ALRIGHT so after agonizing hours put into this deck removal I finally got the whole thing out. Unfortunately I had to remove it in two parts as shown. My new deck is only a few inches off from the actual size and isn't fitting snug, so I think I'll have to purchase an aftermarket brace to replace the whole unit removed.
My whole experience with this Mazda deck hasn't been pleasant. All the screws removed, in the end, did not seem to be the reason why the deck WOULD NOT come out.
To anyone who runs into a similar problem and has to do surgery on their deck my advice is just pay to have it done, but if you're like me and are determined to DO IT YOURSELF then here's my tips:
1. Remove the side compartment so you can unclip both fan wires and hooks. This will free up your position when taking apart the front panel
2. When every connection attached to the front panel are disconnected play with the deck and wiggle. See if there is any room for pulling it out.
After this ordeal all I can say is that if the deck tabs are broken or removed there is a little back nob on the back of the deck unit as well as adhesive tape and this will keep the unit in place, but that's it.
Feel free to ask more if in need of more explanation.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 AT 9:24 AM