You’re tired of listening to cassettes and only being able to enjoy the radio, while your smartphone is full of your favourite music but you don’t have a jack or usb port on your car radio, so you can’t enjoy your car journeys to the fullest… That’s precisely 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 car. To do this, first we will see how to remove the old car radio, then how to install a car radio on XXX and finally, how to connect it.

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How to install car radio: Removing the old car stereo

Before we get down to the serious business of how to install a car stereo on your vehicle, there is one essential step, remove the set you currently have on your car. There are two scenarios, either you have an original set, or you have a universal set. Before you start dismantling, always remember to remove the negative cable 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 car:

  • Original car radio:
    In this case, you’ll have to be patient, generally speaking, 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 specific models of specific years, this operation will not be enough to remove the old car radio from your car. Indeed, you will need to remove certain parts of the centre console to access the car radio itself. To do 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, remember to disconnect all the connections.
  • After-market radio :
    In this situation the procedure is much simpler, 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, remember 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!

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

Let’s go to the most important step for you, how to install a car stereo on your car. Beforehand, take the time to check 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 after-market car radio. First of all, put in place the metal frame supplied with your new radio, this frame has the function of holding your car radio in place, once positioned, remember 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 car, 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 car, remember 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 problems, or want to learn more about your car, don’t hesitate to visit our page dedicated to it.