How to Remove a CRV Radio

Updated March 23, 2017

With its vertically mounted gearshift handle and high-mounted radio, the Honda CR-V has a dash set-up different from most vehicles. Despite the design, the CR-V's radio is not a pain to remove. A simple air-vent panel is all that separates you from the radio bolts. Expect removing the radio in the Honda CR-V to take 10 to 15 minutes. The removal procedure is applicable to all second-generation CR-V models (2002 to 2006), regardless of trim level.

Use a pair of pliers to loosen the nut around the negative battery cable. Slide the cable away to unhook it. This ensures your safety when handling the radio components.

Find the two Phillips-head screws beneath the centre dash-air vents. Remove them with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Grasp the air vents firmly and pull them away from the dash. These vents are connected to the radio-surround panel. Clips hold on the top part of the panel. Once the vents are off, move your hand up to the top and pull firmly to disengage the clips and remove the entire panel.

Remove the four 8mm bolts from the corners of the radio. You can also use a socket wrench or Phillips-head screwdriver. Slide the radio forward to access the rear. Unplug the wiring harnesses and antenna lead on the back.


If you plan on reusing or selling the radio, make sure you know the antitheft code before unhooking the battery. This locks the radio. You'll need to enter the code to reactivate it. The antitheft code is included with the owner's manual case. If you do not know your antitheft code, you may be able to retrieve it. Visit the Honda Resource website for assistance.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Socket wrench (optional)
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