You’re bored with listening to cassettes and only being able to listent to the radio, while your smart phone is full of 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 created this content to help you, because right now you’re going to find out how to install a car radio on your Tesla Model S. To do this, initially we will find out how to remove the old car radio, then how to install a car radio on Tesla Model S and at last, how to connect it.


How to install car radio on Tesla Model S: Removing the old car stereo

Before we get down to the serious business of how to install a car stereo on your Tesla Model S, there is one fundamental task, take off the audio set you already 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 cable from the battery to prevent any risk of short-circuit or electrocution. Once this is carried out, here are the two ways depending on the stereo that equips your Tesla Model S:

  • Original car radio:
    In cases like this, 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 specific models of specific years, this operation will not be enough to remove the old car radio from your Tesla Model S. In fact, you will need to remove certain auto parts of the centre console to access the car radio itself. To make this happen, 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 situation the technique 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 carried out, 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 finished dismantling your old car radio, all you have to do is install the new one!

How to install car radio on your Tesla Model S: Fitting and connecting the car radio

Let’s go to the most important step for you, how to install a car stereo on your Tesla Model S. Before you start, take some time to verify the compatibility of your car and your headunit, and to read the installation instructions, which may give you specific instructions.
Here are the various steps involved in installing an aftermarket car radio. To begin with, 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 Tesla Model S, once situated, don’t forget 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 Tesla Model S, 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. 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 Tesla Model S, 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 concerns, or want to learn more about your car, don’t think twice to visit our page dedicated to it.

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