With the latest wave in technology, many people ask about updating their car or truck radio's with new innovative disk players and visualizers. With a few basic tools like wrenches and a socket, anyone can replace their radios within a matter of a few minutes. It all starts with picking out your new music player and accessories while prepping the vehicle by removing the old radio from the dashboard.
You will want to take the start the replacement by disconnecting your negative terminal on from the battery. The next part involves taking the dash apart to make room for the removal of the original radio. These parts can be tricky to move around so be patient and avoid breaking critical elements. Once the radio is free, remove the antenna and ground wire from the back end of the radio and it should be completely free from the car.
After removing the radio, you can connect your new product to the wiring harness and ensure the antenna or ground is plugged into the back. Check to make sure that the radio is sitting comfortably in the old position and make sure the harness will clip into place to avoid rattling or CD's skipping every-time you hit a bump in the road. Once you have everything back into place, reconnect the negative terminal and turn on your vehicle to start listening to your new radio.
It is important to remember that certain manufacturers may require speciality tools for removing a stock radio and these can almost always be found at your local auto parts store. As always, you can reference your factory service manuals, Chilton, Haynes, or eAutoRepair subscription for help finding the correct parts and repair procedures.