How to Install a CD Player in Hilux

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How to Install a CD Player in Hilux
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The Toyota Hilux includes a range of pickup trucks manufactured by the Japanese company around the world. The truck comes equipped with a pre-installed stereo, which incorporates a CD or cassette player and AM/FM receiver. Hilux owners who would like to have an aftermarket CD player head unit in their truck can install it by first removing the dashboard and old radio and then adapting the wiring.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 10mm socket wrench
  • 8mm socket wrench
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Wire harness adaptor

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the Hilux battery located under the bonnet. Twist the negative terminal with an adjustable wrench until the cable comes loose.

  2. 2

    Pry off the heater cover to reveal four Phillips screws. Remove the screws with the Phillips screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Remove the two Phillips screws above the speaker venting with the screwdriver, under the steering wheel. Take off the 10mm bolt on the left-hand side of the lower dash panel with the 10mm socket wrench. Remove the screws that sit above and below the brake handle. Remove two screws underneath the bonnet latch. Pull out the driver side of the lower dash panel.

  4. 4

    Take off the 10mm bolt on the right-hand side of the lower dash panel with the 10mm socket wrench. Remove the three screws on the top of the inside of the glove box with the screwdriver. Pull out the passenger side lower dash panel and remove the screw in the top left hand corner of the dash below.

  5. 5

    Pull off the plastics snaps located on each side of the centre dash panel. Pull out the centre dash panel.

  6. 6

    Remove the 8mm bolts securing the radio in place with an 8mm socket wrench. Disconnect the wire harnesses and the radio antenna cable.

  7. 7

    Connect the wire harnesses of both the Hilux and the new CD player -- located on the rear right hand side -- to a wire harness adaptor. Click the connections together. Plug the radio antenna cable into the slot on the left-hand side of the rear of the CD player.

  8. 8

    Push the stereo in the brackets into the slot until it clicks into place. Insert the housing into the dashboard. Secure the brackets in place with 8mm bolts. Put the dashboard back together. Reconnect the Hilux battery.

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