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How to install a car stereo

Remove your factory stereo and install a new one

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Car stereo installation basics — In this article, we'll walk you through the process of installing a new car stereo. We'll cover:

  • How to remove the factory stereo
  • How to wire the new receiver — what you need to know to connect it right
  • How to install the new car stereo

Please read over these guidelines before beginning the installation so you'll know what to expect.

Get your toolbox

You'll need a few tools to get the job done, but nothing serious. A couple of screwdrivers and a wrench or socket set for the battery cable are most common. You’ll also need some wire strippers, electrical tape, and a way to make wiring connections – which we’ll cover later. One of the more important tools you'll need is a panel removal tool to help you safely remove the dash panels without scratching the surfaces or breaking anything. 

Bojo panel tools

Protect your trim panels by using the right tool for the job.

Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation

If you’re looking for a more visual take, check out this video of one of our senior advisors installing a stereo. He walks you through the process from start to finish and shares a few expert tips along the way.

Removing the factory stereo

When installing a new stereo in your car, your first step will be to remove the old stereo. It would be easy to breeze through the removal steps and forget them. But don’t rush! You’ll want to make sure you remember the sequence of these steps, since you’ll be reversing this process to install a new stereo.

For detailed information on how to remove the factory stereo that's specific to your vehicle, refer to your Crutchfield MasterSheet™ instructions, which walk you through the process step-by-step. Otherwise, you may use the general guidelines below. These instructions are free with a car stereo purchase, or you can purchase them separately for $9.99. Using MasterSheet instructions with the general guidelines below will prove to be a winning combo.

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 most often be mounted in one of the following ways:

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

Removing a spring-clip mounted radio

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 either side of the unit until you hear a click. 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

Removing a stereo that's bolted in place

Sometimes, accessing the stereo requires the removal of one or more trim panels 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, you should be able to see screws that secure the radio to the dash. Remove the screws and pull the stereo from the dash.

Installing a stereo in a Prius dash.

Removing a stereo attached to a rail system

Some vehicle manufacturers mount the factory radio to a guide rail inside the dash. Once the spring clips or bolts are removed, you can slide the radio off of the rail. Because this rail can sometimes interfere with the chassis of a new radio, it may have to be removed too. Something to keep in mind: once this is done, you often cannot reinstall the factory radio.

Stereos for older cars

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. One of our vendors, RetroSound, offers several vintage shaft-style radios with modern features on board and a versatile mounting system.

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  the speakers. You will need to unplug the factory stereo from the wiring harnesses, and unplug the antenna to complete the removal process.

With the old radio out of the way, it's time to focus on the new one. That involves connecting all the wires and then installing the stereo in the dash. 

Factory stereo wiring harness

How to wire a car stereo

If Crutchfield carries a vehicle-specific 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.

car stereo custom wiring harness

These harnesses usually include a color-coded wiring diagram for connecting the harness to your new stereo. Your new stereo will also include a radio wiring diagram in the owner's manual. Refer to the two diagrams to confirm the car stereo wire colors that need to be connected to the adapter harness. The nice thing is that you can make these connections on a workbench, desk, or kitchen table without having to be inside the vehicle.

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 car's 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 wiring.

Posi-product connectors

Options for connecting the wires

You’ll need to fasten bare wires together, and there are few ways to do it:

  1. 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. Most purists prefer this method, because it’s the most secure and conductive connection for the wiring.
  2. Posi-Product™ connectors offer a quick and secure twist-on connection for wires, and they can be re-used. It never hurts to have a couple of Posi-Tap connectors on hand for various jobs, too. This is our favorite way to get strong connections fast. 
  3. 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.

NOTE: Avoid only taping the wires together — eventually the tape will dry out and fall off, exposing the wires and making it only a matter of time before something shorts out. 

Check out our wire connecting videos to see these three methods in action.

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 radio station presets, tone control presets, and clock settings every time you turn off the vehicle.

Although rare, a 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 to the battery location, which is often through the vehicle firewall and into the engine compartment in order to make the connection at the battery.

Speaker wires

Car stereos have eight wires for the traditional 4-speaker system – a positive wire and a negative wire for the front left, front right, rear left, and rear right speakers. Depending on the wiring configuration in your vehicle and the wiring harness adapter we offer, some of these may not be used.

Ground wire

A good ground connection is vital for proper stereo performance and to eliminate unwanted noise. If you are not using a custom wiring harness, look for a bare, unpainted bolt or screw 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 parking brake wire

If your new stereo has a touchscreen or video monitor, you will also need to connect a wire to your emergency/parking brake wire. This wire acts as a switch to turn on the video monitor when the parking brake is engaged. 

