How to the Remove Radio in a Toyota Avalonby Chris Moore
A Toyota Avalon radio is bolted in place in the dashboard in order to prevent theft. If you want to replace the radio with a more updated stereo or an in-dash DVD player, you'll need to unbolt the old radio. The bolts are concealed by the dashboard's trim panels, and there can be one or two other objects you'll need to temporarily remove as well.
Shut off the power to the Avalon by disconnecting the negative battery cable.
Pry off the central register panel above the radio on the dash. Use a trim stick or a flathead screwdriver with tape wrapped around the blade. With the register panel gone, pry off the dash trim panel that surrounds the radio. Disconnect the electrical connector to the clock.
Remove the control panel for the air conditioner if it is blocking your way to the radio's mounting screws. Remove the front console trim over the air conditioning console, disconnect the mounting screws and remove the control panel.
Disconnect the mounting screws to the radio using a small hex wrench. Put the screws aside in case you can use them to install the new stereo or other device. Pull the radio out of its space to find the electrical connector and antenna lead in the rear of the unit.
Unplug the electrical connector and antenna lead, and remove the radio. These connectors will be used with any new radio or stereo that you'll install in the old radio's place.
- Chilton Toyota Repair Manual; 2005
Things You'll Need
- Trim stick
- Flathead screwdriver
- Masking or other adhesive tape
- Hex wrench
Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.