How to Remove the Radio from a Mini Cooper

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If you're a Mini Cooper owner, you can effectively upgrade the audio system of your Mini by removing the existing, factory-installed radio and replacing it with an aftermarket radio. Removing the stock radio is the first step, something you can accomplish with hand tools in just a short amount of time, even if you have no previous experience in car audio.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Panel tool
  • Torx T33 driver
  • Phillips screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pry downward on the top edge of the driver's-side knee panel with a panel tool, on both sides of the steering wheel. Let the panel hang down when the top is loose.

  2. 2

    Remove two T33 screws from the panel on the left side of the radio with a Torx T33 driver. Open the glove box and remove two T33 screws from the panel on the right side of the radio.

  3. 3

    Remove two Phillips screws from the bottom of the cupholder. Lift the cupholder out.

  4. 4

    Pry around the edge of the mirror adjustment switch with a panel tool. Remove two Phillips screws from underneath.

  5. 5

    Slide the cup holder and gear lever assembly backwards. This will remove the trim from around the radio at the same time.

  6. 6

    Loosen and remove four Phillips screws from the sides of the radio. Pull the radio out and disconnect the plugs on the back.

Tips and warnings

  • Auto-parts stores carry panel tools.

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