How to Install a Stereo in a Chevy Equinoxby Jule Pamplin
As with most vehicles, replacing the stereo in the Chevy Equinox is an easy operation once the stereo to be replaced is accessible. Getting to the double DIN stereo deck--the size that fits the Equinox, which is 4" x 7" versus the more common single DIN at 2" x 7"-- requires several steps. Once you've done those, installing a new stereo is simple.
Disconnect the ground wire on the Chevy Equinox battery. The grounding wire is the black wire connecting the battery to the frame of the vehicle.
Remove the trim to reveal the stereo deck. The panel that allows access to the stereo covers the stereo all the way down to the emergency brake lever.
Pull the panel at the point the panel meets the emergency brake lever housing, working upward. Remove the wiring to the air-conditioning controls to completely remove the trim panel.
Remove the four screws securing the stereo in place. The screws are found on either side of the stereo deck.
Slide the deck out to gain access to the connecting wires in the back of the stereo. On the Equinox, there are two sets of wires grouped by two wiring harnesses as well as the antenna wiring.
Reattach the wiring to the new stereo and put the new deck into place. Replace the screws to hold the new stereo. Replace the panel of dashboard trim starting at the top and working downward toward the emergency brake. Before attaching the framing trim completely, remember to reattach the AC control wiring. The trim will "click" into place.
- Be sure that the replacement deck is a double DIN stereo deck. Crutchfield.com is a good Web source for checking whether your new stereo will fit in your Chevy Equinox.