How to Install a Car CD Player on a Ford

Written by jule pamplin
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Ford has a wide variety of options for its vehicles' stereos. From DVD navigation to satellite radio, you can outfit your car or truck with a system suited to your own needs and tastes. Save yourself the cost of labour by installing a CD player yourself.

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Things you need

  • Ford DIN removal tools
  • Faceplate installation kit
  • 10mm socket or 10mm wrench

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  1. 1

    Using a 10mm socket and ratchet, or a 10mm wrench, remove the bolt connecting the black negative cable clamp on your Ford's battery to the lead. This is a safety must when doing anything involved with a vehicle's electrical system.

  2. 2

    Find the two holes aligned vertically on both sides of the radio unit. Insert the Ford DIN removal tools into both of these holes until they lock into place.

  3. 3

    Pull the Ford DIN removal tools outward (to release the spring-loaded latches) and then toward you. The old stereo will slide forward. Pull the stereo out until you can access the connecting wire groups in the back of the stereo.

  4. 4

    Use your hand to pull out the connecting wire groups at the rear of the stereo unit. The groups connect the stereo to the battery, amplifier, speakers and antenna.

  5. 5

    Insert and slide the faceplate installation kit into place, making sure to feed the wire groups through the back. It will click into place when fully seated. This will allow the new CD player to be seated in the stereo dock, as your new unit will not have the Ford DIN tool bracket.

  6. 6

    Connect the wire groups to the new CD player (order of connection doesn't matter).

  7. 7

    Slide the new CD player into the faceplate installation kit frame until fully seated.

  8. 8

    Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery, closing the clamp to a snug fit around the lead.

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