Car stereo installation guide


Robert Ferency-Viars

Robert Ferency-Viars is the managing editor for the Crutchfield car A/V learning content, and has been with the company since 1999. A Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and sons, listening to music, writing, and playing games with friends. Robert's love for car audio began at 16 when he installed his first car stereo.

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In-dash Stereo Installation Guide

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new car stereo. Please read over these guidelines before beginning the installation in order to give yourself an idea of what to expect.

You can also download a pdf of the Car Stereo Installation Guide.

Tools Needed for In-dash Stereo Installation

Tools Needed (depending upon vehicle)

Remove the factory stereo

When installing a new stereo in your car, your first step will be to remove the old stereo. Pay close attention to the steps involved, for the process for installing your new stereo will be the same, but in reverse.

For detailed information on how to remove the factory stereo in a specific vehicle, refer to your Crutchfield MasterSheet™ instructions, if available. They will walk you through the process step-by-step. Otherwise, you may use the general guidelines below.

Before you begin, start by setting the parking brake and removing the negative cable from the car battery to prevent accidentally short circuiting something.

Disconnect your battery

Your factory stereo will be mounted in one of two ways:

  • secured in a metal mounting sleeve by spring clips
  • bolted to the dash with brackets

Spring clip mounting

If the stereo is held in by spring clips, you'll need a pair of DIN tools. Insert the DIN tools into the holes on eitter side of the unit until a click is heard. The tools serve to release the spring clips and also hook onto the sides of the stereo so that you can pull it out easily. Spread the tools apart slightly then pull the stereo out of the dash.

Din tools used to remove factory stereo

Bolted in place

Sometimes, accessing the stereo requires the removal of one or more trimpanels from the dash. You may have to (carefully) pry the plastic trim away from the dash (which is often secured by hidden pressure clips), or locate and remove bolts to disassemble other pieces of panel. Once you have gained access to the factory stereo, removal should be obvious. The stereo will almost always be secured by four screws, sometimes bolted directly to the front of the dash, other times secured to side brackets. Remove the screws and pull the stereo from the dash.

Removing a stereo that's bolted in place

American cars built before the early 1980s often came with a "shaft-style" stereo, which secured to the dash via nuts and washers to the right and left knobs. A shaft-style stereo must be installed from behind the dash. Getting it into position is the tricky part, since your vehicle's wiring, heater controls, and ductwork may be in the way.

Factory wiring harnesses.

Unplugging the factory stereo

If your vehicle has (or once had) a factory stereo, or if it was pre-wired with a "stereo prep" package, there should be at least one plastic wiring harness behind the stereo opening. This plug connects the stereo to your vehicle's electrical system, and also makes the speaker connections. You will need to unplug the factory stereo from the wiring harnesses, and unplug the antenna to complete the removal process.

A custom wiring harness makes installing a new stereo much easier.

A custom wiring harness makes installing a new stereo much easier.

Connect the wiring

If Crutchfield carries a custom wiring harness for your vehicle, you can use it to connect your new stereo to your vehicle's factory wiring harnesses. This will ensure that everything works seamlessly, just like the factory stereo did.

If a harness is not available for your vehicle or if the factory stereo plug was cut off, you'll need to identify each of the stereo wires and connect them to the corresponding wires of your new stereo. If you purchased your new stereo from Crutchfield, our Tech Support team may be able to tell you the colors and functions of your car's stereo wires.

Connection options

Decide how you want to connect the wires together. Crimping is fast and fairly simple. If you crimp the wires together, be sure to use the correct size crimp connector — typical in-dash stereo wires are 18-gauge, but a few use heavier gauge power and ground wires. There are several types of crimp connectors, including bullet connectors, butt connectors, or crimp caps.

Posi-Product™ connectors offer a quick and secure twist-on connection for wires, and they can be re-used. Like crimping, you'll want to make sure you have the right wire gauges for the job.

Posi-Products car stereo connectors

Posi-Product connectors provide secure connections for your wiring.

Soldering creates a permanent, professional connection that ensures maximum current transfer. We strongly recommend that you use heat-shrink tubing and a heat gun to insulate the soldered connection. Avoid taping the wires together — the tape will dry out and fall off, exposing the wires and making it only a matter of time before something shorts out.

