How to Install a Stereo in Dodge Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

To install an aftermarket stereo into a Dodge car truck, you must first remove the factory stereo and install a faceplate adapter into the stereo mounting dock. The faceplate adapter will serve as a universal platform to receive aftermarket stereos from various car audio makers. The stereo wiring from the Dodge car will also need to be adapted to fit the new radio. Use a wire harness adapter to bridge any gap between the stereo wiring and your new head unit.

Under The Hood:

 How to Install a Stereo in a Dodge Durango

Disconnect the negative wire from the battery terminal. Ensure the wire is secured to keep it from touching any metal parts or making its way back to the terminal.

Remove the eight torx screws from the dash panel cover. Remove the panel directly below the steering wheel to get access to the hidden screws behind. Locate the two hidden Phillips-head screws and pull the dash cover away from the console and set it aside.

Locate and remove the two screws or hex head bolts securing the radio to the console bracket. Pull the radio free and disconnect the two wire bundles from the back of the radio.

Connect the wire adaptor by snapping the two original harnesses to the adaptor by matching the shape of the terminals. Snap the wiring assembly into the back of the new radio along with the antenna and slide the stereo into the Durango dash.

Reconnect the negative battery terminal and turn the radio on. Ensure that all of the speakers are working.

Secure the head unit in place in the brackets and replace the trim and torx screws.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Torx driver

  • 8mm socket

  • Wiring harness adaptor

 How to Install a Stereo in a Dodge Intrepid

Prepare the car for the installation. Pull the negative battery cable form the terminal and ensure it doesn't touch any metal parts. Push the driver's seat all the way back to make room to move.

Pry gently at the upper right corner of the trim panel that surrounds the stereo. Apply steady pressure at each corner until the clips release and pull the panel away from the dash.

Locate and remove the two screws, one on each side of the radio. Pull the Dodge Intrepid stereo out of the dash and disconnect the wires from the back of the head unit.

Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the original harness and let the wires hang out the front of the dash. Slide the stereo into the Chrysler mounting kit and connect the harness and antenna wire to the back of the new stereo.

Slide the entire assembly into the dash, taking care not to kink the wires as the radio slides into place. Connect the negative battery cable and turn the radio on.

Test each speaker and the new radio's controls. Screw the two bolts back in place at the front of the radio and snap the trim back into place.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Chrysler mounting kit

  • Wiring harness adaptor

 How to Install a Stereo in a 2000 Dodge Durango

Lift the hood of the Dodge Durango and disconnect the negative battery cable from the negative battery lead post. Use a 10 mm wrench to loosen the cable's clamp before pulling the cable from the negative battery terminal and resting the cable away from the battery until the installation is complete.

Remove the eight screws around the perimeter of the Durango's main dash panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the lower dash panel on the driver's side of the Dodge to reveal the two screws on the left side of the stereo mounting dock trim panel. Remove the two screws and store them for reinstallation.

Remove the trim panel that surrounds the stereo assembly. Remove the two screws on either side of the Dodge Durango's stereo mounting dock with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the factory stereo from the stereo dock.

Pull the stereo wiring from the rear outlets on the stock stereo. Unplug the black antenna cable from the right side of the radio's rear panel.

Slide the aftermarket stereo faceplate adapter into the vacant stereo mounting dock in the Dodge's dashboard. Replace the screws that bound the old radio into the dash mount.

Connect the Dodge stereo wiring to a wiring harness adapter. Plug the stereo wiring into the appropriate leads on the harness and plug the harness lead into the corresponding leads on the rear panel of the new stereo.

Plug the antenna cable into the outlet marked "FM ANT" on the back of the new stereo.

Slide the new stereo into the stereo mounting dock via the faceplate adapter. Push the stereo into the dock until it snaps into place by the faceplate adapter.

Replace the dash panels that conceal the stereo mounting dock and screw in the screws around the perimeter with the screwdriver. Return to the battery.

Place the negative battery cable clamp back around the negative battery terminal lead post. Tighten the clamp with the wrench. Close the Dodge Durango's hood.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm wrench

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Wiring harness adapter

  • Faceplate adapter

 How to Install a Stereo in a Dodge Caravan

Open the hood and remove the negative cable from the battery terminal. Secure the cable so that it can't touch any metal parts.

