How to Remove the Radio From a Toyota Solaraby Nichole Liandi
Toyota's Solara comes equipped from the factory with a stereo as a standard feature. If you're an audio enthusiast who owns a Solara, you may want to replace the existing radio with a high-performance aftermarket stereo but are intimidated by the thought of removing the factory radio. Fortunately, removing the factory radio doesn't require expensive tools or specialized knowledge, and it can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time.
Remove any CDs or tapes from the factory radio while the power is still on.
Set the parking brake for your vehicle and turn the power off. Disconnect the negative battery cable by loosening the bolt on the battery clamp with an adjustable wrench.
Pry off the air vent located over the radio with your panel tool. Pull the air vent straight back to remove, and set it aside.
Remove two 10mm bolts that were exposed by the removal of the air vent with your 10mm socket and driver.
Open the center console. Pull up on the console's trim panel to release the clips holding it in place. Remove the trim panel and set it aside.
Open the storage door in the center of the dash. Pry the compartment out by pulling from the sides. Unplug the wiring harnesses connected to the rear and remove the compartment, setting it aside.
Remove the two 10mm bolts exposed by the removal of the storage compartment.
Pull the radio out, and unplug the wiring harnesses connected to the back.
- Car Stereo Cookbook; Mark Rumerich; 2005
Things You'll Need
- Adjustable wrench
- Panel tool
- 10mm socket and driver
Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.