How to Remove the Radio from Cars

by Contributing Writer

Harley Davidson car radio systems are installed as a component of the Harley Davidson car system. In order to remove the radio, the outer Harley Davidson car must first be completely disconnected and placed aside, exposing the inner components of the Harley Davidson car. The battery should also be disconnected to prevent shock or damage. This will require that the seat be removed. Overall length of time to complete the task should be between one and two hours. Work slowly and carefully around the outer Harley Davidson car to avoid scratching or damaging the finish.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Radio from a Lincoln Car

Lincoln Town Car

Use your pliers to disconnect the negative battery cable (Symbol: "--").

Remove the two bolts (7mm) from the instrument cluster (speedometer casing) ceiling.

Grasp the front dash panel above the instrument cluster and above the radio. Pull the panel towards you to disengage the clips and remove the panel. Pull the panel a few inches away from the dash and disconnect any electrical connections that may be present.

Remove the two bolts (7mm) above the analog clock (above the radio). Pull the analog clock out and disconnect the electrical connection.

Remove the four bolts (7mm) mounting the radio into the dash. Carefully pull the radio out and unplug the antenna and factory wiring harness.

Lincoln LS

Turn the key to the "On" position. Apply the parking brake and move the transmission to "N" (Neutral).

Insert the trim tool into the left corner of the trim panel beneath the radio (next to the pop-out ashtray). Pry the left side of the panel away and then insert the tool into the right side of the panel and pry it away. Lift the panel up and over the gear shift selector.

Remove the two Phillips screws on the sides of the ashtray and then remove the two bolts (7mm) beneath the ashtray. Pull the ashtray out and unplug the connection for the cigarette lighter.

Remove the four bolts (7mm) mounting the radio and climate control panel. Pull the panels out (they are attached) to access the rear of the radio.

Remove the four Phillips screws attaching the climate control panel to the radio. Disconnect the wiring harness and the antenna from behind the radio and then separate the radio from the climate control panel.

Items you will need

  • Gloves (optional)

  • Pliers

  • Socket wrench (7mm attachment)

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Trim panel tool

 How to Remove a Radio From a Ford Escape

Slide the tips of the DIN tools into the slots on the side of the radio. There are two small access slots on each side of the Escape's radio. The DIN tools look like a horseshoe. There is one tool for each side of the radio.

Apply outward pressure on the tool.

Pull the radio straight out of the dash while maintaining pressure on the radio unit.

Remove the electrical connector and the antenna from the back of the radio unit.

Items you will need

  • Ford DIN tools

 How to Remove the Radio in a Hyundai Sonata

Disconnect the negative battery cable (or grounding cable) from the Hyundai battery. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the cable's clamp. Remove the clamp from the negative battery lead and rest it away from the battery.

Open the glove box to access the dash trim retaining screws. Remove the screws located at the top of the glove box opening with a Phillips head screwdriver. Pull the dash trim strip from the dashboard revealing the stereo mounting screws.

Remove the two screws at the bottom of the stereo using a Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove the two screws at the bottom of the two dash panels on either side of the stereo with a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the panels to reveal the two screws on either side of the stereo. Remove the screws that hold the stereo into the stereo mounting bracket.

Pull the Sonata's radio from the dash far enough to access the wiring connected to the rear of the unit.

Pull the wire groups from the rear of the stereo. Grab the four groups (antenna, speakers, power supply, and amplifier) by the plastic wire binders, not the wires themselves. Pull the stereo completely from the dash of the Hyundai.

Items you will need

  • Phillip's head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Radio From the Pontiac Grand Prix

Raise the Pontiac's hood to gain access to the battery cables and terminals. Locate the grounding cable connecting the negative battery terminal and the frame of the Grand Prix. Using the wrench, loosen the bolt holding the cable's clamp to the terminal post. Remove the cable and secure it away from the battery. Move to the interior of the vehicle.

Remove the two screws on the panel below the steering column with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Allow the panel to hang from the bottom of the dashboard.

Grab the top of the main dash panel above the driver's instrument panel and pull it away from the dashboard. Unplug the headlamp switch wiring connector from the back of the panel and completely remove the panel.

Remove the two screws on the sides of the stereo bracket with the screwdriver. Slide the radio from the Pontiac's dashboard dock.

Disconnect the two stereo wiring connectors from the back of the radio. Unplug the antenna lead from the jack on the back of the radio.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable socket wrench

  • Trim panel removal tool (optional)

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

 How to Remove a Radio From a Harley Fairing

Removing the Seat

Turn off the motorcycle ignition. Allow the motorcycle to cool down before proceeding.

Remove the fastener on the top of the rear fender with a cross tip screwdriver.

Push the seat toward the rear of the motorcycle to free the tongue underneath the seat from its slot within the frame.

Lift the seat free from the bike and set it aside.

Disconnect the negative cable from the battery with a 10 mm open-end wrench.

Removing the Outer Fairing

Disconnect the seven fasteners that secure the outer fairing using a Torx drive head. The seven connectors are located on the outer windshield, the inner fairing near the speakers and underneath the inner fairing near the handlebar clamp.

