car stereo installation

car stereo installation

Car Stereo Installation

Loosen the stereo. Different cars may have varying elements securing the stereo in place. If the stereo is held in place by screws or nuts, loosen them with the appropriate tool (screwdriver or nutdriver, respectively). If the stereo isn’t held in place by screws or nuts, you’ll need to use a radio-removal key. This tool is commonly necessary in Ford vehicles. Radio-removal keys (sometimes also referred to as radio-removal tools) will typically either be in an elongated horseshoe shape or will have a circular shape at one end and a notched shaft at the other. They’re available at most auto-parts stores. Insert the keys into the two small slots in the face of the stereo. You will release a mechanism holding the stereo in place. Slide the radio-removal keys into each slot again until you feel the stereo loosen from in its housing. You should then be able to pull out the stereo relatively easily.
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Car Stereo Installation

Match up the wires. Match the wires of the car’s harnesses to the new stereo’s harnesses. Each harness connector is unique, so it should be easy to figure out which ones fit together. To be safe, check the wiring diagrams for both your car and the new stereo to verify you’ve connected them correctly. If your car’s stereo doesn’t use wire harnesses, you’ll need to match up each wire manually. The wires are color-coded; however, the wires on an after-market stereo may not match with the color-coded wires in your vehicle. It’s best to study and follow the wiring diagram that came with the stereo. Connect the matched wires. There are two options for connecting the wires, crimping or soldering. Crimping is faster and easier, but soldering will provide a more stable and secure connection. Be sure to use the proper size crimper and don’t try to bundle the wires with tape — it will eventually dry out and fall off. Bundle wires using zip ties instead.
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Car Stereo Installation

Tips Be sure to purchase a stereo that will fit your car’s make and model. If you need help deciding what to buy, go to an electronics store or a store specializing in auto electronics and ask for assistance choosing a stereo. If a stereo does not fit there are may be an aftermarket kits available to make it fit. For more information, go here. Some retailers may offer to install your stereo for free or minimal cost if you buy it from them, so be sure to inquire. When removing any screws or nuts, place them in the car’s cup holder so they don’t get lost. To make joining the wires easier, see if there is an adapter that connects your old harness to the new stereo.
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Car Stereo Installation

Be sure to purchase a stereo that will fit your car’s make and model. If you need help deciding what to buy, go to an electronics store or a store specializing in auto electronics and ask for assistance choosing a stereo. If a stereo does not fit there are may be an aftermarket kits available to make it fit. For more information, go here. Some retailers may offer to install your stereo for free or minimal cost if you buy it from them, so be sure to inquire. When removing any screws or nuts, place them in the car’s cup holder so they don’t get lost. To make joining the wires easier, see if there is an adapter that connects your old harness to the new stereo.
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Car Stereo Installation

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Car Stereo Installation

Installing a new car stereo can often be simple enough to do yourself, and his article will provide you with a general guide on how to do it. Keep in mind that some cars and systems are more complicated than others and that every car and stereo system will be different, so some specifics may vary. Be sure to read any instructions that come with the new car stereo before attempting to install it.
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Car Stereo Installation

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Car Stereo Installation

Ground the stereo. If you’re using wiring harnesses, this connection will be made when you connect the harness pieces. If you aren’t using a wiring harness, you’ll need to locate the bolt, wire, or screw that connects with the car’s bare metal chassis. Loosen the bolt, wire, or screw and slip the stereo’s ground wire (usually black) underneath, then tighten. Note that the ground connection is important to the optimal performance of the stereo. If the ground wire doesn’t connect to the bare metal, it won’t work. And if the ground wire connection is loose, it could result in poor audio output. Sand down the area with sand paper to ensure a good connection.
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Pull the stereo out of the panel. You may want to use needle-nose pliers to grip the edge of the stereo and help you pull it out. Pull it gently, and if the stereo doesn’t come out easily, double check that you haven’t missed any components that may be holding it in place.
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Unplug the stereo connections. You’ll see a series of wires connected to the back of the stereo, and you’ll need to disconnect each of them. First unplug the antenna wire, which will typically be a thicker wire plugged in separately from the rest. Once it’s unplugged, you should be able to move the stereo around more freely. Next unplug the each of the wire harness connectors. There will typically be several of these and you can recognize them because a series of wires will feed into each one. The plastic piece into which the wires are fed should have either a tab or a button you can push, which will release the harness.
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Connect the power source. Typically, if you have a wiring harness, this connection will be made when you connect the new stereo harnesses to the harnesses in the car. If you aren’t using a wiring harnesses, you’ll need to manually connect the power. Determine whether your car has a switched power source (typically a red wire) or a constant power source (typically a yellow wire). Some vehicles even have both types of power sources. For more information on switched versus constant power, go here.
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Published on Jun 11, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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