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How to Install a CD Player in a Chevy Truck

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski

The Chevy Silverado truck is one of the most popular full-size trucks on the market. Unfortunately, some year models of the Silverado only come with an AM/FM stereo as standard equipment, unless you purchase an upgraded model. Learn to install a CD player in your Chevy truck, whether it is a factory CD player or an aftermarket unit. The following instructions are for 1999 to 2006 Silverado models and 2007 Classic models.

Disconnect the negative battery cable before beginning the procedure.

Examine the dash panel that extends around your gauge cluster and your old radio. The entire panel is one piece. It is attached by clips only.

Grasp the left side of the panel around the instrument cluster and pull it to release the clips. Work your way down the panel, pulling on sections until all of the clips are released. When the panel is disconnected, set it aside.

Examine the factory mounting bracket for the radio. Look closely at each side of the radio to find the levers. Lower the levers to disengage the radio clips. Pull the radio from the dash.

Disconnect the factory wiring harness and the antenna cable. Set the old radio aside.

Follow the directions in your aftermarket installation kit to attach the new wiring harness and antenna converter to the vehicle. If you are installing a factory CD player, skip this step. Install the aftermarket CD player mounting kit according to the specific package instructions.

Attach the wiring harness and antenna to the rear of the new CD player. Place the new CD player in the dash. Raise the lever if you are installing a factory CD player. Use the provided screws to mount the radio if you are installing an aftermarket CD player.

Reattach the dash panel to the truck. To attach the dash panel, place it in its correct position and push it to engage the clips. Once the dash panel is attached, reconnect your negative battery cable.

Tip

  • You must purchase an installation kit if you are installing an aftermarket CD player. Make sure the kit is specifically made for your CD player.

Warning

  • Do not work with electrical components without disconnecting the negative battery cable.

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About the Author

Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.

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