How to Replace a CD Player in a Cadillac DeVille

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If you own a Cadillac Deville and you want to replace the factory stereo with an aftermarket CD player, you can have the unit installed professionally or you can do it yourself to save time and money. Purchase the necessary adaptors for the stereo wiring and antenna cables and obtain the tools to remove the factory stereo. Even if you are inexperienced, you can have the new CD player installed in less than 30 minutes.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Trim panel removal tool
  • Faceplate adaptor
  • Wiring harness adaptor
  • GM antenna adaptor

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  1. 1

    Lift the Cadillac's bonnet and remove the negative cable from the battery terminal. Set the cable aside and move to the inside of the vehicle.

  2. 2

    Pry the trim panel surrounding the stereo away from the dashboard with the trim panel removal tool. Set the panel aside. Press the tabs on either side of the stereo bracket to release the unit from the stereo dock. Pull the stereo from the DeVille's dashboard dock far enough to reach the wiring connected to the back of the head unit.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the stereo wiring and antenna cable lead from the outlets on the rear panel of the stereo. Set the stock head unit aside. Slide the faceplate adaptor into the empty stereo mounting dock. Pull the stereo wiring and antenna cable to the front of the dash.

  4. 4

    Plug the stereo wiring connectors into the wiring harness adaptor leads. Insert the antenna cable lead into the GM antenna adaptor. Plug the wiring harness adaptor lead connectors and the GM antenna adaptor lead into the corresponding outlets on the back of the new CD player.

  5. 5

    Slide the CD player into the faceplate adaptor until it locks into the stereo dock. Replace the trim panel around the stereo assembly and press around its edges to snap it back onto the DeVille's dashboard.

  6. 6

    Reattach the negative cable's clamp on the negative battery terminal. Tighten the bolt on the clamp with the wrench and close the Cadillac's bonnet.

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