How to Remove the Radio in Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

If you're considering putting a new radio into your Chevrolet car pickup truck, the first step of the installation requires you to remove the existing factory radio. With the radio out of the dash, you'll be able to wire the new model into the car's electronics and then mount it in the dash. This vital first step is actually one of the simplest parts of the job. It only requires a panel tool, available at auto-supply stores, and a few minutes of your time.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Radio in a 2000 Chevy Silverado

Move the column gear shift to "1" to allow clearance when removing the panel. Turn the engine off and set the parking brake.

Unhook the negative battery cable (--) with the pliers. Separate the cable from the battery post to prevent electrical shock.

Grasp the dash panel above the driver's side air vent. Pull the panel sharply until it unclips from the dash, then grasp the side of the panel above the radio. Pull it to unclip it from the dash.

Lift the dash panel up and over the steering column. Move it away and set it aside.

Lower the two levers on the sides of the radio to unhook the radio from its mount.

Pull the radio straight out. Unplug the wiring harness and the antenna on the rear of the radio.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

 How to Remove a Radio From a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Set the parking brake and apply the brake pedal. Move the transmission into neutral to provide working room. Turn the engine off. Unhook the negative battery cable with your pliers.

Remove the Phillips-head screw in the storage compartment next to the cigarette lighter. Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the speedometer case. These two screws are directly above the RPM and miles-per-hour gauge.

Pry off the two trim caps on either side of the steering wheel. Insert a small flat-head screwdriver into the cap's bottom indentation. Pry upward gently to remove the caps. Remove the two 9/32-inch bolts from behind the caps.

Grasp the lower-steering column and gently pull it down a few inches. Behind the column, you'll see three Phillips-head screws, two on the left and one on the right. Remove all three screws.

Push the steering-wheel tilt lever and lower the steering wheel. Grasp the dash panel above the steering wheel. Pull it away from the dash. Move over to the right side of the panel (above the radio). Continue pulling until it's released from the dash. Unplug the two connections from behind the panel. Move the panel to the side.

Remove the three Phillips-head screws from the radio. There are two screws on the left and one on the right. Pull the radio out. Unplug its connections.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

 How to Remove the Radio on a 2001 Chevy Silverado

Eject any CDs in the existing radio. Put your truck in gear, set the parking brake and remove the keys.

Place the front edge of your panel tool behind the edge of the front receiver and instrument trim panel. This is a large panel that surrounds the radio, climate controls and the main instrument cluster. Pry outwards to release the clips that hold the radio in place. Continue around the perimeter of the trim panel until it's completely loose. Remove the trim panel from the dash and set it aside.

Push down on the plastic tabs on either side of the radio. Pull the radio towards you and out of the dashboard.

Unplug the two wire connectors and the antenna cable from the back of the radio.

Items you will need

  • Panel tool

 How to Remove a Radio From a 1993 Silverado Pickup

Remove the plastic or wood bezel that surrounds the radio next to the speedometer cluster, using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull it away from the dashboard, and set it to the side.

Unscrew the radio from the dashboard. Use your hands to pull it out, then remove the wiring harness and antenna lead from the back of the deck.

Grip the plastic bezel just below the factory tape deck (if so equipped), and pull it toward you to pivot the bottom of the bezel up toward the headliner. Then, pull the bezel away from the dashboard.

Unscrew the factory tape deck from the dashboard. Pull it out, then unplug the wiring from the back. Now you're ready to install an aftermarket unit.

Items you will need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Radio From a Chevy Avalanche

Turn off the engine, and pop the hood. Use the pliers to unhook the negative battery cable for safety.

Pop off the trim panel surrounding the radio. Grasp the panel around the edges, and pull it away. It's only attached by clips. Use a flat-head screwdriver to help you pry it off if you have trouble.

Remove the two screws from the air conditioner vent control panel. Pull the panel out, and disconnect the electrical harnesses from behind it.

Remove the two screws from the climate display panel above the vent control panel. Pull this panel out, and disconnect the electrical harnesses.

Remove the four radio mounting screws. Pull the radio head unit out of the dash. Unplug the antenna cable, and disconnect the electrical harness.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Flat-head screwdriver (optional)

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Radio on a 2000 Chevy Malibu

Turn the engine off and open the hood. Use your pliers to unhook the negative battery cable. This prevents damage and shock when handling the radio components.

Examine the area around the radio to understand the dash panel setup. The radio surround panel extends to the tip of the ashtray and to the end of the ignition cylinder. This panel must come off for the radio to be removed.

Insert your dash trim tool behind the radio surround panel. The best place to start is beneath the ignition cylinder. Pry the panel outward, and then work your way around it to release the clips. Once most of it is unhooked, you can pull it off with your hands. The lower portion of the panel is connected to the cigarette lighter adapter; it is not necessary to unplug this, simply move the panel to the side.

Remove the two Phillips head screws from either side of the radio. These screws are the only support for the radio; when they're out, slide the radio forward to pull it out of its place.

Disconnect the radio wiring harness on the back of the radio by squeezing the connection tabs and pulling. Unplug the antenna cable to finish.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Dash tool

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove a Radio From a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer

Lift the Chevy's hood and loosen the bolt that secures the negative battery cable clamp to the negative battery terminal with the 10-mm wrench. Remove the cable from the battery and place it to the side of the battery. Move to the inside of the vehicle.

Remove the two screws on either side of the gear selector lever with the screwdriver. Remove the panel around the gear box and set it aside.

Remove the two screws in the back of the storage pocket under the stereo.

Grab the upper left corner of the trim panel that surrounds the stereo assembly and pry it away from the dashboard. Unplug the two wiring connectors from the outlets on the back of the panel to completely disconnect the panel from the dash.

Remove the two screws on the left side of the stereo bracket and the single screw on the right side with the screwdriver. Slide the stereo from the stereo mounting dock.

Disconnect the stereo wiring connectors from the left side of the stock radio's rear panel. Unplug the antenna cable from the right side of the radio's rear panel of outlets to complete the removal.

Items you will need

  • 10-mm socket wrench

  • Trim panel removal tool (optional)

  • Phillips-head screwdriver