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How to Remove a 1994 Ford F150 Radio

by Jule Pamplin

The Ford F150 is one of the most widely sold vehicles in the world, and the most widely sold truck ever (according to Motor Trend). One characteristic of the Ford F150 truck and of most Ford vehicles is the procedure by which the factory-installed stereo is removed from the vehicle's dashboard. Ford uses a system that requires special tools to easily remove factory-installed radios for repair, augmentation or replacement. You can purchase the DIN removal keys online or at brick and mortar retail stores.

Step 1

Lift the hood of the Ford F150 truck and locate the vehicle's battery on the right side near the front of the engine compartment. Loosen the bolts that hold the negative battery cable to the negative terminal on the battery. Move the cable away from the battery until the radio removal is complete.

Step 2

Insert the DIN removal keys into the openings on either side of the Ford stereo's faceplate. The keys slide into the vertically aligned holes.

Step 3

Pull outward on the keys while pulling the radio toward you. The radio will slide from the dashboard. Pull the radio far enough so that you can reach the wiring connected to the rear of the unit.

Disconnect the wiring from the back of the radio. There are typically three connections made from the Ford to the radio: the antenna, the power supply from the battery and the speaker wires. There may be an aftermarket amplifier connected to the stereo; in that case, you will need to disconnect the patch cables from the radio as well.

Tip

  • Once the wiring is disconnected from the radio, pull the DIN removal keys from their slots.

Warning

  • Leave the negative battery cable disconnected from the battery until the radio is reinstalled or a new radio has been installed. Connecting and disconnecting electrical components with the negative battery cable connected to the battery can result in a short in the electrical system which can damage the components connected to the battery.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm wrench
  • DIN removal keys

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