How to Replace a Radio With GPS & FM Radio on the Honda CR-V

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How to Replace a Radio With GPS & FM Radio on the Honda CR-V
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The Honda CR-V is an SUV produced by the Japanese company. It comes with a double DIN sized radio housing, which allows a double DIN size aftermarket stereo to be installed. Features which come in the larger aftermarket units include GPS navigation aids and AM/FM receivers. You need to use wire harness adaptors to adapt the wiring of the aftermarket unit to work in the CR-V. The GPS additionally needs to have an antenna installed where it can receive a signal.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Honda CR-V wire harness

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the SUV battery.

  2. 2

    Remove the old radio. Remove the Phillips screws under the vents on the centre console. Unclip the centre console trim panel. Remove the screws securing the radio. Pull the radio out of the housing. Disconnect the wire harness and the radio antenna cable.

  3. 3

    Prepare the CR-V's wire harness. Attach the CR-V wiring harness to the new radio using a wire harness adaptor. Ensure that the wiring is in the correct positions in the car harness, according to the radio manufacturer's instructions. A blue wire in the centre of the harness designates the speed sensor. Run a cable from the back of the wire harness to the green wire in the white harness attached to the brake pedal. This is the parking sensor.

  4. 4

    Run the GPS antenna cable from the back of the unit into the dashboard and out under the glovebox. Route the wiring up under the side airbag until it is near the top of the windscreen. Mount the GPS antenna on the roof near the top corner of the passenger side windscreen.

  5. 5

    Slide the connected unit into the dashboard housing. Secure it in place with Phillips screws. Reassemble the dashboard. Reconnect the CR-V's battery.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are not confident performing this installation yourself then seek professional installation.

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