Radically improve the audio quality of your vehicle by installing a Pioneer car stereo. Aftermarket car stereos are the perfect way to transform a car's stock system into something that you have always dreamed of. Installation is not difficult. This tutorial is important to anyone who wants to learn how to improve his stock audio system and customise his car.
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Things you need
- Pioneer Stereo
- Socket Wrench
- Flat Head Screw Driver
- After Market Wiring Harness
- Dash Kit
- Wire Splitters
- Electrical Tape
Put your car in neutral. Using a socket wrench, disconnect the negative car battery terminal. Remove the audio fuse. Consult your car's owners manual to see which fuses go with what.
Remove the stock radio. Look for screws and pieces that will pop off. Inspect your car's moulding for cracks and crevices that will allow access to the radio. Use a flat head screw driver to pry the dash off. Some dashes require a special tool to open up the moulding. Be careful when doing this. If you are not able to remove the radio, take it to a car audio specialist.
Disconnect the car radio head unit wiring. Press firmly on the tab, then pull it apart. Purchase an after-market head unit wiring harness from a car audio store that you will use later to connect to your stereo.
Disconnect the antenna. Use pliers to get a firm grip on the wire. The antenna wire is a thick black cord and it may take some extra force to remove it. Be patient and take your time.
Disassemble the stock radio dash kit and install the Pioneer radio into the kit, using the screws and parts supplied with the stereo. Take the dash kit inside your house or to a place with light so you can see more easily. You are also less apt to lose screws.
Connect the wires from the Pioneer radio to the aftermarket wiring harness. Match up the colours to each other. Use wire splitters to get more wire exposed. When the wires are connected, wrap the exposed connections tightly with electrical tape.
Plug in the Pioneer wiring harness to the factory wiring harness. Take the antenna cord and plug that in as well. Make sure everything is connected and secure.
Reconnect the battery and fuse. Turn on your radio and listen to see if everything is clear and that sound is coming from all four speakers. If there is a problem, recheck the connections.
Mount the head unit into your dash and reassemble the dash moulding. Make sure all the screws are tight. If anything is loose, the CD may skip. Adjust the equaliser and frequency settings to your taste.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure the battery terminal and the audio fuse are disconnected during installation.