How to Make a Ford Radio Removal Tool

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How to Make a Ford Radio Removal Tool
Radio removal (Wolfsburg1984/iStock/Getty Images)

Many Ford vehicles of the 1990s and the 2000s feature radios that are removed from the dash with the use of a "DIN tool,: (sometimes known as a Ford radio removal tool). These tools are simple pieces of U-shaped wire, the tips of which are inserted into a pair of holes on each side of the radio's faceplate. Although they are inexpensive and readily available, you may enjoy fabricating your own homemade tool.

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Things you need

  • Coat hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • File

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  1. 1

    Cut an eight-inch piece of wire from a metal coat hanger, using a pair of heavy wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Bend the wire into the shape of U, with the legs of the U one and three-quarter inches apart. The tips of the U should be even with each other.

  3. 3

    File the ends of the tips of the U into points with a file. The points do not have to be sharp: a relatively blunt tip is fine.

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