Solder  Method

Power wires

Usually, it is best to make all of the new stereo's wiring connections via the wiring harness, but if you have to make a direct power connection, you'll need to know the difference between "switched" and "constant" power.

A switched power source is only on when the ignition is keyed. Connect your new stereo's main (switched) power lead – usually a red wire – to a switched power source, so that the stereo will turn off when you turn off the car, and not drain your vehicle's battery.

A constant power source is always on. Connect your new stereo's memory lead – usually a yellow wire – to a constant power source, so that you don't lose your stereo preset, sound shaping, and clock settings every time you turn off the vehicle.

A rare few high-powered stereos require you to make a direct constant power connection at the positive terminal of your vehicle's battery. This requires a heavier gauge power wire, an in-line fuse (usually included), and a ring terminal to connect the power wire to the battery clamp. You will have to route the power wire through the vehicle firewall and into the engine compartment in order to make the connection at the battery.

Ground wire

A good ground connection is vital for proper stereo performance. If you are not using a custom wiring harness, look for a bolt, screw, or wire that contacts the bare metal of your vehicle's chassis. Loosen the bolt, slip the ground wire underneath (this is almost always a black wire), then tighten the bolt. If your ground wire doesn't contact bare metal, your stereo won't operate. A loose or weak ground connection can result in signal noise interfering with your music.

In-dash video — tapping into the emergency brake wiring

If your new stereo has a video monitor built in, you will also need to connect a wire to your emergency brake wire. This wire acts as a switch to turn on the video monitor when the parking brake is engaged. Follow the instructions included with your in-dash monitor to locate the emergency brake ground wire. And once again, Crutchfield's award-winning tech support team can be a big help here.

Install the new stereo

If the original stereo was bolted into the dash, you might need to remove the mounting brackets from the sides of it and attach them to the sides of your new stereo. More likely, you will need a mounting kit (which may include a trim ring, a dash insert, brackets, a faceplate, and/or a metal mounting sleeve) to install the stereo (Figure 1).

If a mounting kit is required, follow the instructions included with the kit. Sometimes you install the kit in the dash, then slide the new stereo's metal mounting sleeve (if included) into the kit. Secure the metal sleeve by using a screwdriver to bend the sleeve's metal tabs into place (Figure 2). In other cases, you attach the mounting kit to the new stereo first, then secure both in the dash with screws.

car stereo installation guide

Once the dash opening is ready for the new stereo, hold the stereo near the opening. Connect the stereo wiring adapter to the vehicle's wiring harness and plug in the antenna cable.

Slide the stereo into the dash opening, but don't fasten it down just yet. First, test the stereo to make sure everything is working properly. It's easier to fix a problem while everything is still exposed. You'll have to reattach the battery cable in order to test the stereo, so if you disconnected any airbag warning plugs, be sure to reattach those before reconnecting the battery.

Turn on the power and try each source (AM, FM, CD, USB, etc.). Then adjust the balance and fader settings to check that each speaker is working. Once you're sure the stereo is wired and working properly, finish securing it in the dash and reinstall any pieces of dash trimpanel that you removed.

You might need to use a basckstrap to support the rear of your new stereo.

Installing a backstrap

A mounting bracket — or backstrap — is often included with new stereos. For most installations, a backstrap usually is not a necessary part of the installation process. However, it can be useful to help support the stereo in your dash; it also helps reduce vibration. One end of the backtrap attaches (with a screw) to the rear of the stereo. The other end attaches to an existing bolt or screw behind the dash. Just bend and shape the backstrap as necessary to enable mounting.

Can you do it?

If your vehicle has an upgraded version of the factory sound system or an integrated stereo/climate control panel, you will probably need a special factory system adapter in order to install a new stereo.  An adapter allows you to use a new stereo with your existing speaker system. And you'll get it at a deep discount when you buy any car stereo from us.

Dash kit adapter for a 2010-up Chevy Camaro's dash panel, while maintaining all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls.

This adapter allows you to install an aftermarket stereo in a 2010-up Chevy Camaro's dash panel, while maintaining all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls.

