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I have a 1997 buick lesabre and i need to remove the dash to access the radio, how do i do that?

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There is  a strip of wood trim that needs to be removed so that you can get to the screws that attach the black dashboard plastic to the back of the dashboard.  You will need a hex head screwdriver.  There are also screws inside the air vents.  Once you have removed all the screws the black dash panel will slip off easily.  If it does not slip off easy, then you missed a screw.  Now that your radio is now exposed, use a socket wrench to undo the three mounting bolts, they are on the face of the radio.  Then after you have that out, install a radio mounting plate that you will have to buy extra with your aftermarket stereo.  Ten slip in your new radio and re-attach all of the bits you took off in reverse order.

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