This wire can be in different locations in different vehicles, depending on the brake configuration. The wire is usually found where your parking brake is. In vehicles that have a hand brake between the front seats, you'll have to remove the center console to get to it. In vehicles that have a foot-pedal parking brake, the stereo's wire will need to be routed to it under that dash. Either way, it isn't too hard, just take your time. And once again, Crutchfield's award-winning tech support team can be a big help in locating it and helping you get to it.

Installing the new stereo

Mounting the stereo in the dash

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 to install the stereo.

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. In other cases, you attach the mounting kit to the new stereo first, then secure both in the dash with screws.

If your vehicle has an upgraded version of the factory sound system (such as a Bose or Harman Kardon upgrade, for example) or an integrated stereo/climate control panel, you will probably need a special factory system wiring 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 your new stereo from us.

iDatalink Connec KIT-MUS1 Factory Integration Adapter

This integration package lets you keep the factory LCD screen and touchscreen climate controls in select 2010 and up Ford Mustangs.

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. Depending on the stereo you choose, you’ll also need to connect various things to the rear of the stereo, such as the Bluetooth® microphone wire, a USB cable, steering wheel control interface, or an auxiliary input cable.

Check your work

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.

Note: 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 trim panel that you removed.

What about modifications? 

In some vehicles, you might have to make modifications to the dash opening or the area inside (what we refer to as the “dash substructure”) in order to install a new stereo. If this is the case for your vehicle, we’ll warn you about it when you’re shopping on our site, and also in your Crutchfield MasterSheet. And once again, don’t hesitate to call our tech support crew if you need any guidance.

Ready to try it yourself?

By now you should have some idea of what is involved in replacing your factory stereo with a new, better, aftermarket stereo. So, it’s time to check out 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.

And if you have questions, we’re ready for you. You can contact our Advisors via chat, email, or phone.

In-dash Stereo Installation Guide
  • Cody from Goldsboro

    Posted on 3/1/2019

    I switched out my radio as instructed in my 1993 ford f150 i connected all the wires ans harness together but there was one wire left over with no other wire to connect to it was the orange wire ans my radio will mot power on

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield on 3/3/2019
    Cody, give our Tech Support a call. Your purchase with us entitles you to free help troubleshooting your system. Check out our tech support page for details.
  • Tim from Deep River, CT

    Posted on 10/2/2018

    Can I use the power wire from the amplifier (mounted in the back of my 2005 Highlander w/JBL) for a turn on signal for my under seat powered subwoofer (Kenwood KSD-PSW8)?

    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield on 10/2/2018
    Tim, we wouldn't advise using the power wire. However, if you don't have factory navigation, the pink wire (pin 17) at your factory amp location is your amp's remote turn-on. Unfortunately, we don't have that same info for the navigation model, so we can't say for sure which wire is for remote turn-on if that's the model Highlander you have. Either way, if you bought that sub 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.
  • Adam from Lancaster

    Posted on 7/12/2018

    I connected the red to the red on the harness and the yellow to the yellow and the stereo wont power on unless i connect both red wires and both yellow all together then it powers on but stays on when i shut the car off?

    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield on 7/17/2018
    Adam, give our Tech Support a call. If you bought your gear from us, they'll help you troubleshoot your system for free. 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.
  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/17/2016

    Dale, we carry a variety of car stereos that play CDs. No CD changers though. The antennas that we carry are mostly vehicle-specific. Give us a call with info on the vehicles that you're considering and we'll be able to tell you more about your options for antennas as well as stereos.

  • Dale from Monticello, IA

    Posted on 10/13/2016

    I am considering a new vehicle (my present one is 11 years old). It has a CD player and also a "real" whip antenna for the AM and FM radio. The new vehicles all seem to have very short "rods" for antennas or the "shark fins". My two concerns over a new vehicle: 1) I routinely listen to distant AM and FM stations in the old vehicle (200+ miles on AM, 50 to 100 miles on FM). I don't expect similar performance with these very small present-day antennas (and I have no interest in a subscription music service). How do I change out the antenna or add a "real" one on the fender? 2) I want a CD changer/player in my new vehicle. Can I still get replacement radios with CD - I don't care about Bluetooth - unimportant to me.

