The Kia Rondo's standard stereo unit, while comparable to the factory installed stereos of other vehicles in its class, lacks the power and capability of many aftermarket units. Rondo owners can upgrade to a variety of head units that will provide the signal strength and flexibility car audio enthusiasts crave. You can take your Kia to an aftermarket audio supplier for an upgrade, or you can purchase a new deck and install it yourself.
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Things you need
- Adjustable wrench
- Trim panel removal tool
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Installation sleeve
- Flat screwdriver
- Wiring harness adaptor
Lift the Kia's bonnet and disconnect the grounding cable from the negative battery terminal. Loosen the cable with the wrench and remove the cable from the terminal while you install your new stereo.
Pry the trim panel surrounding the gear selector from the dashboard with a trim panel removal tool. Set the panel aside.
Remove the two screws above the gear selector lever with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Remove the dash panel surrounding the stereo assembly and set it aside. Remove the four screws, two on each side, from the stereo mounting bracket with the screwdriver. Slide the stereo from the dashboard dock and disconnect the stereo wiring and antenna cable from the back of the stock unit.
Slide the installation sleeve provided with the new stereo deck into the stereo dock. Fold the metal tabs at the entrance of the sleeve with the flat screwdriver to secure the sleeve in place within the dock. Pull the stereo wiring and antenna cable from the back of the dock to the front of the dashboard.
Plug the stereo wiring leads into the wiring harness adaptor. Plug the wiring harness adaptor lead connectors into the corresponding leads on the rear panel of the new stereo deck. Plug the antenna cable into the FM antenna input on the back of the aftermarket head unit. Slide the new stereo into the sleeve until it snaps into place in the stereo dock.
Replace the trim panel around the stereo assembly and screw in the two screws at the bottom of the panel with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Place the trim panel around the gear selector and press firmly against the panel to snap to back into place. Return to the battery.
Place the grounding cable clamp back around the negative battery terminal. Tighten the cable's clamp to the post with the wrench. Close the Kia's bonnet.
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