How to Install a Stereo in a Honda CR-V

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How to Install a Stereo in a Honda CR-V
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The Honda CR-V was Honda's first SUV and a big hit with fans of the renowned Honda reliability. Older CR-Vs are likely starting to show their age when it comes to the stereo system, and installing a new head unit is a project you can do yourself. Using the right tools and parts makes this a perfect project for a Saturday afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 8mm socket

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery before starting this job. Write down the security code for the original head unit and put it somewhere safe.

  2. 2

    Open the glove box and push the stop pin on each side to allow it to swing out of the dash. Remove the two screws on the front left side of the glove box and the single screw in the center of the dash panel.

  3. 3

    Pull out the storage panel at the bottom of the center console and loosen the six screws hidden there. Remove the small trim piece at the bottom right side of the console and unsnap the console by pulling gently to release the clips.

  4. 4

    Remove the screw on the end of the long trim piece directly below the steering wheel. Lower the trim and unsnap the clips gently. Pull away any remaining trim from around the Honda CR-V stereo unit.

  5. 5

    Locate the two hex-head screws, located on either side of the stereo, and remove with an 8mm socket. Pull the frame out with the head unit and wiring. Unplug the wiring harness from the back of the stereo and push the stereo out through the front of the frame.

  6. 6

    Replace the original wiring harness with the new one by unclipping the original and snapping in the new harness. Connect the harness to the back of the head unit and reconnect the neutral terminal on the battery.

  7. 7

    Slide the head unit and frame into the dash, and turn the stereo on. Test each speaker before securing the trim and molding pieces back into place.

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