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I need to remove the oem radio to install a new aftermarket radio. I cannot seem to jiggle it out using a wire clotheshanger in the four holes. Is there a trick to it.

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Go to Wal-Mart and buy the removal tools. They only cost about six bucks. Push the tools in the holes, and push them away from each while pulling out at the same time.

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How do I fix the clock display on my 1999 Pontiac Sunfire?


It appears to be that the radio clock display has malfunctioned, and is due for a replacement radio, which could be an aftermarket or oem radio, maybe found at a junk yard.

Tools required for oem replacement radio, torx keys set.

Before working on the radio or other electronics, disconnect the battery cables with 8mm wrench.

Replacing the oem radio is much easier, if you obtain oem radio, compared to aftermarket radio, due to being direct fit.

The radio is same for 1995 to 1999 Pontiac Sunfire and the Chevy Cavalier, regardless of sub models, such as SE,GT, VL,VLX,Z24. etc.

Parts needed for the the aftermarket radio install :Stereo assembly, stereo wiring harness adapter, radio antenna adapter, and dash install kit.wiring diagram for the wire colors / functions, along with tools, such as torx key set, screwdrivers,wire crimper, wire stripper, double ended wiring connectors, hair dryer.

The oem stereo removal video is for the 2000 to 2005 Sunfire / Cavalier, but are the same or very similar procedures.

Link to oem stereo removal procedures.
Pontiac Sunfire Radio Repair and Removal 2000 2005



Link to aftermarket stereo install / connect procedures. ( Sunfire Video )
HOW TO INSTALL AFTERMARKET STEREO PONTIAC SUNFIRE

Link to aftermarket stereo install / connect procedures. ( General Video )
How To Install Car Stereo Single Double DIN Car Audio 101


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May 12, 2015 | 1999 Pontiac Sunfire

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Thebestplayert@269My Factory Radio display has stop working.But it still plays sound.Can i replace this with an aftermarket stereo or do i need to buy the same stereo that is in it now?


First make sure the key is pushed all the way in the ignition, I have had other cars that if the key was not pushed in all the way the radio display would not work. If this is not the problem, I would replace the radio with an updated aftermarket radio/cd/mp3 player. I have a newer Grand Marquis and the radio went out so I priced used replacement radios and they cost as much as an aftermarket radio. You can find these at any car salvage yard (junk yard). A used radio would be easier to install as you would just have to plug it in using the same cables in the back. To install an aftermarket radio you will need one or two adapter cables and will require splicing wires. I have installed quite a few radios and I opted to do it myself. You can have the radio installed by a dealer but installation cost run from $75.00 to $125.00 depending on type of car and radio. If choosing an aftermarket radio make sure the look will fit the car. You may not like the look of something with widly glowing LED lights a few month down the road. I am very pleased with the unit I purchased as it looks more like an OEM radio and doesn't shout steal me at car thieves. I can play mp3's and plug in both ipods and other compatible electronics.

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Mar 04, 2011 | 1999 Lincoln Town Car

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I need the radio operating manual for a Jeep Patriot 2009 model. Where can I down load it from as the local dealer cannot seem to find a hard copy for me.


following is the procedure. u can also check ehow for more details.
  • Twist the negative cable off the terminal on the vehicle battery, using an adjustable wrench.
  • Remove the factory issue stereo. Pry off the radio trim bezel with a flat head screwdriver. Remove the four bolts on each corner of the radio. Pull the radio out the dashboard. Unplug the thick black radio antenna cable. Disconnect the wire harnesses from the rear of the stereo. Place the old stereo to one side.
  • Prepare the dashboard for the new stereo. Fit the radio installation sleeve provided with the aftermarket stereo to the radio installation kit. Feed the sleeve through the portal of the radio installation kit and bend the tabs on the sides of the sleeve to secure it in place. Feed the audio wiring of the Jeep and the radio antenna cable through the portal of the assembly and slide the assembly into the dashboard. Secure it in place with the bolts removed earlier.
  • Wire the new stereo. Connect the wiring of the stereo to the audio wiring of the Patriot, using a custom wire harness adapter. Push the connections together until they snap into place and test the connection by tugging gently on either end.
  • Plug the radio antenna cable into the alloted port on the rear of the aftermarket head unit.
  • Slide the connected aftermarket stereo into the prepared housing in the Patriot's dashboard. Click it into place in the radio installation sleeve, taking care not to trap any wiring.