Taking the next step

By now you should have some idea of what is involved in replacing your factory stereo with a new, better, aftermarket stereo. The next step is to see if Crutchfield has a MasterSheet™ for your vehicle. That's a set of installation instructions custom designed for your specific vehicle. It will describe every step of the process and tell you where to find every screw you need to remove for the installation. A MasterSheet™ takes all the guesswork out of the installation.

Even without a Crutchfield MasterSheet™, most people can install an in-dash stereo without much trouble, using just the tips in this article. This in turn leads to a savings in installation fees ($60 is common, and often it's more). But if you would rather not tackle the task, there are competent and highly trained professional stereo installers in every town where you'd find teenagers and cars.

Outfit My Car

Tell us what you drive

The link above takes you to our Crutchfield Outfit My Car tool, where you can tell us what kind of vehicle you have. From there, you'll be able to see the details about which stereos, speakers, and other gear will work with your vehicle and also see the installation gear you'll need to do the job right. If you have any questions about choosing a new car stereo, contact us via chat, email, or phone – the info is at the very top of the page.

  • jim from 46156

    Posted on 4/27/2015 8:34:10 PM

    will this fit my 208 canyon?

  • Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2015 10:52:49 AM

    Jim, fit is usually one of the first questions asked when considering adding new gear to your vehicle. That's why we created the OutfitMyCar™ tool. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.

  • Anthony Hood from United States

    Posted on 5/7/2015 6:25:23 PM

    I have a double din aftermarket with steering wheel control wires and this radio supports my car. every wire is labeled to my harness (2004 3.8L Buick Lesabre Limited touring) except for six brown wires and two black wires. what do I do and how do I take the dash out?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/7/2015 7:39:02 PM

    Anthony, When it comes to installation, every car is different. The good news is we have vehicle-specific MasterSheets available for purchase. Just give us a call, and an advisor will be able to tell you if there's one for your specific LeSabre. If you bought your double-DIN from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Arlin Cooper from Albuquerque

    Posted on 5/10/2015 6:34:27 PM

    Is there a master sheet for my vehicle (Porsche 1995 911 coupe)? If so how can I obtain one? I'm considering a complete redo of my system. Considering the Porsche Classic head unit. This is a new product, can you obtain one?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/11/2015 10:46:23 AM

    Arlin, Sorry to say, we do not have a MasterSheet for your 1995 Porsche 911 coupe. However, if you are interested in purchasing one for another vehicle in the future, they are $9.99, and if you buy a new in-dash receiver or car speakers within 60 days, we'll refund that cost.

  • Jimmy from 28163

    Posted on 5/12/2015 9:37:07 AM

    I have a 2000 Lexus ES300. The factory harness plug was cut and it seems I can't find the factory color identification chart no where. I got a plug the other day a metra 71-8113 reverse wiring harness to plug in to the factory wires. If u could please send me the chart for the factory. I have the one for the reverse wiring harness. Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2015 9:57:56 AM

    Jimmy, Unfortunately, we don't have a MasterSheet available for a 2000 Lexus ES300. You may be able to find information online through a Lexus forum or by contacting your the service department of your nearest Lexus dealer.

  • Brian Jordan from United States

    Posted on 5/17/2015 8:28:22 PM

    I hooked up the wiring harness for an 04 Hyundai XG 350L. All the wires are connected and match up. I get pwr to the stereo but I don't get any sound from the speakers. I'm using a Metra 70-7301 harness. Any recommendations?

  • Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/18/2015 12:47:15 PM

    Brian, proper power indications and no sound can be an indication of the presence of a factory amplifier in a vehicle. If you have a 2004 Hyundai XG 350L that originally included the factory Infinity sound system, you'll need a line output converter (item 142SLC4 at $19.99) to compensate for the factory amplifier.

  • Walter

    Posted on 5/19/2015 2:57:43 PM

    I have a 2004 Nissan Frontier XE PU. I want to install a new radio, the only info I can find on how to replace it, shows the gear shift in the center consul. Mt shift is on the steering column instead. Before I order a new radio, I need to know how to take the dash apart. Can you help.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/19/2015 4:20:57 PM

    Walter, a Crutchfield advisor will be contacting you soon via email. They'll be able to help you choose a stereo that's right for you and your vehicle, as well as any installation gear you will need. A Crutchfield MasterSheet for the 2004 Nissan Frontier will be included free with your purchase. It will give you step-by-step instructions on how to install your new stereo in your specific dash.

