How to Remove a Jetta Factory Stereo

by Jule Pamplin

The Volkswagen Jetta, since its creation in 1979, has been duly renowned for its automotive prowess. In keeping with traditional German auto-making priorities, many of the creature comforts found within competitor's vehicles were overlooked and underdeveloped. More recently, Volkswagen has made interior comforts, such as car stereos, more of a priority. Still, when the factory-installed stereo is in need of replacement or when the level of performance desired by the Jetta owner can only be found in an aftermarket unit, the stereo must be removed.

Open the hood of the Jetta. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the Volkswagen's battery using the 10mm wrench. The negative battery cable connects the negative lead post on the battery to the frame of the Jetta.

Lay the negative battery cable away from the battery until the removal is completed.

Insert the Volkswagen radio removal tools (or keys) into the slots on either side of the face of the factory stereo. The tools will click into place one they are fully seated.

Pull both tools with even force away from the dashboard. The Volkswagen Jetta stereo will slide from the mounting dock. Pull the radio far enough so that you can reach the wiring connected to the rear of the stereo.

Disconnect the wiring attached to the rear of the factory-installed stereo. The antenna, the power supply and the group of wires attached to the vehicle's speakers can all be pulled from the radio by hand, in any order.


  • check If you plan to operate the Jetta before installing a new stereo, reconnect the negative battery cable to the vehicle's battery. If you plan to install a new stereo before operating the vehicle, leave that negative battery cable disconnected until the installation is complete.

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About the Author

Jule Pamplin has been a copywriter for more than seven years. As a financial sales consultant, Pamplin produced sales copy for two of the largest banks in the United States. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, winning a meritorious scholarship for the Careers in Applied Science and Technology program, and later served in the 1st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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