How to Install a CD Changer in a Ford Radio

Written by jule pamplin
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Multi-disc changers afford car audio enthusiasts with the ability to listen to a variety of music for hours, without the hassle of having to change discs. To install a CD changer, you first need to choose a location to store the unit. A common location is the boot of your Ford car or behind the seat of your Ford truck. You can choose to have your CD changer installed by a technician at an aftermarket retailer, or you can do it yourself and avoid paying the labour cost.

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Ford DIN removal tools
  • Patch cables
  • Wiring harness adaptor
  • Trim panel tools

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative grounding cable from the Ford battery using a Phillips head screwdriver. Unscrew the cable's clamp bolt and remove the clamp from the negative battery lead.

  2. 2

    Insert the DIN removal tools into the slots on the face of the radio.

  3. 3

    Pull the DIN tools outward and toward you (away from the dash) to remove the stereo.

  4. 4

    Disconnect the wiring groups from the back of the Ford stereo by hand.

  5. 5

    Connect the wiring groups to a wiring harness adaptor. The wiring groups are for the antenna, the amplifier, the speakers and the power supply. Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the corresponding outlets on the Ford's stereo.

  6. 6

    Connect the patch cables to the wiring harness adaptor and run the patch cables to the location of the CD changer. Use a trim panel tool to remove the panels in the door openings holding the Ford's carpeting to the floor of the vehicle. Place the cables beneath the carpeting. Replace the panels by hand with a medium amount of force.

  7. 7

    Replace the Ford's stereo into the stereo dock. Remove the DIN removal tools.

  8. 8

    Connect the patch cables to their outlets on the CD changer.

  9. 9

    Reconnect the negative battery cable to the negative lead post of the Ford's battery. Place the clamp around the lead post and screw in the bolt, tightening the clamp using a Phillips head screwdriver

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