How to Remove a Car Stereo

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You can remove your old car stereo and install a new one with just a few simple tools and a little hard work. Removing a car stereo yourself also saves you the money you would otherwise pay a professional. Here's how to do it.

Review your car's owner's manual to see if it has any tips on removing the current stereo. It may have a diagram of the wiring and the area where the stereo is installed.

Disconnect the battery to avoid an electrical short while working with the wiring.

Use a screwdriver to remove the retaining screws holding in your car stereo. Grab hold of the stereo and pull it toward you to remove it from the dashboard.

Get a pair of DIN tools to slip on either side of the stereo, if the stereo connects to the dash using spring clips and bolts. These thin tools slide in easily, release the clips, and allow the stereo to come out easily. You may need to remove dash panels when bolts hold in the stereo. Take out the bolts and screws that hold the stereo in, and then simply pull it out.

Look at the wires on the back of your car stereo. You should see 2 wires attached to the stereo. A wiring clip protects the stereo from vibrations and holds the wiring harness steady.

Pry the wires up from the stereo and loosen them using a pulling/pushing motion. After working the wires back and forth, you should be able to pull the wires straight out.

Tip

  • check Call a radio installation technician if you need help. They can give you necessary advice to get you started on your car stereo removal project.

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