Tilt the fairing forward toward the front of the motorcycle. Squeeze and disconnect the wire connector attached to the headlight assembly.

Lift the outer fairing out and away from the bike. Place this assembly in a safe, out-of-the-way location.

Removing the Radio

Unplug the connectors attached to the radio from the motorcycle's wiring system. They are the black radio connector, the antenna cable connector, the gray radio connector and the CB antenna cable connector.

Remove the four screws that secure the radio to its support bracket with a hex key wrench.

Pull the radio out.

Items you will need

  • Cross tip screwdriver

  • 10 mm open-end wrench

  • Torx driver set

  • Hex key set

 How to Remove the Radio on an Envoy

Lift the Envoy's hood. Loosen the negative battery cable with the wrench and remove it from the battery terminal. Set the cable aside. Move to the inside of the GMC.

Lift the parking brake lever. Remove the panel at the bottom of the cup holder with a trim panel removal tool. Remove the screw beneath the panel with the Phillips screwdriver.

Open the center console storage compartment. Remove the two screws at the forward-most edge of the compartments opening with the screwdriver. Pry the rubber covering from the rear side of the compartment with the trim panel tool. Remove the two screws beneath the covering. Remove the rubber covering at the bottom of the center console covering. Remove the screws beneath the covering.

Grab the center console and pull it away from the dashboard. The gap between the console and the dashboard will allow you to remove the stereo bracket screws.

Remove the two screws on either side of the lower dash panels with the screwdriver. Take the panel away from the dashboard. Remove the two screws at the base of the dash panel that surrounds the stereo and climate controls. Grab the panel at the bottom edge and pull it away from the dashboard.

Remove the four screws at the corners of the stereo bracket. Slide the stereo from the Envoy's stereo mount. Disconnect the stereo wiring and antenna cable from the back of the unit.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Trim panel removal tool

 How to Remove the Radio in a 2006 Hyundai Tucson

Lift the Hyundai's hood to access the battery. Loosen the bolt that secures the negative battery cable clamp to the negative battery terminal post, using a battery wrench. Remove the cable from the battery and secure it aside. Move to the Tucson's interior.

Gently remove the small access panel on the shaft of the gear selector lever, using a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the two screws for the shift handle, using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the gear shift knob and set it aside.

Pry up the bezel around the shifter handle with a trim-removal tool. Remove the three screws found under the radio trim panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Pry the trim round the radio and heater controls and place it aside. Remove the four screws at the corners of the stereo bracket.

Slide the head unit from the dash panel mounting dock. Disconnect the two stereo wiring connectors from the outlets on the back of the radio. Pull the antenna cable lead from the antenna outlet on the back of the radio. Installation is the reverse of removal. Snug all mounting screws.

Items you will need

  • Battery wrench

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Trim panel removal tool

 How to Remove the Radio in a 1998 Jeep Cherokee

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery using a 10mm wrench. The battery cable connects the negative battery terminal lead to the frame of the Cherokee. Loosen the bolt that holds the cable clamp to the lead post, and rest the cable away from the battery until your work is finished.

Remove the plastic dash panel that surrounds the stereo, the vents, and the climate control knobs. Place the trim panel tool between the dash panel and the larger dashboard paneling, and pry one corner of the smaller panel away from the dashboard. Reach your fingers into the space provided by the trim pry tool and pull the panel away from the dash.

Remove the two 10mm bolts located on either side of the now revealed stereo mounting bracket with the socket and drive.

Pull the radio away from the dashboard to access the wiring connections to the rear of the radio.

Disconnect the wiring from the vehicle to the stereo by hand. The speaker wires are grouped together by a white plastic binder; pull the binder away from the stereo to free the unit from the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • 10mm wrench

  • Trim panel removal tool

  • 10mm socket and drive

 How to Remove the Radio From a Mercedes Sprinter

Place the panel removal tool in the seam between the top of the dashboard and the radio, and pry the tool back to pop the bezel off the dashboard. Once there is a gap between the bezel and the dashboard, pull the rest of the bezel off the dash with your hands to remove the clips. Set the bezel out of the immediate work area.

Locate the four screws holding the stereo to the dashboard, the two at the top of the stereo, and the two in the lower corners.

Hold the deck by the sides and lift it out of the dashboard. Reach around to the backside of the stereo and unplug the connections using your hands.

Items you will need

  • T-20 Torx head driver

  • Panel removal tool

 How to Remove the Radio in a 2002 Ford Explorer

Purchase a Ford radio hook tool. Ford factory radios have a special setup that is best serviced by the hook tool. Most audio shops or electronics stores keep the tool in stock. The tool is usually available for less than $10.

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the pliers. The negative battery cable must be disconnected to prevent electrical shock.

Use the tool to unhook the four clips inside each corner of the radio. The clips hold the radio bezel in place. Remove the radio surround when the clips are free.

Remove the four screws mounting the radio into the dash. Pull the radio halfway out, and disconnect the antennae cable and the wiring harness from the rear.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Ford radio removal tool

  • Screwdriver