  • matt from san diego

    Posted on 7/13/2016

    10 years ago I would have never tried to change out a factory stereo. I just did last night night in about an hour. Not only did I save money, but I got the deck I wanted (plays flac!!) and the satisfaction of doing it myself. I recommend to anyone to buy all the adapters, harnesses and add on's these guys provide, it will save a boat load of time. The only part I didn't figure out right away was bending the deck mount tabs, also I installed the deck upside down (d'oh!). I now know why they include the release keys.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/5/2016

    Kai, 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. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Kai

    Posted on 7/1/2016

    I replaced it with a JVC Arsenal KW-R925BTS by the way

  • Kai

    Posted on 7/1/2016

    Hi I have a 2003 Toyota Tundra Limited. It came with a factory JBL and factory amp. I took out the factory amp and connected the Metra 70-1761 harness adapter thing and crimped all the wires together. Plugged it back in and now there is a steady buzzing from rear left and front right speaker/tweeter. Do you think I just didn't connect wires good enough or what? Otherwise the install went well except for the buzzing

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/26/2016

    Holland, instructions will vary depending on your Camry's factory package. 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. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Holland from Florence

    Posted on 4/25/2016

    i ordered the JVC KW- B910bt radio for my 2011 Toyota Camry. It came with the wiring harness needed. I connnected all the wires with the correct color. I plug it in.... no power.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/11/2016

    Dean, for that stereo, you'll need this installation kit. If you have the 2006 Corolla with the JBL system, then you'll need this harness. If you do not, then you'll need this harness. Give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Dean Stadtlander from Clear Lake

    Posted on 4/9/2016

    Just bought a 2006 toyota corolla s and already have a Alpine cde-143bt stereo. Im looking to get a installation kit an wiring harness to make it fit in my dash. Which kit and harness do I need?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/29/2016

    Samantha, you may have reversed your constant 12-volt and your accessory 12-volt connection. It would be worth re-checking your wiring. If that's not the problem and 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. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Samantha

    Posted on 2/27/2016

    I have a 2000 Jetta and a few days ago my friend and I installed an Axxera stereo. Not sure what we did wrong but yesterday my battery was dead. I got it jump started and drove around for probably 30-40 minutes. Today, I went to go drive to the store and my battery was dead again. Any guesses?

  • michael feliciano from wilmington

    Posted on 2/16/2016

    would you happen to have detail info on how to tuck wires in 2012 camaro

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/9/2016

    Haylee, 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. Check out our tech support page for details. If you're looking for wiring information on your vehicle, you may be able to find what you need searching our online Knowledge Base.

  • Haylee from Fortuna

    Posted on 2/8/2016

    I have a 2003 350z and im trying to install a pioneer AVICX850BT but dont no witch wire go to what can you help?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/3/2016

    Alex, you'll want to ground the black wire on bare metal connected to the vehicle chassis. You may see a grounding point already in use for other wiring. If it doesn't add noise to your audio, you can certainly ground there.

  • Alex Morris from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Posted on 2/2/2016

    I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, I have all of the parts put together to install my new stereo. The only problem that I am having is finding a place to ground the black wire. I see a metal insert where one of the screws that hold the stereo into place goes the only problem that I am having is that there is a plastic hole that the screw goes through before it goes to the metal and I would like to know if it is safe to ground the wire there.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/5/2016

    David, you'll need a steering wheel control adapter to use your factory controls. I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon to confirm the right adapter for your vehicle and stereo.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/5/2016

    Ali, your purchase from Crutchfield entitles you to free Tech Support. You'll find that contact number in your emailed Crutchfield receipt. Definitely give us a call, and our team will help you troubleshoot your installation.

  • Ali Partow from Los Ranchos

    Posted on 1/4/2016

    I am waiting to receive my Sony MEX-GS810BH radio for replacing the OEM radio for my 99 BMW Z3 from Crutchfield. I have looked at the installation wiring diagram for the radio and the wiring diagram for the receiver wiring adaptor (harness) coming free from Cruthchfield (120 70-8590). The adaptor instruction (step 1b) cautions that adaptor illumination wire (orange) should not be connected to the receiver illumination wire if that is orange/white. The Sony wiring diagram shows the illumination wire to be orange/white striped. Does this really mean that I should not connect the two? And would that result in the radio having no illumination?

  • David from Carlyle

    Posted on 1/4/2016

    I installed KD-SR81BT Radio in 1999 Dodge Durango sounds fine but steering wheel controls do not work what do I need to do

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2016

    Brant, your purchase from Crutchfield entitles you to free Tech Support. You'll find that contact number in your emailed Crutchfield receipt. Definitely give us a call, and our team will help you troubleshoot your system.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/4/2016

    JD, you'll need to ground the stereo to the vehicle chassis wherever is convenient. You may need additional ground wire, and be sure to test operation before re-installing your dash.

