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How to Remove the Radio in a Hyundai Sonata

by Jule Pamplin

For 25 years, Hyundai's Sonata has been a staple in the mid-sized sedan vehicle category. Over the years the stereo system has seen its fair share of upgrades ranging from CD players to Mp3 capable stereo decks. If you want to replace your factory radios with aftermarket units or repair your stereo system; you can choose to have the radio removed by an audio technician, or you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.


Disconnect the negative battery cable (or grounding cable) from the Hyundai battery. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the cable's clamp. Remove the clamp from the negative battery lead and rest it away from the battery.


Open the glove box to access the dash trim retaining screws. Remove the screws located at the top of the glove box opening with a Phillips head screwdriver. Pull the dash trim strip from the dashboard revealing the stereo mounting screws.


Remove the two screws at the bottom of the stereo using a Phillips head screwdriver.


Remove the two screws at the bottom of the two dash panels on either side of the stereo with a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the panels to reveal the two screws on either side of the stereo. Remove the screws that hold the stereo into the stereo mounting bracket.


Pull the Sonata's radio from the dash far enough to access the wiring connected to the rear of the unit.


Pull the wire groups from the rear of the stereo. Grab the four groups (antenna, speakers, power supply, and amplifier) by the plastic wire binders, not the wires themselves. Pull the stereo completely from the dash of the Hyundai.


  • Leave the grounding cable disconnected from the battery if you plan to install another stereo or reinstall the radio before operating the vehicle.

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About the Author

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.

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