The Honda Accord's factory-installed stereo is mounted into the dash of the vehicle, behind the dash panel in the centre of the dashboard. The need may arise to remove the stereo for repairs or to replace the unit. To add an external device, you will also need to remove the stereo to access the outlets in the rear of the radio. Instead of having the stereo removed by a professional audio technician, perform the removal yourself--even if you have little previous experience.
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Things you need
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Trim panel removal tool
Remove the negative battery cable from the Accord's negative battery lead. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the cable's clamp. Place the cable aside.
Pry the clock in the centre of the dash trim panel from the dashboard with a flathead screwdriver. The screwdriver will fit into the gap between the edge of the clock housing panel and the dash trim panel.
Pull the clock housing from the panel by hand and pull the power supply cable from the back of the clock. Set the clock aside until reinstallation.
Remove the screw in the rear of the dash opening (left by the removed clock) with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Remove the two screws on the bottom edge of the dash trim panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Pull the dash trim panel (that surrounds the stereo) away from the dash by hand. Start at the bottom edge and pull the panel from the dash. Work your hands around the perimeter to remove the panel.
Disconnect the wiring from the Accord to the climate control knobs. Once removed, the dash trim panel will be free from the dash. Place the panel aside until reinstallation.
Remove the four screws near the corners of the stereo mounting bracket. The screws can be removed with a Phillips-head screwdriver or 8mm wrench.
Pull the stereo from the dash by grabbing both sides of the deck and sliding it from the dash with equal force on both sides. Pull the stereo far enough to gain access to the rear wiring connecting the radio to the Honda.
Pull the wiring from the back of the stereo. The antenna and power supply cables can be pulled by hand. The speaker wires will be grouped by a plastic wire binder. Pull the speaker wires by the binder, not the wires themselves.
Tips and warnings
- Leave the grounding cable disconnected from the negative lead post of the Honda's battery until your work is finished. If you plan to reinstall the stereo after repairs or install another unit, connecting components with the grounding cable connected can lead to shock or a short in the electrical system.
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