you can avoid breaking clips and then lift it off upwards. Once loose, unplug the Commander module connector.
  • In the back seat, gently pry off the back cap of the console (it has a HVAC vent on it). Pry bottom first and keep it as upright as possible (don't pry too much on the bottom first -- keep it even).
  • Open the console and remove the panel with the USB and Power plugs on it, and unplug the connectors.
  • Still in the console box, remove the bottom tray felt. Remove two screws there.
  • There is a plastic clip in here somewhere, attached to the floor of the hump. I don't think it was in the manual, but it has to come out. Also a couple of the wiring harness attachment points have to be removed.
  • Slide the back console piece back to disengage it from the front. It does not need to come out; just slide back.
  • Now remove the shift knob (on AT models this unscrews, I'm unsure how on MT). Pry up the decorative trim around the shift lever and remove (start at the back and move forward). Again, separate evenly to avoid breaking clips. Then remove the tray under the central part of the dash by prying up and then out.
  • Remove the panel that has the 12V outlet by pulling towards you. You should be able to slide it clear of the lower forward console box.
  • Remove the front lower console by pulling a plastic clip at the rear of each side, then prying the ends out. The whole assembly then slides rearward and you can wiggle it over the e-brake and out of the way. It's a bulky piece and a little awkward, but it's flexible.
  • Finally, follow the directions here: Again, be careful with the remote Park lock lever with a separate tiny spring on it.
  • Reassembly is reverse of removal. Plug in all the connectors as you go.
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Add me to the list of people with this issue, 2014 as well, just received my parking switch I bought from Mazdaswag, going to install this tomorrow or next weekend.

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