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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.
Disconnect the negative battery cable from the Jeep Cherokee battery with the 10 mm wrench.
Remove the five screws on the top edge of the dash panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Pry the trim panels surrounding the climate control knobs away from the dashboard with the trim panel removal tool.
Remove the trim panel that surrounds the headlamp switches
(located to the left of the steering column) with a trim panel removal
Remove the two screws behind the trim panel that surrounds the headlamp controls with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Pull the dash panel that surrounds the stereo and covers the instrument panel of the Cherokee, away from the dashboard by hand.
Remove the two screws from the stereo mounting bracket. One
screw is on the bottom left corner, the other screw is on the top right
corner. Each screw can be removed with the 10 mm socket and drive.
Pull the factory stereo from the stereo mounting dock.
Disconnect the stereo wiring from the back of the factory unit.
Connect the Jeep Cherokee factory stereo wiring to a wiring
harness adapter. Connect the wiring harness adapter leads to an
aftermarket stereo. Slide the aftermarket stereo into the stereo
mounting bracket and replaced two screws at the opposite corners with
the 10 mm socket and drive.
Replace dash panel that stretches across the top of the steering column.
Replace the two screws at the top of the headlamp control switch. Replace the trim panel around the headlamp switch.
Replace the trim panel that surrounds the climate control knobs.
Replace the five screws on the top edge of the dashboard with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Replace the negative battery cable over the negative battery
terminal and tighten the cable to the negative lead post with the 10 mm
Most aftermarket pioneer cd/radio decks have the electrical connector for the antenna that I've seen.
Is this a cd only deck, or does it have radio functions?
Did you use a new harness wiring adapter to get the pioneer radio to work with the old harness?
There should be a color coded set of wires for the power antenna on that. And, then the Pioneer radio should have wires that were labeled for the power antenna.
Aftermarket or factory face plate? aftermarket pioneer faceplate release is typically top right corner, Panasonic is electronic release on some and could be anywhere...
They are all different. Reference the model number and google up the manual.
If you are wanting to remove faceplate of your factory deck be for sure it is designed for removal... I don't know of many that are...
Removing the stereo will require a set of removal jigs, they are inexpensive and available at any auto-parts store. Once it is out you will likely have to take to a audio video repair shop for testing and repair, it will probably be more cost effective to install a new aftermarket deck.
Go to a stereo sales & installation shop, or even auto parts places usually have them now too, and get an adapter harness for your particular vehicle. They plug directly in to your existing harness, then you simply wire your new stereo to it,via directions. Few bucks now, will save hours of aggravation later,.and if you decide to sell vehicle later, and put old one back in, it's all there to plug back in, nice & clean.
It's actually not too hard when you figure everything out. I just installed an aftermarket stereo and couldn't get any sound until I stumbled across a solution on this site. First you need to get the correct wire harness which I bought on ebay for $1.99. Then you need to get the install kit. I got mine at Radio Shack for $10.00 cause they're going out of business. You can get it at Best Buy too or any other car stereo place. To get the old stereo out. Take out the cup holder. There is a button on the top rear of it that releases it. Then remove the 2 screws at the bottom. Gently pull the entire trim that surrounds the stereo, cd changer and ac controls. You will now have access to removing the stereo. It's very easy after that. After you connect the wire harness and install the new stereo you need to run a wire from the red ACC wire on the stereo to the NBS relay in the fuse box under the hood. That's it! Good luck. Sorry I have no pictures.