If you are still having problems removing the stereo box from the dash, remove the two cap-head screws located above the AC controls/below the stereo control panel and give the top and bottom of the panel a gentle tug and you'll be able to remove the entire dash panel with the stereo enclosure installed. Retainer pins located behind the panel hold it in place to the dashboard assembly. My OEM 6-disc CD unit finally started to malfunction, indicating that all 6 slots are full when there are actually no slots filled. Can't load a CD nor can I convince it that the ghost CDs can be ejected. Its time for an aftermarket replacement/upgrade.
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If it is a stock radio you can purchase a tool from an auto parts store,
it's basically 2 U shaped wires with balls shaped on the ends you,
slide these into the holes on both sides of your radios face plate. Push
out slightly on the wires while you are pulling and the radio should
slide right out. Be patient as it might take you a few tries. The tools
were only a few bucks. I tried using some wire coat hangers but they
didn't work as well as the tools I purchased. IamwithChrist
You need a special tool set that release the spring clips that hold the radio in place, any Napa or Caquesrt has these tools, the set is very cheap to buy and fits into the holes on each side of the radio face to release the springs, then the radio just slides out.
All you need are the Ford radio removal pins. They can be bought at most large auto parts retailers. They look like a "U", and are slightly barbed at the ends. On your radio you will see 2 holes on either side. Just insert the tools until you hear a slight click, this releases the locks, and pull slightly outwards (towards the doors), then slide out, disconnect and replace.
You will need as key to remove the factory radio from almost any manufacture. It was originally designed as and anti theft but anyone can buy them so its just a headache now. Try the local autozone or advanced...they should have them fro around $10. Just tell them you need the key to remove a radio from a ford and they will set ya up. The package will come with 1 key...now it takes 2 to remove your radio (one inserted on each side then pull raido) but if ya wanna save $10 bucks from buying two with some luck you can put one in and release (unlock) that side then go to the other and do the same..a lil harder but saves $10....you choice. Best of luck to ya
there are 4 holes in the face of the unit,2 on each side,an inch or so apart.use two stiff wires bent into a U shape or an inexpensive pair of OEM RADIO REMOVAL TOOLS.push tools into holes to release retaining clips,pull tools outward and slide radio out.
ford has several different sizes for full size, not sure about rangers though. They are called fuel line tools though. Did you blow air through the connecters to remove all dirt? How about removing the metal clips that are there as a saftey measure? Those clips looke like a weird J shape that helps prevent accidental disconection.
Assuming it's a Ford radio, you'll see 4 small holes on the radio front panel, 2 on each side. A pair of "U" shaped tools (buy them at almost any parts store) go into these holes, then pry outward to release the radio. I've made the tools myself by bending some stiff wire (a coat hanger works).