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How to Remove the Radio in a 2006 Hyundai Tucson

by Jule Pamplin

The 2006 Hyundai Tucson came with an AM-FM radio and CD player built into one component in the dashboard panel. You're welcome to replace your Hyundai factory stereo with an aftermarket head unit, or to add aftermarket components to the stock unit. Before you can connect the devices or install the new deck, though, you will need to remove the stock radio. Purchase the necessary tools and you should be able to remove the original Tucson radio in less than 30 minutes.

Step 1

Lift the Hyundai's hood to access the battery. Loosen the bolt that secures the negative battery cable clamp to the negative battery terminal post, using a battery wrench. Remove the cable from the battery and secure it aside. Move to the Tucson's interior.

Step 2

Gently remove the small access panel on the shaft of the gear selector lever, using a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the two screws for the shift handle, using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the gear shift knob and set it aside.

Step 3

Pry up the bezel around the shifter handle with a trim-removal tool. Remove the three screws found under the radio trim panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Step 4

Pry the trim round the radio and heater controls and place it aside. Remove the four screws at the corners of the stereo bracket.

Slide the head unit from the dash panel mounting dock. Disconnect the two stereo wiring connectors from the outlets on the back of the radio. Pull the antenna cable lead from the antenna outlet on the back of the radio. Installation is the reverse of removal. Snug all mounting screws.


  • If you'll be installing the same stock radio, you'll need the security code on hand. This is often found inside the owners manual. If you don't have the code, write down the serial number on the back of the radio and contact your local dealer to obtain the code.

Items you will need

  • Battery wrench
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Trim panel removal tool

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