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    I am tryin to remove the factory radio from a 2000 Nissan Altima and install an aftermarket radio. but i cant seem to figure out a way to get the trim panel around the radio and HVAC module out. And i can...


  • disconnect the negative battery cable from the Altima's battery.

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    Pry up the trim panel surrounding the gear stick. The trip panel is held in place by plastic clips that will disengage when the panel is pried up. Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry up the panel. The panel doesn't need to be completely removed, just pried up enough to reveal two Phillips screws along the bottom of the radio trim panel.

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    Remove the two Phillips screws along the bottom edge of the radio trim panel, just above the gear stick. Remove the two Phillips screws from above the radio. Remove the ashtray.

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    Pry the radio trim panel loose with your fingers or a flat-head screwdriver and remove it.

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    Remove the four Phillips screws holding the radio in place. Set the screws aside for use later. Slide the radio forward and disconnect the wires from the back of the device.

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    Slide the cage included with your new stereo into your dash adapter. Slide the stereo into the cage and dash adapter.

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    Connect the wires from the dash to the back of your new stereo. All stereos have slightly different connections methods, so refer to the owner's manual accompanying your new stereo for the proper connection procedure.

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    Slide the stereo and dash adapter into the dashboard. Use the previously removed Phillips screws to mount the stereo in place. Replace the radio trim panel and gear stick trim panel. Reconnect your battery.

  • If you are putting a aftermarket stero make sure you buy a stero harness that plugs into the cars harness, on the back side of the harness you just installed will have open wires to conet to your new stero. If you cut the wires from your car to try to splice it to the new raido it can cause problems with the electrical system includeing making the transmission shift or act funny. you can pick the harness at wall-mart, car auido, best buy, or any car auido place.



  • Dec 22, 2010 | 2000 Nissan Altima

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    How do we replace the radio


    remove the screws holding the front cover and then you will see four bolt screws holding the radio in place, remove them then slide radio out unplug the connrector and antena wire, if installing an aftermarket radio you will need the harness plug to make wiring easy and also a mounting kit to mount radio in car.

    Aug 29, 2010 | 2005 Toyota ECHO

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    How do I remove the factory installed radio from 2006 Honda Pilot LX


    I'm doing this from memory since it's been about four months since I actually did this.
    This is for a 2005 LX. EX procedure may be slightly different.

    Disconnect the negative battery cable and make sure it can't come back into contact with the negative battery terminal.

    1) Remove the plastic tab (where a push button probably is for EX model) to the upper right of the radio.
    2) Carefully pry off the plastic piece which surrounds the stereo. I used a thin screwdriver and sock, and slightly scraped things up. In hindsight I should have used a specialized pry tool for removing such things. I think there were four or five places where this plastic panel is clipped into place.
    3) After you get the plastic panel pried off, slowly remove it. You will need to disconnect the three wire harnesses connected to the buttons / indicators on the plastic panel.
    4) The plastic panel should now be out of the way. Remove the four mounting screws holding the radio in place.
    5) Slowly slide the radio towards you. Disconnect the wire harness and the antenna.
    6) You should be ready to install a new stereo.

    As a side note, when pulling the wire harnesses apart be sure to pull from the plastic connectors and not on the wires. If you pull on the wires, they may come loose from the harnesses.

    If you are hooking up an aftermarket stereo, be sure to use a wire harness to connect from the aftermarket stereo to the Pilot's harness (otherwise you'll end up having to cut off the Pilot's wire harness which isn't ideal). I'd also recommend soldering and heat shrink tubing the aftermarket stereo's wiring to the aftermarket stereo's wire harness. It takes a while longer than the crimp or electrical tape method but ensures a robust connection and no electrical shorts when done correctly.

    My aftermarket stereo has a power antenna connection. This needed to be connected (the Pilot's antenna is part of the rear window and thus isn't powered) because there is a signal booster which requires power (otherwise you won't be able to tune into any AM stations and will get very poor FM reception).

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    I tried to fit a new stereo and when i did the dashboard lights went off and now i have no outside temp, or warning lights basically the whole panel has gone off, i've checkd all the fuses and they are...


    I bet you sed the black wire with a tracer stripe (or similar wire) as the ground for the after market radio. The OEM radio uses this wire to dim the light to the radio when you turn the headlamps on. Now it dimmed the dash lights and other stuff totally out. Fasten the aftemarket radio's ground wire to a chassis ground on the dash's metal frame. Don't splice into the OEM dimmer wire. Better yet get a OEM to Aftermarket pigtail that uses your OEM connector. These come with a simple diagram as well.

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