Question about Car Audio & Video
Hello... sorry about hearing about your problem! Here is the correct procedure for removing your radio. (little late now eh??) First you need to remove the trim around the shift knob with the plastic removal tool. Then remove the panel with the storage pocket, and unplug the power outlet plug. Next remove the trim panel which goes across from the passenger side to the ignition switch and underneath/around the radio/climate controls. Note: you will need to unsnap the instrument cluster panel to allow trim panel to completely come out. After this you will remove the 6 (7mm) screws holding the radio/climate controls together. Then, viola! You have your radio out....(after unplugging it of course!) Hope this helped and good luck with your venture. Depending on the wiring harness adapter you have, you may have to run an ignition wire to power up your radio (the red wire).
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Posted on Mar 14, 2011
Testimonial: "Thank you, very much, for the quick reply. Panel is not broken, only the trim tool. I will try this procedure. I very much appreciate your help!"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Disconnect the negative battery cable from the Dodge battery. The negative cable connects the battery to the frame of the vehicle. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to loosen the cable'c clamp. Remove the clamp from the negative battery lead post.
Remove the dash trim panel that surrounds the stereo and climate control knobs, using a trim panel removal tool. Start at the bottom of the trim and work the tool around the perimeter until the panel is completely removed.
Remove the screws on either side of the Dodge stereo mounting bracket with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Pull the stereo unit from the dash mounting bracket. Pull the stereo far enough to reach the wiring connections at the rear of the deck.
Disconnect the wire groups from the back of the factory stereo. There are four groups, for the antenna, power supply, speakers, and amplifier. Grab the groups by the plastic wire binders, not the wires themselves.
Reconnect the negative battery cable to operate the vehicle or any electrical components. Place the negative cable clamp around the negative lead. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to tighten the clamp until the clamp cannot be moved around the lead by hand.
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Disconnect the negative battery cable and ensure it doesn't contact any metal parts. Place the transmission into the "Drive" position and set the parking brake.
Remove the trim from around the stereo by prying at one of the bottom corners with your fingers. Apply pressure until the clips disengage and work your way up the trim. Once the trim is free from the dash set it safely aside.
Locate and remove the six 10mm bolts that hold the stereo in place. Pull the head unit out of the Toyota highlander dash and disconnect the wires from the back of the radio.
Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the original harness. Mount the new stereo into the Toyota radio mounting kit and secure it by following the manufacturer's instructions. Plug the wiring harness adaptor and antenna wire into the back of the new stereo.
Slide the entire stereo assembly into the dash and reconnect the battery cable. Turn the radio on and verify the speakers and controls are working on the new stereo. Secure the stereo in the dash with the six 10mm bolts and replace the trim ring around the radio.
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