How to Remove a Pioneer Car Radio

by Russell Wood

Installing a new car stereo into your vehicle can be a positive experience, as you'll be improving the sound quality of your current system, plus adding functionality depending on the model of stereo. But if you've already got a Pioneer stereo in your vehicle and you need to take it out, the job is simple to do and shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. In this case, the project vehicle is a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado with an aftermarket Pioneer CD player installed, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.

Remove the trim ring that goes around the stereo using your hands. This is held in place by clips and easily pulls off.

Insert the extraction keys into the sides of the stereo. There are two small slots in the middle of the vertical sides of the stereo where the keys slide into place. Once you push them in, they should make a clicking sound, indicating that they're secured.

Pull on the extraction keys to pull the stereo out of the dashboard. The keys will free the stereo from the locks on the side of the cage that holds the deck in place.

Hold the stereo in one hand and unplug the wiring harness and antenna lead from the back of the stereo using your hands.

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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.