Car owners who wish to replace a malfunctioning stereo deck, or those who choose to upgrade their car’s audio system, can hire a professional car audio technician or do it themselves.
Choose the new unit that fits within your vehicle’s stereo dock. Double-DIN stereo docks can accommodate both double and single DIN (standard size; 2″ x 7″) head units.
Purchase the necessary adapters and install the unit yourself to save the cost of labor.
1. Raise the vehicle’s hood to gain access to the battery. The negative battery cable provides the ground for the vehicle’s electrical system and should be disconnected before removing or installing any electrical component.
Loosen the bolt that holds the battery cable to the negative battery terminal with a wrench or pair of pliers.
Remove the cable and set it aside until the installation is complete. Move to the inner cabin of the vehicle.
2. Remove the factory stereo if it is still present. Consult the vehicle repair manual for instructions for stereo removal specific to your vehicle.
Remove any dash panels called for in the manual, and disconnect the stereo wiring and antenna cable connected to the rear panel of the unit.
3. Slide the factory stereo from the vehicle’s stereo mounting dock and set it aside. Insert the faceplate adapter or installation sleeve into the vacant stereo dock.
Choose a faceplate adapter if the vehicle’s stereo dock is an irregular shape, for a more professional looking installation.
For installation sleeves, fold the metal tabs on the inside of the metal sleeve outward with a flat screwdriver to secure it within the dock. Continue reading Install Car Audio Equipment