  • William from Auburn, WA

    Posted on 5/31/2015 11:11:27 PM

    I purchased a Nakamichi single din to install in my 2003 Toyota Tacoma, which comes with a double din. Of course I received the install kit, but the holes in factory bracket do not line-up with the Nakamichi (NA87). As a retired modification mechanic with Boeing, I can take measurements and either modify or fabricate brackets. My question is; Is something missing from the installation kit that you sent?

  • Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2015 10:43:02 AM

    William, in reviewing your order, it appears you received all the installation gear we had to offer to install your receiver. Occasionally, those "ISO" holes will be a little off. If you're comfortable in modifying the factory Toyota bracket, that's the best course of action to complete the installation.

  • Ernie from New Jersey

    Posted on 6/5/2015 9:57:29 AM

    I have an older pioneer radio (10 years old) i just purchase a new pioneer radio do you think I can use the same wire harness or connections.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/8/2015 11:24:21 AM

    Ernie, without the knowing the details of either model, we can't say for sure, but there's the possibility that they could use the same harness. You could do an internet search for an image of your old stereo's wiring, or you could remove your old stereo and then compare the connections with your new one. If they match, wire the new radio to your old harness and test its functionality. If you'd like to be prepared in advance, give us a call to order the harness that fits your new stereo into your vehicle.

  • Steve from Aan jose ca

    Posted on 6/13/2015 5:06:06 PM

    How do i get a wireing diagram for my nissan titan2011 basic model

  • Wally from wausau, Wi

    Posted on 6/15/2015 11:06:28 PM

    It Looks like you do not have any installations kit for My 1999 Benz ML320 ?

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015 5:11:36 PM

    Steve, we have the wiring info for your Titan! You can also find it in our online Knowledge Base. Just search for "2011 Nissan Titan". Then select your truck's audio system: with or without the Rockford system and with or without a CD changer. We'll show you the pin-out and wire colors. Or you could just enter your truck in our vehicle selector and we'll show you the proper wiring harness you need!

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015 5:43:52 PM

    Wally, if your Mercedes has the Bose system, then no, we don't have installation instructions. But if you don't have the Bose system, then we DO have instructions. When you order your stereo, you can request the non-Bose instructions (they'll probably help a little), but be sure that you enter your vehicle as having the Bose system (if it does) because the two systems use different wiring harnesses. It might be best if you call us to place your order, so that you can explain your situation. And either way, if you order from us, you'll be able to call our Tech Support team before you begin the installation. They can help you figure out what to do. Good luck!

  • Jessene from New mexico

    Posted on 6/20/2015 12:15:54 AM

    How do I install a cassette player from a 1989 Nissan pickup ,in to a 1995 Nissan pickup

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015 10:51:43 AM

    Jessene, while the radio will likely fit in the opening just fine, the wiring connectors are completely different on those two trucks. You'll have have to hardwire the connections. While you might be able to make that nearly 30 year-old stereo work, your best bet is to purchase a new stereo. That way, you can use a wiring adapter that'll plug into your truck, without having to chop its wiring, and a mounting kit to give you a secure, clean installation. Plus, a new stereo will sounds a lot cleaner and better than that old Nissan radio AND you can get auxiliary and USB inputs, if you want.

  • Jerry from Green Bay WI

    Posted on 7/3/2015 5:35:21 PM

    I want to install a 2002 Toyota stereo in a 2002 Ford van. Do you have conversion wiring/plugs ?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/7/2015 1:56:30 PM

    Jerry, that sounds like an interesting project, but afraid we don't.

  • deke from North Wales

    Posted on 7/18/2015 1:26:46 PM

    I am looking at the Pioneer DEH-X6700BT to replace the standard car audio in my Jeep Liberty 2006. I know what that costs. What are the Dash Kit, Receiver Wiring Harness, Antenna Adapter and Integration Modules. Do I need them? What do the cost? Thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2015 9:03:42 AM

    Deke, a vehicle-specific dash kit, wiring harness, and antenna adapter will make for a much easier installation, and the good news is we offer these items at a deep discount when you buy your car stereo from us. Integration modules will allow you to retain certain factory features that you may feel you need to keep. For a better understanding of how key these items are, check out this video, or give us a call at 1.888.955.6000 and an advisor can help you choose the gear that's right for you.