  • Jd from Ukiah

    Posted on 12/31/2015

    I have a 2005 Nissan Altima without the Bose system I have a Jvc kw120bt and there is no ground wire to the wiring harness inside the vehicle but yes the aftermarket stereo has one where do I connect that any bare metal spot

  • Brant from La Crosse, WI

    Posted on 12/30/2015

    Thank you for this guide. I purchased a Metra LC-GMRC-01 Wiring Interface from Crutchfield for my 2004 Chevy Classic and installed a JVC CD player. I followed the wiring instructions. 10 days after hook up, car battery died. Charged it up, 10 days later, battery died. Uninstalled CD player and wiring harness, car worked fine for several days. Re-installed CD player and next day battery was dead. Took it to my mechanic. Battery and alternator tested fine. He did a battery drain test and found a serious, constant drain on the battery. Uninstalled the CD player and wiring harness and the battery drain disappeared. What's wrong? When the CD player is installed it functions as it should. Turns off when ignition is off and door is opened. I did not use Posi-ProductT connectors, but instead used yellow winged wire connectors.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/27/2015

    Scott, you should have received your MasterSheet via email along with your receipt and a contact number for free lifetime tech support. If you do not see it, please give an advisor a call at 1.888.955.6000.

  • Scott from delta

    Posted on 11/24/2015

    I Bought a pioneer avh-x2800bs for my 2007 gmc truck new body style, does the master sheet come with that for installing. if so I did not get it, also does it show how to hook up steering wheel controls to the radio, trying to see how to wire all together from radio to steering wheel to truck harness thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/25/2015

    Kewanda, I've passed your info along to our sales team. An advisor will be able to answer all your questions about choosing the right gear for installation.

  • Kewanda Cox from Monroe

    Posted on 10/23/2015

    I'm thinking about buying the JVC KW-R910 BT & i also purchase recommended installation gear.. for my 2003 Yukon xl and I have Bose speaker system and I can't afford to change factory amplifier right now but my factory cd is gone and I want to know will this cd system still work with proper installation and I'm a 39 yr old female will I be able to do along with my 19 yr old son's help? Thanks in advance......

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/13/2015

    Brynna, yes, you should have disconnected the battery. It would appear you've blown a fuse. Check fuse #5 on the driver's side dash panel fuse box. It should be a 10 amp fuse which is likely blown. If fuse #5 is okay, check fuse #14 in the same location, also a 10 amp fuse. Also, be sure the black ground wire from the radio is going to chassis ground, or spliced to the braided metal ground strap that was attached to the stock radio chassis. The orange wire on the adapter harness should be taped off, and not used at all. Hopefully, this helps. If not, you can get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Brynna from Round Rock

    Posted on 10/10/2015

    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

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/1/2015

    Alex, no, you shouldn't need it.

  • Alex from WEST MILFORD

    Posted on 10/1/2015

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

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015

    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 Collins from West Milford

    Posted on 9/27/2015

    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 9/8/2015

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

  • Barry Scott from kennesaw

    Posted on 9/7/2015

    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.

  • Kamal from New York

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    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 .

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    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.

  • jerry from Benkelman

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    radio wiring for a 2008 F- 150?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/19/2015

    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.

  • Donald Cok from Grand Rapids

    Posted on 8/18/2015

    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 8/17/2015

    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.

  • chris from forest lake

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    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 8/10/2015

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

  • terrance from pompano beach

    Posted on 8/8/2015

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

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/4/2015

    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.

  • Bill Lyon from tioga, pa

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    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 8/3/2015

    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.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    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!

  • Cameron

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    I have a 2004 Toyota do I exchange that radio?

  • Philip from West Palm Beach

    Posted on 8/1/2015

    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

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/31/2015

    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.

  • Roger Casteel from Mentor on the lake

    Posted on 7/30/2015

    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 7/27/2015

    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.

  • Steve from Brush Prairie, WA

    Posted on 7/26/2015

    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 7/22/2015

    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.

  • Rachel Pinsky from United States

    Posted on 7/21/2015

    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 7/20/2015

    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.

  • deke from North Wales

    Posted on 7/18/2015

    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 7/7/2015

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

  • Jerry from Green Bay WI

    Posted on 7/3/2015

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

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/22/2015

    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.

  • Jessene from New mexico

    Posted on 6/20/2015

    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 6/16/2015

    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!

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015

    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!

  • Wally from wausau, Wi

    Posted on 6/15/2015

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

  • Steve from Aan jose ca

    Posted on 6/13/2015

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

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/8/2015

    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.

  • Ernie from New Jersey

    Posted on 6/5/2015

    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.

  • Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/1/2015

    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.

  • William from Auburn, WA

    Posted on 5/31/2015

    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?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/19/2015

    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.

  • Walter

    Posted on 5/19/2015

    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.

  • Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/18/2015

    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.

  • Brian Jordan from United States

    Posted on 5/17/2015

    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?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/12/2015

    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.

  • Jimmy from 28163

    Posted on 5/12/2015

    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 5/11/2015

    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.

  • Arlin Cooper from Albuquerque

    Posted on 5/10/2015

    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 5/7/2015

    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.

  • Anthony Hood from United States

    Posted on 5/7/2015

    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?

  • Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/28/2015

    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.

  • jim from 46156

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    will this fit my 208 canyon?

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