How to Put a Car Stereo in the Glove Compartment

by Bryan Clark

Installing a car stereo in the glove compartment is common among car customizers. Usually people install car stereos in the dash because they want to keep the original look of a classic car by using the original radio. You don't have to sacrifice sound, though; putting your car stereo in the glove box is a simple install for most installation professionals.


Open your glove box and remove any debris.


Mount the dash kit inside the glove box by following the instructions included with the kit. Generally, you'll mount the brackets using four self-tapping screws to the upper inside portion of the glove box. Wiggle the brackets to ensure they are tight and have very little give in either direction.


Disconnect your car battery.


Remove the radio from the dash of your car. Instructions here will vary depending on the make and model of your car, but, as a general rule of thumb, don't force any parts that are being stubborn or you risk breaking them.


Disconnect the wires from the back of the radio.


Use the wire grabber to reach from the glove box, into the hollow area in the dash where the radio was. Wrap the wires around the wire grabber using electrical tape, and pull them into the glove box.


Strip the ends off of the wires that you just pulled into the glove box. Using your wiring harness, match wires color for color between the harness and the wires from your dash. After finding a match between the dash wires and the harness, twist the two wires together, and add wire cap so that they don't come apart. Crimp the end of the cap if you need additional stability. Continue this until you match all of the wires possible. You might have a few that won't have matches, and for these just add wire caps to cover any exposed ends.


Plug the wiring harness into the aftermarket radio, and insert the radio into the mounting brackets. There will generally be a small screw hole on each side that allows you to secure the aftermarket radio into the mounting brackets.


Return the factory radio to the dash.


Re-connect your battery, and test the radio.

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About the Author

Bryan Clark has been a freelance writer since 2002. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "USA Today" and the U.K.'s biggest paper—"The Guardian," amongst other, smaller publications.

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