  • Rachel Pinsky from United States

    Posted on 7/21/2015 10:52:37 PM

    I bought an aftermarket radio for my 65 mustang and when I bought the car there was no radio how do I go about installing it?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/22/2015 9:34:29 AM

    Rachel, has there ever been a radio in your Mustang, or was it never equipped with a sound package? One installation obviously will be very different than the other, since the latter requires the installation of speakers as well. Use our Vehicle Selector vehicle selector to input your vehicle information and then explore our Classic Car category for speakers that won't require you cutting into your doors. For any installation questions, note that if you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Steve from Brush Prairie, WA

    Posted on 7/26/2015 3:26:02 PM

    I have a 1955 Chevy pickup. What is the size of hole I need to cut in the dash to install your after market radio?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/27/2015 11:48:59 AM

    Steve, I wouldn't advise cutting into your dash until you've settled on and are happy with a radio. We haven't researched the '55 Chevy Pick-up, so we can't give you specifics on the layout of that dash and what may be behind the metal you're cutting into. If you're planning on adding a contemporary stereo to your dash, a single-DIN radio measures 7.08" x 2" and a double-DIN radio measures 7.08" x 4". If you'd like a contemporary radio that matches the classic look of your dash, the RetroSound Apache radio is designed for 1954-59 Chevy trucks. RetroSound also offers comprehensive tech support to help you with the installation.

  • Roger Casteel from Mentor on the lake

    Posted on 7/30/2015 11:19:21 PM

    I have a 1993 ford crown victoria, i bought a pioneer head unit from Crutchfield it came with wire harness and the din keys to get the head unit out. My question is do i need a mounting kit?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/31/2015 7:15:55 AM

    Roger, no need for a dash kit in your case, only the metal DIN-sleeve that comes with your radio. You should have also received a MasterSheet with your order that details the installation process. If not, or if you have any questions at all during installation, give us a call. Your order with us entitles you to free lifetime Tech Support.

  • Philip from West Palm Beach

    Posted on 8/1/2015 1:14:18 AM

    On a 2015 Honda Accord when you put in an aftermarket radio do you have an adapter that allows me to use the usb port that is still in the car by the lighter? I just had a pioneer 8000 AVIC installed but currently have a loose usb connector just coming out of the back of the radio with a cord just lying loosely. Thanks Philip

  • Cameron

    Posted on 8/2/2015 4:36:45 PM

    I have a 2004 Toyota do I exchange that radio?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015 9:05:50 AM

    Phillip, we don't carry a harness that allows you to retain that factory USB port. You may have to get creative to keep that cable secure. Good luck!

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015 1:22:30 PM

    Cameron, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. If you purchase your stereo from us you'll receive free step-by-step installation instructions plus free lifetime tech support.

  • Bill Lyon from tioga, pa

    Posted on 8/3/2015 4:56:41 PM

    My Miata has a power antenna that goes up when the radio is turned on. The radio I bought to replace the original has no provision for that wire. Where do I connect that wire? There was no place for the illumination wire either. Where does that wire connect?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/4/2015 11:37:17 AM

    Bill, you may need an additional wiring harness to retain that feature. Without knowing the year of your Miata, it's hard to say for sure though. Give us a call at 1.888.955.6000, and an advisor may be able to help you.

  • terrance from pompano beach

    Posted on 8/8/2015 4:17:49 PM

    where can I purchase a car antenna power wire and growing wire for my car

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015 2:56:04 PM

    Terrance, it sounds like you need a replacement antenna. Use our vehicle selector to find antenna for your car, or give us a call.

