How to Remove the Radio in a 1998 Jeep Cherokeeby Jule Pamplin
The Jeep Cherokee comes equipped with a double-DIN stereo, meaning that it is larger than the more standard 2-inch by 7-inch head unit. Replacing the stereo means installing a new unit of similar size or incorporating a faceplate adapter to fit a smaller unit into the dashboard. Removing the factory radio is necessary to repair the radio, add connections for external devices, or to replace the stereo altogether. You can safely remove the radio with little previous car audio experience.
Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery using a 10mm wrench. The battery cable connects the negative battery terminal lead to the frame of the Cherokee. Loosen the bolt that holds the cable clamp to the lead post, and rest the cable away from the battery until your work is finished.
Remove the plastic dash panel that surrounds the stereo, the vents, and the climate control knobs. Place the trim panel tool between the dash panel and the larger dashboard paneling, and pry one corner of the smaller panel away from the dashboard. Reach your fingers into the space provided by the trim pry tool and pull the panel away from the dash.
Remove the two 10mm bolts located on either side of the now revealed stereo mounting bracket with the socket and drive.
Pull the radio away from the dashboard to access the wiring connections to the rear of the radio.
Disconnect the wiring from the vehicle to the stereo by hand. The speaker wires are grouped together by a white plastic binder; pull the binder away from the stereo to free the unit from the vehicle.
- Leave the negative battery cable disconnected from the negative terminal if you plan to reinstall the factory stereo or install an aftermarket unit. Only reconnect the negative battery cable once all of your work has been completed.
Things You'll Need
- 10mm wrench
- Trim panel removal tool
- 10mm socket and drive
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.