How to Install a Glove Box Stereo

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How to Install a Glove Box Stereo
A glove box is an alternative location for a stereo when there is no room in the dashboard. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Installing an aftermarket automobile stereo in a glove box is a simple alternative when, due to size constraints, the aftermarket stereo won't fit in the vehicle's stereo opening. This is a common problem for older vehicles. Either the stereo opening is too small to accommodate a single-DIN aftermarket stereo or the vehicle is a classic car and the owner does not want to mess with the vehicle's original appearance. Using an aftermarket wiring harness specifically manufactured for your vehicle and a glove box mounting bracket will help to simplify the installation.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Panel removal tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Hole saw
  • Stereo glove box mounting kit
  • Aftermarket wiring harness
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the vehicle's negative (-) battery cable using an adjustable wrench.

  2. 2

    Remove the plastic bezel that surrounds the factory stereo by gently prying it away from the dashboard of the vehicle using a panel removal tool. Remove the screws that secure the stereo in place with a screwdriver. Slide the stereo forward exposing the wires.

  3. 3

    Unplug the stereo's wiring harness from the vehicle's wiring harness by pulling them apart. Reroute the vehicles wiring harness to the vehicle's glove box. Slide the stereo back into place. Reinsert the screws to secure the stereo. Press the plastic bezel back into place.

  4. 4

    Remove the glove box using the schematics found in the vehicle's owner's manual for reference. The process to remove the glove box will vary depending upon the vehicle. Remove a section in the back of the glove box large enough to accommodate an aftermarket wiring harness using a hole saw. Install the stereo glove box mounting kit, which consists of two individual brackets, one for each side of the glove box, by following the manufacturer's instructions and securing each bracket with the provided screws and a screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Attach an aftermarket wiring harness to the aftermarket stereo by matching the coloured wires of the stereo to the coloured wires of the harness. Twist the bare ends of the corresponding wires together. Wrap each connection in electrical tape. Plug the aftermarket wiring harness into the vehicle's wiring harness by pushing them together. Slide the aftermarket stereo into the stereo glove box mounting bracket. Secure the stereo to the brackets using the provided screws and a screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Reinstall the glove box into the vehicle's dashboard. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Tips and warnings

  • When rerouting the vehicle's wiring harness to the glove box, it may be necessary to do so by reaching up underneath the dashboard.
  • Before beginning the installation of the aftermarket stereo it is necessary to disconnect the negative battery cable or electrical damage to the vehicle's stereo system may occur.

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