You’re tired of listening to cassettes and only having the capacity to enjoy the radio, while your smart phone is loaded with your favourite tracks but you don’t have a jack or usb port on your car radio, so you can’t enjoy your car travels to the fullest… That’s exactly why we’ve written and published this content to help you, because now you’re going to learn about how to install a car radio on your Bmw 1 series. To achieve this, initially we will find out how to remove the old car radio, then how to install a car radio on Bmw 1 series and at last, how to connect it.


How to install car radio on Bmw 1 series: Removing the old car stereo

Before we begin the serious business of how to install a car stereo on your Bmw 1 series, there is one essential step, take off the audio set you currently have on your car. There are two cases, either you have an original headunit, or you have an universal set. Before you start taking out, always make sure to remove the negative wire from the battery to avoid any risk of short-circuit or electrocution. Once this is done, here are the two methods depending on the stereo that equips your Bmw 1 series:

  • Original car radio:
    In cases like this, you’ll have to be persistent, in general, the simple use of extracting clamps in the 4 holes in the corners of the car radio should be enough to remove it. But on some particular models of specific years, this procedure will not be enough to remove the old car radio from your Bmw 1 series. In actual fact, you will need to remove certain parts of the centre console to access the car radio itself. To get this done, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the plastic covers that are in the way. Once you have access to the station, make sure to disconnect all the connections.
  • Aftermarket radio :
    In this scenario the procedure is less difficult, you will just have to use the extracting clamps and press on the 4 corners of your station to make it come out of its place. Once this step is done, make sure to unplug it and remove the metal frame that supports it in the notch of the center console. That’s it, you’ve finished dismantling your old car radio, all you have to do is install the new one!

How to install car radio on your Bmw 1 series: Fitting and connecting the car radio

Let’s go to the essential section for you, how to install a car stereo on your Bmw 1 series. Before you start, take some time to check the suitability of your car and your headunit, and to read the installation recommendations, which may give you specific instructions.
Here are the various actions required in installing an aftermarket car radio. First of all, put in place the metal frame supplied with your new car radio, this frame has the job of holding your car radio in place on your Bmw 1 series, once positioned, make sure to press the locking tabs on each side of the frame. Once this step has been carried out, you will need to connect the three plugs of your car radio, two ISO connectors for power supply and sound transfer to the speakers of your Bmw 1 series, then the radio antenna socket. For the latter, on some models you may need an adapter to transform it from male to female in order to adapt it to the socket of your new radio. Finally, all you have to do is push your car radio into the metal frame, snap it into place, and position the plastic or metal frame supplied with it on its contour. That’s it, you’ve just learned how to install a car radio on Bmw 1 series, make sure to check that the radio is switched on, that the sound is working and that you’re picking up the radio and you’re ready to enjoy your new car radio. If you have other concerns, or want to learn more about your car, don’t think twice to visit our page dedicated to it.

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