How to Remove a Car Radio on a Mazda

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How to Remove a Car Radio on a Mazda
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The stock stereo in most cars offers few enhancements, and the older the car gets, the older the technology in the stereo tends to be. Aftermarket decks offered today have Bluetooth, navigation or even DVD capabilities; a stark contrast to stock tape decks. But before you install a new deck, you first have to remove the stock model. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2003 Mazda MP3, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.

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Things you need

  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Mazda radio removal tools

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  1. 1

    Locate the plastic plugs on the outside edges of the stock stereo. Remove the plugs using a flathead screwdriver, which will reveal two holes stacked on top of each other per side.

  2. 2

    Place one radio removal tool into one side of the stereo, sliding the ends of the tool into the holes revealed in step 1. Repeat this process for the other side of the stereo, pushing both in until you hear a clicking sound.

  3. 3

    Hold the radio removal tools in each hand and push them toward the centre of the stereo. Pull the deck out by the tools, until it's free of the dashboard.

  4. 4

    Steady the stereo in one hand and disconnect the wiring harness and antenna lead using the other hand. Then remove the stereo from the vehicle.

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