How to Replace the Radio in a Honda CR-Vby Russell Wood
The CR-V is Honda's small SUV, designed to take four people comfortably around both on- and off-road. Like most other vehicles, it comes with a standard stereo. But it can break, or maybe it lacks features you want, in which case you can replace it fairly easily on your own. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2000 Honda CR-V.
Locate the interior knee panel on the driver's side, just below the steering wheel. Remove the two Phillips-head screws, using the Phillips-head screwdriver, then pull the panel away from the dash, using your hands to release the clips.
Move to the passenger side of the vehicle and open the glove box. Hold the sides of the glove box and push the sides in to allow the box to drop down. Remove the two Phillips-head screws on the left side of the glove box opening, using the Phillips-head screwdriver.
Locate the small interior pocket at the bottom of the center of the dash. Use the interior clip removal tool to pop off the clips on either side of the panel, and then remove it from the dash.
Grab the plastic panel below the stereo and slowly pull it away from the dashboard. The panel is held to the dash by the wiring for the cigarette lighter, so disconnect it using your hands, and then pull the panel completely away from the dash.
Locate the two Phillips-head screws and two 8-millimeter bolts on either side of the stereo, which were hidden by the panel you removed in Step 4. Remove them, using a Phillips-head screwdriver and the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket, and then pull the stereo panel away from the dashboard. Unplug the wiring harness and antenna lead from the back, using your hands.
Unbolt the stereo from the stereo panel, using the 1/4-inch ratchet and socket. Slide the factory stereo out of the stereo panel, then install the replacement stereo in its place using the same hardware and tools. Plug the wiring harness and antenna lead into the back of the stereo, and then place the assembly back in the dash.
Reassemble the dashboard in the reverse order of disassembly.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Interior clip removal tool
- 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set
- Replacement stereo
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.