How to Remove a Corolla Radio

Updated March 23, 2017

The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling compact cars on the market. The Corolla is praised for its reliability and excellent resale value; however, it is not praised for its high-quality factory stereo. Learn to remove the Corolla radio for 1995 to 2000 models and 2001 to 2008 models.

Unhook the negative battery cable before beginning.

Remove the dash panel surrounding the factory radio (including the air vents). The panel is only attached by clips so it's pretty simple to remove. Use a pry tool to pry the bottom part of the panel out. Once the bottom is out, pull on the entire panel to remove it.

Remove the four screws from the factory radio. They are bolt-screws, so you can also use a socket wrench. Once the screws are off, pull the radio out and disconnect the wiring harness and antenna cable.

Unhook the negative battery cable before beginning.

Grab the woodgrain panel surrounding the gear lever. Pull straight up on the panel to unsnap it from the gear lever.

Pull off the air conditioning control knob (the one in the middle of the controls). Remove the screw made visible when the knob is removed.

Insert your fingers into the air conditioning control knob cavity to gain control of the air conditioning panel. Pull on the panel to remove it from the dash. Once the panel is removed, unhook the harnesses from behind it.

Remove the four 10mm bolts directly below the radio. You will be able to see them once the air conditioning panel is removed. Once the bolts are removed, pull out the radio and the air vent panel (they are attached). Disconnect the antenna cable from behind the radio and unplug the wiring harness. Snap the radio out of the vent panel.


Make sure you don't lose any screws, bolts or panels. Without every piece of hardware, it will be difficult to reinstall your radio.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Pry tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
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