You’re bored with listening to cassettes and only having the ability to listent to the radio, while your phone is filled with your favourite music file but you don’t have a 3.5mm or usb port on your car radio, so you can’t appreciate your car journeys to the fullest… That’s exactly why we’ve written this article to help you, because now you’re going to find out how to install a car radio on your Subaru Forester. To get this done, initially we will discover how to remove the old car radio, then how to install a car radio on Subaru Forester and finally, how to connect it.


How to install car radio on Subaru Forester: Removing the old car stereo

Before we start the serious business of how to install a car stereo on your Subaru Forester, there is one necessary step, take out 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 don’t forget to remove the negative wire from the battery to avoid any risk of short-circuit or electrocution. Once this is completed, here are the two ways based on the stereo that equips your Subaru Forester:

  • Original car radio:
    In this case, you’ll have to be patient, most of the time, 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 Subaru Forester. 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, don’t forget to disconnect all the connections.
  • Aftermarket radio :
    In this scenario the process is much 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 completed, don’t forget to unplug it and remove the metal frame that supports it in the notch of the center console. That’s it, you’ve completed dismantling your old car radio, all you have to do is install the new one!

How to install car radio on your Subaru Forester: Fitting and connecting the car radio

Let’s go to the essential step for you, how to install a car stereo on your Subaru Forester. Before you start, spend some time to verify the compatibility of your car and your headunit, and to read the installation recommendations, which may give you specific instructions.
Here are the various steps involved 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 role of holding your car radio in place on your Subaru Forester, once situated, don’t forget to press the locking tabs on each side of the frame. Once this step has been completed, 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 Subaru Forester, 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. 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 supplied with it on its contour. That’s it, you’ve just learned how to install a car radio on Subaru Forester, don’t forget 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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