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Hello,

McDonalds graciously sold me a cup of iced coffee this morning with a crack in the side of the cup. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the cup drained 1/2 of the coffee into the cupholder area until I got to work. Most of it seemed to be contained but I think some leaked down through the sprung cup support holes around the sides of the cup holder.

I can not believe my luck with this car.

My wonderful smelling car now smells like coffee :/

Anyone know how to get this part out? I thought it would be similar to the 3's but that doesn't seem to be the case because the padded leather arm rest part goes all the way from back to front on the console (the 3's have a break in the armrest before the shifter area). There seems to be a space all the way around the perimeter of the cupholder part which makes me think it should come out of the console seperately.

Upon looking, it looks like it should lift out but it is in there good...I took the screw out in the bottom of one of the cupholders...I've noticed one of the parts is separate and I am assuming there could be a screw or two under there (see edited pic)..but not sure.

Anyone have any information?

I don't want to break anything, especially knowing my luck, so I thought I would see what the knowledge base is out there.

Thanks,
 

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Well, this is America. Get Lawyer and Sue!!!!

As sarcastic as I was trying to be there are probably people that would.

Aaaaannyway. Sorry to hear this. I haven't really paid much attention to them (cup holders) and the car isn't here right now to go out and see what I could come up with to help. I'll give it a go in the morning if you're looking for help.
 

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Well, this is America. Get Lawyer and Sue!!!!

As sarcastic as I was trying to be there are probably people that would.

Aaaaannyway. Sorry to hear this. I haven't really paid much attention to them (cup holders) and the car isn't here right now to go out and see what I could come up with to help. I'll give it a go in the morning if you're looking for help.
Looking for any help I can get. I am gonna have a look at it again today to see what's what. I am just not a fan of going into this blind and not knowing where the hidden screws are, etc...
 

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I did a quick search and found this, the center console on the 17 Mazda 3 looks to be nearly identical in the way it is designed as our 18 Mazda 6 consoles, might be able to use the image below as your guide. The main difference is the leather stitched panels on each side, I'm thinking you'd have to unclip them all the way to the center console. Hope it helps!

 

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I did a quick search and found this, the center console on the 17 Mazda 3 looks to be nearly identical in the way it is designed as our 18 Mazda 6 consoles, might be able to use the image below as your guide. The main difference is the leather stitched panels on each side, I'm thinking you'd have to unclip them all the way to the center console. Hope it helps!

You're correct that they appear to be alike. I took another look at it this morning and attempted to remove the leather panels along the top of the console...I don't think you are meant to be able to remove them first, I think they come off when the entire console is removed.

I am going to abandon this for the time being because I know something is going to end up broken which would be worse than the coffee that is down there and most likely dried at this point.

Going at this blind ends up with broken plastic parts, which I don't want.

Again, thanks for your help.
 

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I couldn't see how to get under the holders. The dealer is closed todaybut will send me the schematic Monday if they have it.
That would be awesome.:bowdown:
I was doing some more digging today. Pretty sure the coffee ran down the hump of the floor as there is a smell coming from floor, as well. I really didn't think that much leaked down. I guess coffee is pretty pungent, though.
 

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Dealer hooked me up with a schematic. Good for future reference.
 

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Dealer hooked me up with a schematic. Good for future reference.
Was just coming on to post this as the parts guy finally sent it to me.

Unfortunately it doesn't come with instructions... have you had a chance to try and remove it yet as it seems the best way is to remove the entire assembly by removing the side panels first. Guessing that will give you the best access as well. If I we can get a cool morning (flippin HOT here right now) I was going to see how easy it might be to take apart. Seems like something that shouldn't be too complicated as I'm sure you're not the first or last to have something spill. Shouldn't be something difficult to access. Might even place a sheet of saran wrap down underneath so it doesn't soak in should (when) it ever happen.
 

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Was just coming on to post this as the parts guy finally sent it to me.

Unfortunately it doesn't come with instructions... have you had a chance to try and remove it yet as it seems the best way is to remove the entire assembly by removing the side panels first. Guessing that will give you the best access as well. If I we can get a cool morning (flippin HOT here right now) I was going to see how easy it might be to take apart. Seems like something that shouldn't be too complicated as I'm sure you're not the first or last to have something spill. Shouldn't be something difficult to access. Might even place a sheet of saran wrap down underneath so it doesn't soak in should (when) it ever happen.

Did you get the exact same instructions from your guy?

I am going to have a look at it tonight. There are a few kick panels that so far seem to snap in/out (tried one quickly out in the parking lot at work)...and those need to come off first before I can access the front screws for the arm rests. I am scared to death I am going to break a clip or something on these panels as I don't have any info. on them. I've asked the dealer for more information about those ones.

I noticed this morning that the coffee smell is almost gone. I gave the carpets around the base of the console a scrubbing last night and there was some seepage down there because the white rag had some coffee brown in it when I was done.


