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Offline imullett1

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Central console removal
« on: March 10, 2011, 04:30:11 PM »
Was away this morning for a meeting with a new client and wasnt sure how long it would take me to get there... to cut a long story short i was 30 mins early for the meeting! :s so i was sitting bored n started to strip the central console just to see how easy it is and i was amazed!! within 20 mins i had the full lot out and back together! no problem!

Why did i do this? just wanted to see how easy it would be to fit my fm modulator to the back of the head unit! seem as if its goin to be a pretty easy task!

one question for you tho! If i totally disconnect the cd player does this mean i need the security code for the cd player again? it was like this in my old car and was a real pain!

Thanks in advance! :)

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 11:33:57 PM »
When i installed my bluetooth ipod connector in mines i had to disconnect my stereo for a couple of mins and when i plugged it back in i didnt have to put in a code. It was only disconnected for 3-4 mins and i hadnt disconnected the battery so it might just not have noticed the disconnection, either that or they arent coded coz when somebody trys to smash and grab a stereo they dont want to strip apart the dash so Mazda thought there was no point.
It is strangly easy to take apart the dash though lol. Just be careful with the long strip that runs along from the top of the glove box over to the right hand side of the stereo screen as they are easy to break/damage.

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 07:22:29 AM »
Cheers for the heads up! am goin to try install it today at some stage so ill post back to let u know how i got on!

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 08:42:47 AM »
Sorry removed first post as I didnt read your link correctly

I never disconnected my head unit when fitting my ipod unit
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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 09:02:59 AM »
Right am stuck. U have to connect the "iconnect" unit to the head units power supply n i hae no idea how to do this?
anyone shed some light on this?

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 09:44:09 PM »
If i remember right the stereo has one plug, known as an iso connection plug. The power supply will be one of the wires in there, google 'iso connection plug' and you should be able to work out which one is the power cable. you'l either have to connect into it or you might be able to get a special adapter plug for your iconnect.
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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011, 04:18:16 PM »
ok done some digging about on the internet and found a wiring diagram for the mazda 3. its saying that; Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Orange/Black. am guessing this is the one i've to attach my iconnect to?

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2011, 05:13:52 PM »
The stereo on my previous Mazda 6 needed a code when I changed the battery so I expect the 3 will be the same
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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2011, 06:49:49 PM »
The 3 does not need a code when the stereo is unplugged. I have had mine out for a good 10 minutes before, and it went back in, keeping all my radios presets!

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2011, 07:41:15 PM »
The 3 does not need a code when the stereo is unplugged. I have had mine out for a good 10 minutes before, and it went back in, keeping all my radios presets!

are they not blank unless you programme one?

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2011, 08:17:19 PM »
The 3 does not need a code when the stereo is unplugged. I have had mine out for a good 10 minutes before, and it went back in, keeping all my radios presets!

are they not blank unless you programme one?

What i meant to say, is that all the ones i had stored, remained, as did my stereo levels (bass/treble).

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 04:29:56 PM »
just reportin back!
Stripped central consol and fitted my fm modulator! works a treat! really really pleased with me 30 quid purchase instead of 80 for the xcarlink! :) magic

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Re: Central console removal
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, 04:29:56 PM »