The radio in a Honda Civic is located in the centre of the dash to the right of the driver. Ever year, new radio units---called "head units"---are manufactured that would ordinarily make the factory components obsolete in terms of technology. However, this doesn't mean the factory radio is worthless. As long as all of the components in your Honda Civic are factory installed, then your system should work just fine. However, if the radio starts to malfunction with age, you'll need to know how to take it out and install a new radio in a Honda Civic.
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Things you need
- Socket wrench with socket set
- Screwdrivers (flat tip and Phillips head)
Disconnect the cable from the negative battery terminal. To do this, loosen the nut on the cable clamp until the clamp is loose enough to slide off the negative terminal.
Place the rag over the tip of the screwdriver to protect the surrounding trip and wedge the tip of the screwdriver behind the bezel surrounding the radio and heat and air conditioning modules.
Pry the bezel off the dash. There are several retaining clips that hold the bezel in place. Depending on your make and model of Civic, it could be four to six clips. Work your way around the bezel with the screwdriver to pry up all of the retaining clips and pull the bezel off.
Locate the retaining screws that hold the radio in place. There will typically be four of these, one in each corner of the radio unit. Remove these screws and pull the radio straight out of the dash.
Unplug the electrical connector in the back of the radio.
Plug the factory wiring into the new radio and install it into the dash. Installation is the reverse of removal.
Replace the bezel that covers the radio, heat and air-conditioning modules.
Reattach the cable to the negative terminal and re-tighten the cable clamp.
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