How to Remove the Radio in a 2002 Ford Explorer

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski,

The Explorer is a mid-size sport utility vehicle sold by Ford Motor Company. Removing the factory radio will allow you to install the aftermarket stereo of your choice. The Ford Explorer has an identical radio setup as its sister vehicle, the Mercury Mountaineer, and can be removed in the same manner. Ford radios are not difficult to remove, but removal does require a special tool.

Step 1

Purchase a Ford radio hook tool. Ford factory radios have a special setup that is best serviced by the hook tool. Most audio shops or electronics stores keep the tool in stock. The tool is usually available for less than $10.

Step 2

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the pliers. The negative battery cable must be disconnected to prevent electrical shock.

Step 3

Use the tool to unhook the four clips inside each corner of the radio. The clips hold the radio bezel in place. Remove the radio surround when the clips are free.

Remove the four screws mounting the radio into the dash. Pull the radio halfway out, and disconnect the antennae cable and the wiring harness from the rear.


  • When reinstalling the radio surround, simply push the assembly back into the dash. The clips will automatically lock. The tool is not required to reattach the radio surround to the dash.


  • Using a hooked wire not specifically made for Ford radios can damage the clips in your radio bezel.

Items you will need

  • Pliers
  • Ford radio removal tool
  • Screwdriver

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