2007 Toyota Sequoia Dashboard Access to Radio console FM Antenna
Need general info on how to remove '07 Sequioa dashboard far enough to gain access to radio back FM antenna connect - plan to hookup XM Radio FM Direct and need guidance on how dash gets removed w/out damage.
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Pull off the 3 knobs for the heat controls. You will see a screw under the center knob. Remove it. Look to see if there are any screws near the vent grilles, remove them, if they are there. The whole center fascia then pulls out towards you. Remove the 4 bolts, and the radio is out. Easy.
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Troubleshooting the problem may depend on which of several radio options is installed in your vehicle. However, the most probable cause is the antenna. Two different antennas are involved here - one for XM (satellite), one for FM (terrestrial - window type). To start, I would check the FM antenna connections at the window and the radio and the cable between them. If that isn't the problem, the radio is probably faulty.
Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
Remove cup holder.
Remove trim panel above cupholder by pulling straight out.
Remove center instrument panel trim panel.
Remove screws holding radio to instrument panel.
Pull radio rearward to gain access to the back of radio (RADIO).
CAUTION:Pulling the antenna cable straight out of the radio without pulling on the locking antenna connector could damage the cable or radio.
Disconnect the antenna cable by pulling the locking antenna connector away from the radio (ANTENNA TO RADIO).
Disconnect bolt holding ground strap to the radio (if equipped).
Disconnect the wire connectors from the back of the radio.
Yes Most modern radios have a built in antenna for am. so the one on the outside of your car is the fm. Sound like either the cable to the radio is broken or has become disconnected. You should be able to pull the radio out far enough to see the cable, it's the big black on, and determine whats up.
Disconnect the radio from the instrument panel wiring harness and antenna.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Fig. 2: . . . then remove the radio retaining fasteners
Fig. 3: Slide the radio forward so that you may gain access to the electrical connections
Fig. 4: Disengage the antenna and radio electrical connections
It's really not that difficult to access and remove your car stereo. If you do plan on pulling / making new connections it's important to disconnect power to the vehicle first. This can be done by pulling the negative (black) terminal from the battery. A quick google query on your vehicle actually came across some very good pictures of the process LINK . While the work done on that site is not specifically addressed to your need, it should be useful for what to expect and how things will look. It looks like there are two screws located near the base of the trim that need to be removed first. Next, you need to carefully pry the trim piece back as it is held on by some retainer clips. It is important not to be too forceful as the trim, the clips, or even worse things could get damaged. Try to find a small spatcula or plastic scrapping tool to help guide the trim away from the dash. Once you get the trim off the radio looks to be held in place by four black #2 phillips head screws. Take those screws out and gently pull back the radio head just far enough to access the wires in the back. The wires will plug into the back of the radio with a plastic harness. Again use care in trying to remove the wires so as not to cause any damage. Do not pull on the wires themselves but rather the plastic harness. There should also be one small jack that is for the antenna connection. Remove this also. Then there you have it! Your radio should be out allowing you full access to it. As for the iPod accessory, that may be another story on installation. Good Luck!