How to Wire the Stereo in a Nissan 200SX

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How to Wire the Stereo in a Nissan 200SX
200SX radio housings do not need much adaptation to install an aftermarket stereo. (autoradio 2 image by Nathalie P from

The Nissan 200SX was a name given to designate the two-door version of the Nissan Sentra. It came equipped with a stereo including the features of an AM/FM receiver and cassette player. Many people have now upgraded to digital media to listen to and store their music. Aftermarket stereos are available with the most up-to-date features, and can be installed in a 200SX simply by removing the dash trim panel and adapting the wiring.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wire connection adaptor

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  1. 1

    Loosen and remove the negative terminal of the car battery, with an adjustable wrench. this is always recommended when working with car electronincs.

  2. 2

    Pry the plastic cover between the hazard and defrost switches off, using a flat head screwdriver. Remove the Phillips screw located underneath. Pry the radio trim dash panel off with a flat head screwdriver until you are able to remove it with your hands. Unclip the hazard and defrost switch wire connections.

  3. 3

    Remove the four Phillips screws securing the radio. Pull the radio assembly out of the dashboard. Remove the screws securing the stereo to its brackets. Disconnect the wiring from the back of the radio.

  4. 4

    Install the new radio in the brackets and replace the screws.

  5. 5

    Attach the wire harness of the new stereo to a wire connection adaptor, specific to a Nissan 200SX. Snap the connectors into place.

  6. 6

    Attach the wire harness of the Nissan 200SX to the other end of the wire connection adaptor. Snap the connectors into place.

  7. 7

    Insert the black radio antenna cable into the radio antenna port on the rear of the new stereo.

  8. 8

    Slide the assembled unit into the console of the 200SX. Reattach the Phillips screws. Reconnect the defrost and hazard wiring. Replace the radio trim panel. Reattach the negative cable to the car battery terminal. Turn on the new stereo to test that the wiring was successful.

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