How to make a VW radio removal tool

Written by russell wood
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Swapping out a factory-installed stereo to a car is a common upgrade. But even though installing a stereo is a relatively simple task, getting out the old deck can sometimes be a problem. Most Volkswagens need a special tool to remove the stereo. This tool is costly, but if you're in a bind and you need to get the stereo out immediately, making your own set of tools is easy to do.

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Things you need

  • Two 1-foot section of 1/8-inch steel dowel
  • Bench-mounted grinder

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  1. 1

    Place the end of the steel dowel onto the grinder. Keep the dowel at a sharp angle--you're going to grind a shallow angle into the dowel.

  2. 2

    Roll the dowel around on the bench grinder, forming a tapered point in the dowel. Don't make a point, but just taper down the rod. Do this for each end of each rod.

  3. 3

    Bend the rod around your knee, forming a "u" shape in the steel.

  4. 4

    Place one of each section of dowelling into the stereo. There are two vertical holes on either side of the stereo; place the U-shaped tool into the holes so that it forms two handles.

  5. 5

    Push the handles in until it releases the side clips that hold the stereo in place. This will cause the stereo to pop out a small amount, which is enough for you to grab the stereo by the sides and pull it out of the car.

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