How to Remove a Stock Radio from a 2001 Subaru Outback Legacy

by Russell Wood

In 2001, Subaru was still installing tape decks in their Outback Legacy, even though cassette tapes were all but extinct. Should you want something more modern in your car, such as a CD player or an iPod hookup, you can do that by removing the stock deck and installing an aftermarket model. In the process, you can gain resale value for the vehicle and additional features previously not available in the car, such as navigation or Bluetooth.


Set the parking brake. Place the panel-removal tool in between the sides of the center console and the gear shifter. Push up on the tool to pop the panel free, then remove it from the car. Remove the screws at the base of the pocket just forward of the shifter using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the pocket out of the car.


Remove the ashtray from the dashboard. Remove the screw at the top of the ashtray using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the "On" position. Put your foot on the brake and shift the gear shifter into its lowest position. Pull the bezel around the radio and air-conditioning controls towards you to release the clips.


Unscrew the radio and climate controls from the dashboard using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the assembly out of the dashboard and unplug all of the wiring from the backside. Take the assembly to a work surface. Unscrew the radio from the assembly using the Phillips-head screwdriver.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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