How to Remove a Kenwood Stereo

Written by nichole liandi
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One of the fun things about working with car audio is the ability to revamp your system as time goes on. You can change speakers, upgrade amplifiers, add accessories or modify your system in a variety of ways. But if you're changing your previous car stereo to a new one, you'll need to know how to take the old one out. The method for taking out a Kenwood car stereo is typical of what you'll do for most other brands.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Small crescent wrench
  • Small knife
  • DIN tools

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  1. 1

    Turn off your car, set the parking brake and remove the negative battery terminal from the battery using a small crescent wrench. This will prevent an accidental short circuit while the radio is removed.

  2. 2

    Remove the plastic trim ring from around the face of the radio. The best method is to take a small knife blade, slide it underneath one of the corners and carefully pry until the ring pops off.

  3. 3

    Take a set of DIN tools (small, thin-bladed tools with hooks on the end) and slide them into the slot openings on either side of the radio. DIN tools are supplied with the radio. If you don't have them, check at an auto electronics store or try using a pair of thin-bladed knives.

  4. 4

    Push the DIN tools in simultaneously until you feel a distinct click on each side. Carefully pull the DIN tools towards you and the radio should begin to slide out.

  5. 5

    Slide the radio all the way out until you can see the plugs in the back. You'll have at least a radio plug and a wiring harness with multiple colour-coded wires. There may be other plugs and wires if you have options such as a CD changer or satellite radio connected. Disconnect the plugs and pull the radio out.

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