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1999-2003 Ford Windstar radio removal procedure

I want to remove the radio. I have the pull out tools, but when I try to pull them, the radio won't come out. Do I have to remove the dash trim around it? If so, do they just snap out if I pry it?

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    how do tou remove the front panel from the dash?

  • Bobodonk Jan 02, 2009

    I also am having trouble removing my radio. Have used the Ford Radio Removal Tool but to no avail. I suspect the clips holding the radio tight have become bent/warped/damaged in some way, preventing the removal tool from working properly. If there is ANY other ways of getting the radio out (without damage if possible), I'm all ears.



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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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Remove the trim around the radio face be careful not to break it, it should snap off its a delicate proceedure take radio face plate off ( if equipped) radio should come out

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    2003 ford windstar has 4 screws holding the trim/bezel on. 2 above the radio which needs to be removed before you can see them. and 2 behind the cup holder.


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How to remove radio in 1999 ford windstar

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