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How to Install a Stereo in a Dodge Durango

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The Dodge Durango is a full-sized SUV introduced in 1998 to replace the long discontinued Ramcharger. The Dodge Durango is a solid performer with power and off-road capability at its core. Replacing the stereo in is a straightforward project that requires basic skills and an hour of free time. Knowing the tricks to removing the trim make this an easy do-it-yourself job.

Step 1

Disconnect the negative wire from the battery terminal. Ensure the wire is secured to keep it from touching any metal parts or making its way back to the terminal.

Step 2

Remove the eight torx screws from the dash panel cover. Remove the panel directly below the steering wheel to get access to the hidden screws behind. Locate the two hidden Phillips-head screws and pull the dash cover away from the console and set it aside.

Step 3

Locate and remove the two screws or hex head bolts securing the radio to the console bracket. Pull the radio free and disconnect the two wire bundles from the back of the radio.

Step 4

Connect the wire adaptor by snapping the two original harnesses to the adaptor by matching the shape of the terminals. Snap the wiring assembly into the back of the new radio along with the antenna and slide the stereo into the Durango dash.

Step 5

Reconnect the negative battery terminal and turn the radio on. Ensure that all of the speakers are working.

Secure the head unit in place in the brackets and replace the trim and torx screws.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Torx driver
  • 8mm socket
  • Wiring harness adaptor

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