How to Install a CD Player in a Sebringby Jule Pamplin
The most popular and easiest aftermarket upgrade for Sebring owners is the addition of a CD player. There are specific steps necessary to perform the switch from the factory-installed stereo deck, but with a few considerations to Chrysler's design, a car audio novice can easily install a CD player.
Disconnect the negative battery cable (or grounding cable) from the Sebring's battery. The grounding cable is the black cable that connects the battery to the frame of the vehicle. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the bolt holding the cable's clamp around the negative lead. Remove the clamp from the lead.
Remove the trim panel surrounding the stock stereo system. Insert a flat screwdriver along the seam of the panel trim and pry the panel loose. Cover the blade of the screwdriver with a thin cloth to protect the finish of the trim panel during removal. Work the screwdriver around the perimeter of the panel with moderate force until it is completely removed.
Remove both of the screws on either side of the factory deck. Use a 10mm socket and ratchet for the screws.
Pull the factory deck from the dash until the wiring connections are able to be reached at the rear of the deck.
Disconnect the wiring groups at the rear of the factory deck. The four groups connected are for the antenna, the power supply (battery), the speakers and the amplifier. The wiring groups can be removed by hand with a moderate amount of force.
Insert the faceplate adapter into the space left by the factory deck. The faceplate adapter should be a single DIN-sized adapter. Feed the wire groups through the back of the faceplate adapter.
Connect the wiring groups to the CD player. If the CD player is not compatible with Chrysler wiring, connect the wiring groups to a wiring harness adapter and then to the CD player.
Place the CD player into the faceplate adapter. Push the CD player into the slot until the face of the CD player is flush with the trim of the faceplate.
Reconnect the grounding wire to the Sebring's battery. Lace the clamp around the negative lead. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to tighten the clamp around the lead. The lead needs to be tighten only to the point that the clamp cannot be moved about the lead by hand.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- 10mm socket and ratchet
- Flat screwdriver
- Wiring harness adapter
- Universal faceplate adapter
Jule Pamplin has been a copywriter for more than seven years. As a financial sales consultant, Pamplin produced sales copy for two of the largest banks in the United States. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, winning a meritorious scholarship for the Careers in Applied Science and Technology program, and later served in the 1st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.