How to Remove the Radio From Toyota Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The stock radio installed in a Toyota car is fairly basic compared to the aftermarket stereos available for sale today. It doesn't have much in the way of features, such as the Bluetooth, iPod connections or navigation found in stereos produced by other companies. Installing a new stereo with new features can potentially bring up the resale value of the Toyota car while adding a better experience for you. You must first remove your old stereo before you can put in your new one.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Radio From a Toyota Solara

Remove any CDs or tapes from the factory radio while the power is still on.

Set the parking brake for your vehicle and turn the power off. Disconnect the negative battery cable by loosening the bolt on the battery clamp with an adjustable wrench.

Pry off the air vent located over the radio with your panel tool. Pull the air vent straight back to remove, and set it aside.

Remove two 10mm bolts that were exposed by the removal of the air vent with your 10mm socket and driver.

Open the center console. Pull up on the console's trim panel to release the clips holding it in place. Remove the trim panel and set it aside.

Open the storage door in the center of the dash. Pry the compartment out by pulling from the sides. Unplug the wiring harnesses connected to the rear and remove the compartment, setting it aside.

Remove the two 10mm bolts exposed by the removal of the storage compartment.

Pull the radio out, and unplug the wiring harnesses connected to the back.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Panel tool

  • 10mm socket and driver

 How to Remove the Radio from 1998 Toyota Corolla Hook Tool

Place the tip of the hook tool behind the dash vents underneath the stereo. This will expose a pair of screws. Remove them using a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Pull the stock stereo out of the dashboard using your hands, prying from the vent holes if necessary for extra leverage.

Unplug the wiring harness and antenna lead from the back of the stereo using your hands. Then unscrew the factory stereo from the trim bezel using the Phillips-head screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Hook tool

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Radio on 2006 Toyota Corolla

Place the nylon pry bar in the gap between the trim around the shifter and the center console. Pop up the trim using the pry bar and then set the panel to the side.

Pull each climate control knob off the climate controls with your hands. Place the nylon pry bar between the climate controls and the dashboard on the sides. Pry back the climate control panel and pull it off of the dash. Lean it back to rest on the shifter.

Unbolt the four bolts underneath the stereo using the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket. Pull the radio assembly out of the dash by hand, then unplug the connections on the backside. Take the stereo out of the car.

Items you will need

  • Nylon pry bar

  • 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set

 How to Remove a Radio From a Toyota Highlander

Pull the hood release lever under the Highlander's dashboard. Move to the front of the vehicle and lift the hood. Loosen the bolt on the negative battery cable's clamp with the wrench. Remove the cable from the negative terminal and set it beside the battery. Return to the inside of the Toyota.

Place the trim panel tool removal's blade between the main dash panel and the trim panel surrounding the stereo and climate vents. Pry the panel from the dashboard and set it aside.

Remove the three screws on either side of the Highlander's stereo bracket with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

Slide the stereo assembly from the Toyota's dashboard stereo dock. Remove the three screws on the bracket to free the stereo from the housing. Slide the radio from the bracket.

Unplug the stereo wiring connectors from the rear panel of the radio. Unplug the antenna cable from the back of the factory radio to complete the removal.

Items you will need

  • 10-mm socket wrench

  • Trim panel removal tool

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

 How to the Remove Radio in a Toyota Avalon

Shut off the power to the Avalon by disconnecting the negative battery cable.

Pry off the central register panel above the radio on the dash. Use a trim stick or a flathead screwdriver with tape wrapped around the blade. With the register panel gone, pry off the dash trim panel that surrounds the radio. Disconnect the electrical connector to the clock.

Remove the control panel for the air conditioner if it is blocking your way to the radio's mounting screws. Remove the front console trim over the air conditioning console, disconnect the mounting screws and remove the control panel.

Disconnect the mounting screws to the radio using a small hex wrench. Put the screws aside in case you can use them to install the new stereo or other device. Pull the radio out of its space to find the electrical connector and antenna lead in the rear of the unit.

Unplug the electrical connector and antenna lead, and remove the radio. These connectors will be used with any new radio or stereo that you'll install in the old radio's place.

Items you will need

  • Trim stick

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Masking or other adhesive tape

  • Hex wrench

 How to Remove the Radio in a 2003 Toyota Corolla

Disconnect the battery.

Unclip the panel surrounding the gear shifter by pulling up on it gently. Lift the panel up and over the shifter.

Pull the air conditioner knob off the console.

Remove the screw that was exposed when the knob was pulled off.

Unclip the trim around the air conditioning assembly. Gently pull the trim off. This exposes the bolts securing the radio to the dash.

Remove the four exposed 10 mm bolts with a socket wrench. Pull out the radio and the surrounding trim panels.

Unclip the trim and air conditioner vents from around the radio.

Unplug the wiring harness at the back of the radio. Pull the antenna cable out of the back corner of the unit. Now you can remove the radio.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Phillips head screwdriver

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