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10 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on The Blue Mazda 3 Blog | Adventures with a Celestial Blue Hatchback

Mazda 3 Climate Knobs Upgraded

A cheap twenty bucks) and easy minutes, DIY) modification to the 3 involves replacing the plain plastic knobs of the climate at the bottom of the dashboard with substantial tuner-style ones also sport silver trim. These are the three that control the blower direction, and temperature, sometimes HVAC.

A comparison between the original OEM knobs (left) and the aftermarket (at right).

Searching eBay for mazda 3 knobs a/c#8221; turn up a dozen purchasing from China for around $15 free shipping.  This was the we took, and the product we received as pictured within a few weeks. who want to buy North American can get the item from autolismo for $40.

Installation in its simplest form here for  2003-09 involves first pulling the knobs straight out with by or with a pair of pliers (If you to preserve the original knobs damage, wrap the jaws of the with duct tape Then, simply push in the they will only fit one so there#8217;s no risk of making a The only problem is that in 3s, the backlighting will come at night with a bright or light blue color doesn#8217;t match the rest of the lighting, which is red (or a bright when the stereo is on).

In 2010+ Mazda 3s, the HVAC will be back-lit white we do something about it.

This is not an in the previous generation, as the plastic the knob is red in earlier 3s whereas it is no The solution for we perfectionists who insist on Pick up some transparent red film from rvinyl.com.

This can be used inside the so the light that passes will be filtered red.

trace the shape of the replacement onto the film and cut it out a little than the outline. It doesn#8217;t to be a perfect circle. Then, use a punch and punch multiple near the center of the film to it over the stem of the knob.

Peel the adhesive and pass it the stem to cover the inside of the knob. If it doesn#8217;t cover the inside area, cut another larger circle and reapply, or patch the exposed area little bits of film.

If we at this point, the light passes through the outer of the knob will be red, but the that indicates where the is pointing will still be as that light shines the stem of the knob. The solution is to cut a rectangle of red vinyl film and it around the stem like so:

Press into place, and done, backlit in a matching

This is an interior customization delivers good bang for the The upgraded appearance is achieved and quickly.

Before (at top) and (below)

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