How to Remove a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Radioby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
If you want to replace the factory radio in your 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, you'll first need to remove it. The Eclipse's radio cavity is a Double-DIN space, but the factory CD player is a Single-DIN unit (the remaining DIN slot is filled with a storage compartment); this will allow you to easily install a Double-DIN stereo, if you want to. The process for removing the radio is the same in all 2000 to 2005 Eclipse models, which is referred to as the 3G Eclipse. Be aware of the anti-theft locking feature before you start, however--read the Warning section for more info on that.
Disconnect the negative battery cable with the pliers. This is a safety precaution that will prevent shock.
Remove the two Phillips screws on the underside of the air conditioning and heater control panel in front of the shift knob.
Grasp the bezel above the center air vents. Pull it away from the dash and unplug the connection behind it. This will expose the radio and its mounting screws.
Remove the four Phillips screws to free the radio. Pull it out slightly, then unplug the factory wiring harness.
- When the radio is removed, its anti-theft feature will lock it. You will need your four-digit radio unlock code to unlock it. The code is usually located in the glove box--if not, see your Mitsubishi dealer. If you are replacing the radio with a new one, of course, this is unnecessary.
Items you will need
- Phillips screwdriver
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