How to Remove a Hyundai Elantra Car Stereo System

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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The Elantra is Hyundai's entry-level sedan. Like many other entry-level vehicles, it comes with a no-frills stereo system. Removing the Hyundai Elantra's car stereo allows you to upgrade the system with an aftermarket unit. The Elantra's stereo is a single-DIN unit attached to a storage compartment, which increases the total cavity size to double-DIN. Because of this set-up, you'll have no trouble installing a double-DIN radio if you choose to do so. The process is the same in all Hyundai Elantras, model-year 2001 to 2006.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Phillips head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the bonnet and unhook the negative battery cable (--) before beginning. This prevents an accidental short circuit which could lead to electric shock.

  2. 2

    Open the ashtray compartment. Push in the inner ashtray clip to release the ashtray then remove it from the console.

  3. 3

    Remove the two Phillips head screws behind the ashtray.

  4. 4

    Grasp the dash panel surrounding the radio. Pull it sharply to unclip it from the dash. Unplug the emergency light switch from behind the panel then set the panel aside.

  5. 5

    Remove the four Phillips head screws surrounding the radio. Pull the stereo out of its mount and unplug the antenna cable and wiring harness.

Tips and warnings

  • Always disconnect the battery cable. Serious injury can occur when handling stereo wiring without unhooking the battery cable.

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