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Remove the ashtray and look for the screws that attach the ashtray bracket to the dash. Remove the ashtray bracket. The light fixture has a metal clip that you can squeeze to release the fixture from the ashtray bracket. (Sometimes it is easier to pry or push the clip gently sideways with a small screwdriver.) Replace the bulb and re-assemble.
The dash light consist if two parts plus the ashtery light In your Mazda. You need to disconnect the dash look for the steps online available for Mazda 3. You might find that the cable harness is slightly disconnected or the pins in it are a bit twisted you need to check it out. And for the ashtery light after you get the cup holder removed and all the screws in the dash as well. You will get to a harness right back of the lighter which will leads you to another smaller plug of a tiny bulb. Make sure it's well connected otherwise it's just a replacement matter!
I found that if you take the ash tray out there is a little hole. shine a light in it and you should be able to see a slide mechanism on it push it over to the side and the door will lock,might want to put a little lube in it and that worked for my 06 zephyr
Your O/D relay is failing. The transmission is staying in lower gears and not able to switch into overdrive, this is controlled electrically. The relay is behind the ashtray in behind the ashtray holder, on the right. It is clarified as far as numerical order and function on the legend plate on the ashtray cover.
first remove the ashtray. there will be 2 screws where the ashtray used to be. remove those. then you just have to pry the panel off it will feel like it will break but then you hear a pop a couple of them. and then you replace the lights
i just recently replaced mine and the temp control had burned . the dash fascia needs to be removed. the vents must come out and then remove the screws that hold it on..there are probably 10 screws.. under the vents , behind the ashtray, and behind the cruise control switch and dimmer switch.. once this is done you need to remove the 4 screws that hold the heater control unit in. the bulb that needs to be replaced lights up temp control and fan speed...you may be able to download an exploded veiw of the dash fascia...this is an involved job...but worth it at night!
Remove the cover on the center console. This is the large bezel that covers the center section of the dash. Radio must be removed first to expose 2 screws that secure it in place. It hooks at the top. Be carefull with the connectors for the console switch group.
Remove the 4 screws attaching the ashtray to the center console.
Press the ashtray housing over to the left and then remove it toward the right.
Disconnect the ashtray harness connector for the courtesy light.