Your idea of putting something under the cup holder is a great idea. I will be doing that for sure!
 

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Did you get the exact same instructions from your guy?

I am going to have a look at it tonight. There are a few kick panels that so far seem to snap in/out (tried one quickly out in the parking lot at work)...and those need to come off first before I can access the front screws for the arm rests. I am scared to death I am going to break a clip or something on these panels as I don't have any info. on them. I've asked the dealer for more information about those ones.

I noticed this morning that the coffee smell is almost gone. I gave the carpets around the base of the console a scrubbing last night and there was some seepage down there because the white rag had some coffee brown in it when I was done.


Your idea of putting something under the cup holder is a great idea. I will be doing that for sure!
My man! Your luck with this car is pure rotten! I'd have quite possibly had a meltdown if McDs did that to me. At the end of the day, you're taking in stride though. My hats off to you, as well as my sympathies having had a similar experience with a Chevy years ago. A big hug for you for sure. Keep it going!

And I've had many interior components apart in my 2016 3. The clips are pretty hearty and I never broke one. They go back together quite well too in my experience. That said, I can understand your anxiety in taking your brand new car apart. It's gonna start to lose that mental new car feel before too long here, if not already. Hang in there mate!
 

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My man! Your luck with this car is pure rotten! I'd have quite possibly had a meltdown if McDs did that to me. At the end of the day, you're taking in stride though. My hats off to you, as well as my sympathies having had a similar experience with a Chevy years ago. A big hug for you for sure. Keep it going!

And I've had many interior components apart in my 2016 3. The clips are pretty hearty and I never broke one. They go back together quite well too in my experience. That said, I can understand your anxiety in taking your brand new car apart. It's gonna start to lose that mental new car feel before too long here, if not already. Hang in there mate!
I had time to look at this tonight. More information is definitely needed (ie instructions).

Things were going smoothly, I got the leather knee kick panel off (easy, just pops off), 2 screws for leather arm rest, arm rest off (more on that later) and then I felt like I needed to be able to get up underneath the cup holder to remove it as there are a bunch of screws (3 on each side), which, looking at the schematic does seem to be the case. DON'T remove the leather arm rest without taking the screws out from underneath it like the Upper Panel Disassembly figure shows. It's all one part (64-47XZ). It comes apart but I don't think it's supposed to. :/ So don't do what I just explained.

I believe you have to take the side panel off of the centre console before you remove the leather arm rest part...The arm rest has a plastic bracket/reinforcement inside it that, I think, is supposed to come out WITH it. It is screwed into the console with screw heads pointed up, so you can't get to them with the side panel on.

Any info. I have found online has been of an older Mazda6 which has a screw in the side panel, mine does not. There is a pop rivet near the middle that comes out easily and then you can pull the part of the panel off as it is clipped in but it seems to be snugly secured about 1/2 way back, and that is where I stopped. I felt myself getting close to breaking something so I threw the towel in.

I suspect the back of the console pops off, there may be screws behind that and then the whole side panel slides towards the front of the car and off the console.

Chazzy, are you able to get a schematic to remove the side and rear covers of the centre console from the dealer?

All the clips are indeed tough, so none broke. Everything went back together as it should.

The frustrating part is I feel like if the side panels are off the centre console, you can probably clean under the cupholder...D'oh!

That's it for me tonight.
 

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I had time to look at this tonight. More information is definitely needed (ie instructions).

Things were going smoothly, I got the leather knee kick panel off (easy, just pops off), 2 screws for leather arm rest, arm rest off (more on that later) and then I felt like I needed to be able to get up underneath the cup holder to remove it as there are a bunch of screws (3 on each side), which, looking at the schematic does seem to be the case. DON'T remove the leather arm rest without taking the screws out from underneath it like the Upper Panel Disassembly figure shows. It's all one part (64-47XZ). It comes apart but I don't think it's supposed to. :/ So don't do what I just explained.

I believe you have to take the side panel off of the centre console before you remove the leather arm rest part...The arm rest has a plastic bracket/reinforcement inside it that, I think, is supposed to come out WITH it. It is screwed into the console with screw heads pointed up, so you can't get to them with the side panel on.

Any info. I have found online has been of an older Mazda6 which has a screw in the side panel, mine does not. There is a pop rivet near the middle that comes out easily and then you can pull the part of the panel off as it is clipped in but it seems to be snugly secured about 1/2 way back, and that is where I stopped. I felt myself getting close to breaking something so I threw the towel in.

I suspect the back of the console pops off, there may be screws behind that and then the whole side panel slides towards the front of the car and off the console.

Chazzy, are you able to get a schematic to remove the side and rear covers of the centre console from the dealer?

All the clips are indeed tough, so none broke. Everything went back together as it should.

