How to Remove a Tape Player From a Mini

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How to Remove a Tape Player From a Mini
It is fairly easy to work on the Mini Cooper. (yellow mini cooper headlight image by MAXFX from

Featured in the 2003 film "The Italian Job," the Mini Cooper is a British-designed hatchback with a compact and stylish body design. The tape player is built into the stereo, at the Mini Cooper's centre console. In order to remove the tape player, the stereo will need to be removed before a new stereo or a CD player can be installed. Removing the Mini's stereo also requires the removal of some parts of the centre console.

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Things you need

  • T20 Torx Screwdriver
  • Crosshead screwdriver
  • Trim removal tool

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  1. 1

    Detach the gear gator piece and black cover from the centre console by prying at them with a trim removal tool.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws from the cup holder with a crosshead screwdriver, counterclockwise, and also remove both screws found under the cup holder.

  3. 3

    Remove both screws from the sides of the solver pillars using a T20 Torx screwdriver. Both silver pillars are located at the sides of the stereo.

  4. 4

    Pull the centre console upwards and pull the silver pillars downwards to remove them from the Mini.

  5. 5

    Remove all four screws found at the sides of the Mini's stereo using a crosshead screwdriver, and unplug the wiring and aerial from behind the stereo to remove it from the Mini Cooper.

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