Audi: How to Install an Aftermarket Radio

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Audi: How to Install an Aftermarket Radio
Car stereos are among the most frequently customised car parts. (autoradio 2 image by Nathalie P from

Audi cars are produced by the German Audi corporation and are a midlevel luxury car. The factory-issue radio units in most Audis can be removed with special tools and adaptation kits, allowing Audi owners to install aftermarket stereo units in their cars. While most Audis come with CD players and AM/ FM receivers, aftermarket stereos can include features such as MP3 players and DVD capability, giving the owner many more entertainment options in his car.

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Things you need

  • Audi stereo removal keys
  • Audi wire harness adaptor
  • Audi faceplate adaptor

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  1. 1

    Remove the factory-issue radio unit. Insert the radio release keys--available from car audio retailers and Audi dealers--into the slots on the side of the radio face. Push them in until they click into position, holding the release clasps open. Gently pull the radio out of the housing in the dashboard.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the wiring from the radio to the car. Push the clasp on the side of the wire harness to release the connection and pull the ends apart. Pull out the black radio antenna cable from the rear of the radio. Place the factory-issue unit to one side.

  3. 3

    Mount the face plate adaptation kit to the slot in the dashboard you have removed the radio from. In most Audi dashboards, the faceplate will click into the vacant slots vacated by the radio-holding clasps. Ensure the wiring is coming through the gap in the faceplate for the stereo.

  4. 4

    Connect the Audi wire harness adaptor to the wire harness from the Audi and the wire harness connection on the aftermarket stereo. A wire harness is a port holding all the connections such as power, speakers and phone connections. Connect the matching ports to each other until the locking clasps click into place. Connect the black radio antenna cable to the radio antenna port on the aftermarket stereo.

  5. 5

    Test the unit by turning it on and checking all of the features functionality and interaction with the car speaker system. Pushing the wires in first, slide the unit into the housing on the faceplate adaptor until it clicks into place, or is fully inserted in the dashboard.

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