You’re sick and tired of listening to cassettes and only being able to enjoy the radio, while your smart phone is loaded with your preferred music file 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 precisely why we’ve made this article to help you, because now you’re going to find out how to install a car radio on your BMW X3. To achieve this, first of all we will find out how to remove the old car radio, then how to install a car radio on BMW X3 and to finish, how to connect it.


How to install car radio on BMW X3: Removing the old car stereo

Before we start the serious business of how to install a car stereo on your BMW X3, there is one important step, take off the audio set you currently have on your car. There are two situations, 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 solutions dependant upon the stereo that equips your BMW X3:

  • Original car radio:
    In this instance, you’ll have to be persistent, in most cases, the simple usage 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 operation will not be enough to remove the old car radio from your BMW X3. In reality, you will need to remove certain auto parts of the centre console to access the car radio itself. To achieve this, 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 situation the method is easier, 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 ended dismantling your old car radio, all you have to do is install the new one!

How to install car radio on your BMW X3: Fitting and connecting the car radio

Let’s go to the most important step for you, how to install a car stereo on your BMW X3. Beforehand, spend some time to examine the suitability of your car and your headunit, and to read the installation information, which may give you specific guidelines.
Here are the various actions involved in installing an aftermarket car radio. Firstly, put in place the metal frame provided with your new car radio, this frame has the task of holding your car radio in place on your BMW X3, once positioned, make sure to press the locking tabs on each side of the frame. Once this step has been achieved, 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 X3, then the radio antenna socket. For the latter, on some models you may need an adapter to transform it from male to female to be able to adjust it to the socket of your new radio. At last, 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 provided with it on its contour. That’s it, you’ve just discovered how to install a car radio on BMW X3, 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 complications, or want to learn more about your car, don’t think twice to visit our page dedicated to it.

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