The frustrating part is I feel like if the side panels are off the centre console, you can probably clean under the cupholder...D'oh!

That's it for me tonight.
Looking at this again (I know, I am obsessive).

I think the screw in the bottom of the cupholder comes out, two screws for each front of the leather arm rests and then it should pull straight up and out. So the entire assembly that is shown as grey in the schematic ALL comes out. I am pretty sure I went in way too deep trying to remove it and it just doesn't make sense to have to do that when the previous designs weren't like that.

The coffee smell is 90% gone now so I just don't think there is enough gain to outweigh the risks with me digging around.

I saw a post where someone was putting LEDs in their cupholders and the similarities between the cupholder assemblies was just too much to ignore, hence why I am rethinking the approach.


Having said that there is a sideways clip about where the front of the previous generation cup holder used to stop...I am now wondering if that is where you pop it out, but to do that you must remove the leather arm rest first. There are numerous plastic supports under the leather arm rest which seem to break really really easily.


I've attached a pic of the back of the leather arm rest. Blue things are the clips, red are these strange horizontal supports which look like there were glued into the plastic on the console. I am not really sure what went on with those when it was removed. Green areas are vertical supports for your elbow...be VERY VERY careful when pulling this part out, as the plastic supports in the console are brittle plastic. There is a slight lip which you may need to pull up a bit to clear the plastic support fins that they cover on the console. Of course, you can see the two parts that the main screws go into on the left.


Hopefully this helps someone in the same boat as me.
 

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Looking at this again (I know, I am obsessive).

I think the screw in the bottom of the cupholder comes out, two screws for each front of the leather arm rests and then it should pull straight up and out. So the entire assembly that is shown as grey in the schematic ALL comes out. I am pretty sure I went in way too deep trying to remove it and it just doesn't make sense to have to do that when the previous designs weren't like that.

The coffee smell is 90% gone now so I just don't think there is enough gain to outweigh the risks with me digging around.

I saw a post where someone was putting LEDs in their cupholders and the similarities between the cupholder assemblies was just too much to ignore, hence why I am rethinking the approach.


Having said that there is a sideways clip about where the front of the previous generation cup holder used to stop...I am now wondering if that is where you pop it out, but to do that you must remove the leather arm rest first. There are numerous plastic supports under the leather arm rest which seem to break really really easily.


I've attached a pic of the back of the leather arm rest. Blue things are the clips, red are these strange horizontal supports which look like there were glued into the plastic on the console. I am not really sure what went on with those when it was removed. Green areas are vertical supports for your elbow...be VERY VERY careful when pulling this part out, as the plastic supports in the console are brittle plastic. There is a slight lip which you may need to pull up a bit to clear the plastic support fins that they cover on the console. Of course, you can see the two parts that the main screws go into on the left.


Hopefully this helps someone in the same boat as me.
Very helpful. I'm sure as that's a major source of armrest, it's helpful to know how to replace it as the padding breaks down and the leather ultimately wears over time. Looks like it's easy enough to pop off and replace when the timing comes. Thanks for sharing mate.
 

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Hello @GTEyes

Did you manage to remove the rear console?

I am trying to remove the Upper Panel also, and i am not able to.

My version of M6 is 2017, i think is the same than yours.

i send you some pics, if you can give some advice

Thanks
 

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Hello @GTEyes

Did you manage to remove the rear console?

I am trying to remove the Upper Panel also, and i am not able to.

My version of M6 is 2017, i think is the same than yours.

i send you some pics, if you can give some advice

Thanks

Hi there,


The good news is that your center console is easier to remove than mine. 2017s are different. I was never able to get my 2018 apart all the way. It's a nightmare.



Check out these pictures.


https://forum.mazda6club.com/interior-modifications/398722-pull-usb-cable-through-middle-compartment.html


There are screws in the bottom of the bin under the arm rest (under the felt bottom cover) and a screw under the cup holder's bottom rubber cover. There are also plastic rivets on the side.
This thread may help, too...it is for a Mazda3 but it's after the update so it has a similar middle console.


https://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2014-2018-mazda-3-skyactiv-appearance-interior/199186-17-center-console-removal-help-please.html


Best of luck!
 

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I bailed once I saw I needed to take the entire centre area/lower dash panel apart just to get the cup holders out.
 

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I figured it out! with the help of a FB friend! that lip forward of the cup holder, the main panel, and the rubber tray in the front are all connected together. You start at that lip part that is circled and arrowed in one of those first pictures and then pull up, its all snap clips. All comes out together! Easy peasy actually.
 

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I figured it out! with the help of a FB friend! that lip forward of the cup holder, the main panel, and the rubber tray in the front are all connected together. You start at that lip part that is circled and arrowed in one of those first pictures and then pull up, its all snap clips. All comes out together! Easy peasy actually.
It will be even better if you can post pictures on how you did it.
 
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