Remove the trim that surrounds the stereo on the Dodge Caravan dash by pulling gently at one of the top corners. Apply gentle pressure to unclip the plastic pieces that secure it in place.

Locate the screws on each side of the stereo and remove them. Pull out the head unit and disconnect the wires from behind the stereo.

Slide the new stereo into the Chrysler radio mounting kit. Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the original harness and then to the back of the head unit. Attach the antenna to the back of the radio and slide the entire assembly into the dash.

Connect the negative cable onto the battery terminal and turn the radio on. Verify all of the speakers and controls are working properly. Screw the bolts into the sides of the stereo case and snap the trim into place.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Chrysler radio mounting kit

  • Wiring harness adaptor

 How to Install a Stereo in a 2005 Dodge RAM

Lift the hood of the Dodge Ram pickup truck and disconnect the negative battery cable from the vehicle's battery using the 10mm wrench.

Pry open the lower dash panel, beneath the steering column, with the trim panel removal tool. Allow the panel to hang from the dashboard.

Remove the screw on the lower right corner of the center dash panel with a Phillips screwdriver. Pry the dash panel away from the dashboard with the trim panel tool. Start near the lower right corner and work the tool around the perimeter of the dash panel until it is released from the dashboard

Pull the dash panel away from the dashboard by grabbing the bottom edge of the panel. Allow the dash panel to hang from the dashboard. The panel will be connected by electrical wiring to the climate control knobs. There's no need to disconnect the wiring.

Remove the four screws at the corners of the stereo mounting bracket with the Phillips screwdriver. Slide the stereo forward until you can reach the wiring connected to the rear of the unit.

Disconnect the antenna cable from the right rear corner of the radio, by pulling the black cable collar on the connector upward. Disconnect the power supply cable and speaker wires from the left rear side of the factory stereo.

Insert a faceplate adapter into the stereo mounting dock of the Dodge truck. Feed the stereo wiring through the back of the faceplate adapter.

Connect the stereo wiring to the wiring harness adapter. Connect the wiring harness adapter leads to the appropriate outlets on the back of the aftermarket stereo. The wiring harness adapter will be adequately marked to show where the proper connections are to be made.

Slide the aftermarket stereo into the opening provided by the newly installed faceplate adapter.

Replace the center dash panel and press evenly on the perimeter to snap it back into place.

Replace the screw in the lower right corner of the center dash panel with a Phillips screwdriver.

Press the lower dash panel, below the steering column, against the dashboard until it snaps into place.

Place the negative battery cable clamp around the negative battery terminal lead post. Tighten the clamp onto the post with the 10mm wrench.

Items you will need

  • 10mm wrench

  • Trim panel removal tool

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Faceplate adapter

  • Wiring harness adapter

 How to Install a Stereo into a Dodge Dakota Car

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the negative battery terminal with the 10-mm wrench.

Remove the eight Torx-15 screws from the Dakota's dashboard; four at the corners of the dashboard on the left side of the steering column, the rest surrounding the stereo and climate controls.

Remove the two screws at the bottom corners of the lower dash panel on the driver's side of the truck with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the panel and remove the two screws behind it with the screwdriver.

Grab the main dashboard panel over the stereo and climate controls and pull it away from the dashboard. Work your hands around the perimeter of the panel until the panel is removed from the dash and the stereo bracket is revealed. Set the panel aside.

Remove the two 10-mm screw bolts on the sides of the stereo with the socket and drive. Slide the stereo from the dock and disconnect the stereo wiring and antenna cable from the back of the unit.

Plug the plastic stereo wiring binders into the wiring harness adapter leads. Slide the stereo faceplate adapter into the mounting dock in the dash. Plug the wiring harness adapter leads into the outlets on the back of the new stereo. Insert the antenna cable lead into the FM antenna input on the back of the aftermarket stereo deck. Slide the unit into the faceplate adapter until it locks into place.

Place the main dash panel back into place on the dashboard. Replace the four screws on the left side of the steering wheel and around the stereo and climate controls with the Torx-15 wrench. Screw in the two screws under the steering wheel and replace the lower dash panel. Replace the two screws in the bottom corners of the panel with the screwdriver. Return to the Dakota's battery.

Replace the battery cable onto the negative battery terminal. Tighten the cable to the battery with the wrench. Close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Torx-15 socket and drive

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Faceplate adapter

  • Wiring harness adapter

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