Re: 1999-2003 Ford Windstar radio removal procedure
I just removed my radio today from my 2003 windstar. i bought the "radio removal tool" from ford (8 bucks) but could have used a wire coat hanger. The trick is to insert the tool/hanger into the holes and push them to the outside like your spreading them. the radio comes loose , no tugging or prying.
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to remove a radio on a 2000 ford windstar, you will need radio removal tools which can be purchased from a local parts store, they are shape like a U and insert in either side of the radio, where there are small holes in the front side and are an 1 1/2" apart, they will go in and click, once in spread both apart and pull radio out
there is a trim panel that must be removed.if you look at the trim panel around the radio you will see what is all part of the panel to be removed to gain access to the radio.some times once you have removed the screws you have to pull out the trim panel as it will be held in by push in clips and sometimes it takes a strong pull just be careful so you don`t break the trim.once the trim is off there should be 4 small bolts that hold the radio in the dash.sometimes you may have to disconnect wire plugs to completely remove the trim panel.
this is fairly easy the trim around the radio and guages is simply held in with tabs. Carefully pull the trim off 1 by 1, be carefull when by the fog light switch as you will have to disconnect the plug to fully remove the trim. Once you have the trim piece off the radio should be held in by 2 bolts, remove the bolts and pull out the radio, be carefull however as they usually don't give a lot of wire, so remove the radio slowly and unplug the wires then you should be able to get inside the dash and find the problem.
Toyota Corolla has been around long enough that many owners find
themselves needing to replace the factory stereo. Installing a new
stereo in the Toyota Corolla gives improved sound and updated
features. Swapping out the stereo in the Toyota Corolla takes basic
tools and less than an hour. This article covers models from 1990 to
the hood and remove the negative battery cable from the terminal.
Apply the parking brake and place the car
> Remove the trim from
around the stereo by prying with your fingers at one corner. Some
early models have two screws at the top of the trim piece to remove
first. Allow the trim to hang on the drivers side of the dash if
it's connected to the cigarette lighter.
> Locate and remove the
four screws holding the stereo in place. Pull the radio out of the
dash and disconnect the wires from the back of the head unit.
> Connect the wiring
harness adaptor to the original harness and let it hang from the
dash. Slide the new stereo into the Toyota radio mounting kit, which
is a thin metal cover and secure it per the manufacturer's
instructions. Most adaptors have screws to hold the stereo in place,
however some have clips, which engage automatically. >Plug the wiring harness
adaptor and antenna wire into the back of the new head unit and push
the entire assembly into the dash. Reconnect the negative battery
cable and turn the radio on.
> Ensure all of the stereo
controls and speakers are working. Secure the radio in the dash with
the original four screws and replace the trim.
There are 4 holes on the radio (two on each side) that requires a special tool that has to be inserted on each side. You can purchase the tool at auto parts store. Insert the tool and pull the radio out.
Have your radio code before you pull it out with the right radio tool. This pull would involve removing this parts.
Driver side panel
Center top dash board
Defrost switch carrier
Center lower half of dash
So I'd suggest go to your local public library and look for your car manual. It would be either Chiltons or Clymers manual, it's not as precise a Bentley VW Official factory repair manual. Yes it really involves taking all those parts out just to get to the rotary switch.
There is a ford radio removal tool. It looks like a pair of horse shoes most times. Or you can insert four 8 common D finish nails in the four holes (or 4 six D finish nails) -one in each hole until you feel it click. Be gentile. simultaneously push each side towards their respective front door and gently pull the radio out.