Removing or replacing a car stereo is the kind of task that can have people giving up before they’ve even tried and running off to the car spares shop to pay someone else to do it. However, it is a seriously simple thing to do and you don’t even really need the special tools to do it. Once you’re in and you get the stereo out you may find you want to go further by replacing speakers or hooking up other audio accoutrements for your car.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Stereo removal tools
- Three flat, thin knives
- Thin-nosed pliers
- Flat head screwdriver
Pop the front plastic digital panel off to reveal the metal front of the stereo. Carefully tease the remaining plastic rim from the stereo. You don’t need special tools for this and it will come off with a gentle tug or after being prised with a flat head screw driver.
Take your stereo removal tools, or alternatively two flat and thin knives, and slide them down each side of the stereo, alongside the metal. The tools should encounter a little resistance, but this is good. You should then be able to slide the stereo out easily, but sometimes you may need to take further action.
Use thin-nosed pliers to grip the front of the stereo and pull towards you. You may have to wiggle it from side to side to ease it out. If it still isn’t moving, take another thin knife or flat head screwdriver and slide it all the way around the front of the stereo. There will be metal prongs keeping the stereo in place that need to be flattened in order for you to take it out. Then use the pliers again.
Once the stereo has been slid out, remove the connections from the back, first making sure one of the connections from your car battery has been removed to minimise the risk of a shock.
Tips and warnings
- When disconnecting a battery terminal be very careful not to touch the opposing terminal at the same time.
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