  • chris from forest lake

    Posted on 8/16/2015 12:20:30 PM

    I have a 2002 Cadillac Deville base model, that had the standard Dell Electronics factory stereo and factory Amp. I do not have a stereo connect/ harness and I am trying to ID the wiring color codes, I have my rear seat removed to visualize the Amp, door panels pulled to see the speakers but have had zero luck finding the switched pwr source even using my multi-meter. Is there something special about the 2002 Deville that I am missing, I can visually see the rear door speakers have a brown and white wire but when I test the same colored wires coming out of the stereo cavity I get nothing? Do I need to test the speakers at the signal in at the amp or the return/out...I need help?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/17/2015 9:40:16 AM

    Chris, if you're looking for wiring information, you can use our online Knowledge Base. If you buy your gear from Crutchfield, you can always call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchase your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Donald Cok from Grand Rapids

    Posted on 8/18/2015 9:16:53 PM

    I purchased a Pioneer DEH-X6700BT stereo. I purchase the Metra 70-8113 wiring harness. When I connected all the wires to from the stereo harness to The Metra harness, there were a number of wires left over. I figured they were for the RCA plugs. When I connected everything, the stereo powered up fine but I get no sound. So I cut off the RCA plugs and connected the wires of both harnesses together. Still no sound. My 2002 toyota Highlander wire harness has like 20 pins. The metra harness has only 11 pins. So I suspect I have the wrong harness. I cannot find one that looks the the 20 pin highlander harness. Do you have the correct harness for my Highlander?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/19/2015 10:41:28 AM

    Donald, if you have the factory JBL system, then you have the right harness, and it requires you to use all four pre-amp outputs on your new Pioneer stereo as well as connecting the stereo's amp remote wire to the amp remote wire on the harness. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. If your Highlander does not have the factory JBL system, then you do not have the right harness. You'll need this one instead.

  • jerry from Benkelman

    Posted on 8/20/2015 11:28:18 AM

    radio wiring for a 2008 F- 150?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/20/2015 12:28:42 PM

    Jerry, you can search our online Knowledge Base for wiring information on certain vehicles. We do carry wiring harnesses for this vehicle as well as instructions on how to install them. If you buy your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchase your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Kamal from New York

    Posted on 9/5/2015 5:08:29 PM

    I install kenwood dx372bt on my 2011 Honda Pilot lx,only thing I want to how to get back display of compass on factory display screen .

  • Barry Scott from kennesaw

    Posted on 9/7/2015 4:33:57 PM

    I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX.....I purchased a car dvd stereo ( Kenwood DVD DDX371 ) from you about a year ago. I initially installed it into a 1997 Honda Accord, but had to remove it just recently. I purchased the Civic about a week ago and was trying to install it into the Civic today..I noticed there is a BIG gap on the opening of where the other stereo was in the instrument panel on the dash. Does Crutchfield have a nice plastic front that would cover the gap? Also, I need to order a wiring harness from you guys that will fit the 2001 Civic. The one that fit the Accord is too large.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/8/2015 9:01:12 AM

    Barry, we have everything you need. I've passed your info along to our sales team, and they should be contacting you soon.

  • Alex Collins from West Milford

    Posted on 9/27/2015 9:23:41 PM

    I'm planning on buying and installing a Pioneer DEH-X3800UI into my Acura 1996 3.5RL, When i buy the two add on items, (new front panel and wire adapter) will i have to use a soldering iron and connect the wires the hard way, or will the adapter plug into my old connector and the new radio?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015 10:06:17 AM

    Alex, you will need to secure the wires from the harness to the wires on your new stereo by soldering them or using Posi-Products. Posi-Products give you a secure connection and if you don't already have a soldering iron, they are great solution.

  • Alex from WEST MILFORD

    Posted on 10/1/2015 7:33:21 AM

    Do you need your old radio code for your new radio once it's installed

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/1/2015 9:15:28 AM

    Alex, no, you shouldn't need it.

  • Brynna from Round Rock

    Posted on 10/10/2015 8:12:03 PM

    Ok so i bought got a new car stereo for my daughters 1997 plymouth breeze. i did not unhook the negative on the battery. however, i removed the factory radio and connected everything to the new stereo and everything worked just fine. i unhooked everything to mount the stereo but first decided to put on butt connectors or caps for the wires and when i went to hook everything back up it won't work. i also tried connecting the factory radio back up and it won't work. i have checked all the fuses and they are fine but i can't get either radio to work now. is it b/c i didn't unhook the negative terminal of the batter and short circuited something? if so how do i begin to fix that? if not the battery what else could it be. i will also say this, on the initial hookup of the new stereo i hooked the orange illumination wire to the ground wire and it worked, i wasn't sure what to do with those 2 b/c they didn't have a match to another wire. i have tried unhooking those, etc but nothing is working...please help

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