I thought " Iím good enough at electrical stuff to put it in my self."
That thought was true I just didnít realize how hard it was going to be.
I searched this website frantically every couple hours to find where different screws were that needed to be taken out because I just couldnít find them. Searching this website made me ask more questions and receive less answers so I thought I would tell everyone how I took it all out and back together and hope that this helps you. It is a good time to replace the light globes in the A/C panel as well while you have the panels off. If you have a problem please email me and I will try to help to the best of my ability. Happy tuning
The picture is off my phone so sorry about quality!
How To Remove Factory Stereo
Needle Nose Pliers
Phillips Head Screw Driver Ė 1 long one is good as well as a small 1 with a ratchet
Soldering Iron + Solder with Flux
New CD Player
New 1 Din pocket or cover (unless you are replacing with a 2 Din CD Player)
Note: Place all screws in a safe container that wonít be knocked cause itís a pain to look for a screw in the grass Lol.
1. Remove Fuse Box Cover. This reveals 4 screws. Undo the 2 outer screws.
2. Pull Drink holder as far out as you can without breaking it. On both sides of the drink holder you will find a screw, undo these.
3. Remove the Ashtray (If you havenít done this before there is a flat metal sheet at the top of it on an angle, you push that done and pull out)
4. Open compartment thing at the bottom, If you are careful and I found it really hard you can reach down to the hinge and take it off. This allows you to remove the hole drink thing later.
5. Remove screw behind cigarette lighter. If you cannot due to weird angle follow step 6, if you can continue to step 7.
6. Look underneath the cigarette lighter once the compartment is off. You will see two cable running to it. With a good pull they should both come off. When you pull them off you should hold them by the plastic not the cable. Let the cable hang loose. You should now be able to remove the plastic surrounding behind the cigarette lighter. This opens up the metal cylinder, which you can then push out towards the car seats. Once that is out you can remove the grey surrounding with a good pull. It is a pressure-released clip so you can pull quite hard. Once the clip is off you will have to twist it slightly to pull white plastic thing through the hole. Undo the screw that is then revealed.
7. There is another screw on the right where the ashtray goes, remove that.
8. Now taking the whole drink thing in your hands you should be able to shake and twist the drink holder until it comes completely out.
9. Remove 2 screws in the metal plate that has been revealed they are tucked under a bit and connect the air- conditioning duct to the metal plate.
10. You will find three clips under the lip. You must simultaneously press these whilst gripping the top of the black surrounding where you removed your first two screws. Once it is up you can then pull it out being very careful not to tear or rip the foam thatís goes into the duct.
11. You have now revealed you stereo that is waiting to be destroyed.
12. The stereo should now effortlessly pull out revealing 2 clips at the back as well as the antennae cable. Unplug these cables. Once the whole stereo is freely on your hands you should remove the metal brackets.
13. I found that the factory brackets magically fitted into both my stereo and the pocket that I bought but this may not always be the case in which you will have to purchase a special bracket to fit your new head unit.
Wiring your stereo can be done in many ways; If you plan to remove it from your car then buying a harness is a good way to go. Alternatively you can buy male and female clips and connect these to the end of each cable (More time consuming but cheaper then a harness). Or you can cut off the clip that went to your stereo and solder the cables together like I did!. I canít really tell you how to do it but I can say what not to do. Never let a bare cable touch another bare cable. Unless you have an immobilizer or something in your car I suggest you unplug the left terminal on your battery. So you donít blow your stereo or any fuses.
You should find 2 clips at the back plus an antennae
One Clip will have 5 cables, the other will have 8 cables.
White Cable = Ignition or Accessories
Red Cable (Thick) = Battery or Power
Brown Cable = Ground or Earth
Right Front Speaker
+ = Light Green Cable
- = Light Blue
Right Rear Speaker
+ = Red Cable (Thin) (on clip of 5)
- = White Cable with silver dots (on clip of 5)
Left Front Speaker
+ = Pink Cable with silver dots
- = Purple Cable with silver dots
Left Rear Speaker
+ = Black Cable with silver dots
- = Yellow with silver dots.
Spare Cables - I found:
White and Black Cable (on clip of 5)
Dark Green Cable (on big clip)
I found these Cables useless to my stereo, if anybody knows what these go to please tell me (I didn't register any power in them but i may be wrong). Also if anybody knows how to replace the tweeters i would love to know because mine suck.
Now you should be able to put the whole thing back together pretty easily. Remember to plug the battery back in so the car will start and happy tunes.
If you need help i will try to give you the best help i can
Edited by Alpine-Man, 31 January 2008 - 03:22 PM.