How to Make a Ford Radio Removal Tool

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Coat hanger
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • File
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Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.