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How to Remove a Factory Stereo From Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles was the last edition of the Vehicles eighth generation. Vehicles offered two stereo units Vehicles the compact car's Vehicles system. To upgrade the stereo, add auxiliary external devices or make repairs, you will need to correctly remove the factory stereo from the stereo mounting dock. Before removing the stereo, Vehicles your safety and the safety of the Vehicles electrical system, you will need to disconnect the negative battery cable. After that, the removal can be performed in relatively short order.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove a Factory Stereo From a 2000 Corolla

Open the hood of the Toyota Corolla and locate the vehicle's battery on the right side of the vehicle near the front right headlamp. Remove the rubber covering over the negative battery terminal. Remove the negative battery cable from the negative lead post of the battery, with a 10mm wrench.

Wrap a thin cloth over the blade of a trim panel removal tool. Wedge the covered tool between the edge of the center dash panel and the larger surrounding panel. Pry the panel from the dashboard and work the tool around the perimeter until the smaller panel is fully clear of the dash.

Place the panel on top of the dashboard near the windshield. The panel will still be connected to the dashboard by electrical wiring that is connected to the hazard control, clock and defrost switches.

Remove the screws at the corners of the stereo mounting bracket with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Pull the factory stereo straight from the mounting dock with equal force on both sides until the wiring in the back of the head unit is reachable by hand.

Hold the radio in one hand while pulling the wiring from the unit with the other. Pull the antenna cable from the stereo and the two white connectors for the speakers and power supply. Once the connections have been detached, the stereo will be free to be set aside.

Items you will need

  • 10mm wrench

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Trim panel removal tool

  • Thin cloth

 How to Remove a Factory Stereo on an Evo X

Use your pliers to loosen the cable nut on the negative battery cable and then pull the cable away from the terminal.

Remove the Phillips screw from the right hinge of the glove box (visible with the glove box open), and then remove the Phillips screw at the top portion of the glove box.

Pull the trim panel (above the glove box and extending to the steering column) away from the dash and set it aside.

Remove the three mounting screws from the emergency flasher switch (visible below the radio with the panel removed), and then pull the flasher switch from the dash and disconnect the wiring harnesses.

Pull off the radio surround panel (including the air conditioner vent covers). Grasp the panel at the bottom and pull sharply to remove it from the radio head unit.

Remove the four Phillips screws mounting the radio in the dash. Pull the radio out and unplug the wiring harness and antenna plug.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Gloves

 How do I Remove the Factory Stereo in a 1997 Cadillac Deville?

Pull the hood release lever located under the dashboard on the driver's side of the Deville. Move to the front of the Cadillac and lift the hood. Loosen the bolt that secures the Deville's grounding cable to the negative battery terminal. Lift the cable from the terminal and set it aside to avoid shorting the vehicle's electrical system during the stereo removal.

Pry the trim panel from around the gear selector box with a trim panel removal tool. Remove the panel and set it aside. Grab the trim bezel surrounding the stereo and climate control panel at the bottom edge of the panel and pull it away from the dashboard. Use two hands to ensure that the panel is removed with even pressure on both sides.

Pull the plastic levers on either side of the stereo mounting dock to release the stereo from the vehicle's stereo bracket. Slide the stereo from the dashboard dock to access the wiring connectors plugged into the outlets on the rear panel of the stereo.

Unplug the two wiring connectors connected to the outlets on the back panel of the stereo unit. Unplug the FM antenna cable from the antenna input on the rear panel of the head unit. Place the grounding cable clamp back over the negative battery terminal post. Tighten the clamp to the post with the wrench.

Items you will need

  • 10-mm wrench

  • Trim panel removal tool

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