How to Install a Stereo in a VW Beetle

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Many owners of the VW Beetle take great efforts to customize the car and make it their own. One of the first changes many VW Beetle owners make is to upgrade the factory radio. Swapping out the factory head unit gives better sound quality and more features than the original unit. Replacing the stereo in a VW beetle is fast and easy with the right tool and about 30 minutes.

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Things you need

  • VW radio removal tool
  • VW radio mounting kit
  • Wiring harness adaptor

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  1. 1

    Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable. Secure the cable so that it can't come in contact with any metal parts.

  2. 2

    Slide the VW radio removal tools into the slots at the sides of the stereo. Apply pressure to the outside of the stereo while pulling forward. Listen for a click as the clips release and pull the head unit out of the VW Beetle dash.

  3. 3

    Mount the new stereo into the VW radio mounting kit per the manufacturer's instructions. Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the original harness and the VW antenna adaptor to the antenna wire. Plug the wiring harness adaptor and antenna adaptor into the new stereo. Slide the stereo into the dash, taking care not to crimp or pinch the wires.

  4. 4

    Replace the negative battery cable and turn the radio on. Verify all of the radio controls and the speakers are working correctly.

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