How To Replace Your Car Stereo?!

Disclaimer: we read and learned how to replace the car stereo from the Crutchfield’s awesome tutorial.

Okay, so we didn’t give so much of technical articles on our site.

Playing with car sound system components is quite hard and could cost you some components but if you are willing to learn to do something specific it won’t be a problem for you.

Also, there is a lot and I mean a lot of awesome tutorials on sites like Popular mechanics and Crutchfield to do anything related to car sound system. These guys are amazing.

So, we thought we should start blogging it and we picked something very easy to start with.

How To Replace Your Car Stereo?!

So hub on,

Safety always comes first and the first thing you need to do is to remove the negative cable from the car battery to prevent accidentally short circuiting something.


The first step: Removing your Old stereo

Your old stereo is going to be mounted in one of two options:

1- Spring Clip Mounting

If it is the case you are going to need DIN tools, usually U shapes to insert them and get you old stereo out.

Insert a pair of the U shaped DIN tools in the holes until you hear a click and then pull it out.


2- Bolted In Place

If this is the case, it is going to be harder but we are going to do it. You will need to remove some parts but CAREFULLY  till you reach the stereo without any covers and you will see brackets or screws. Remove them and pull the stereo out and you are good to go.


Wiring a car stereo:

If you have a wiring harness for your car you should find a stereo wiring diagram. Looking at it with the radio wiring diagram you get with your new stereo you should be able to identify the wires and wire them easily.


Crimping or soldering your wires, which one is better?

Picking between crimping and soldering is just a personal preference. If you feel comfortable soldering your wires and you know you won’t change you stereo in a long time okay, go with it. You just need to understand that soldering is harder and more permanent and it goes both ways. I mean harder when connecting, harder when removing so, it is up to you.


Crimping, on the other hand, is so easy, pick the right size, crimp, and you are good to go. It is also easier if you want to remove or replace the stereo at any time which is fairly possible. Actually, we prefer crimping.


Power Wires:

You see, it is perfect when you connect all your stereo’s wires in the wiring harness but if you have to make direct powering connections there are two things you need to be aware of:


Switched Power: simply this is going to turn your car stereo on or off when you turn your car on or off. To save you car battery from draining its power,


Constant power: simply, ALWAYS ON. to save your settings and your preferences, it is a thing some of the heavy and modern stereos ask for. So, you need to understand what is the thing you have to go with.


In-dash video:

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.



No one could give you a working hint when it comes to mounting because everything is different. Your car, your old stereo, and your new stereo. You might need a new mounting and you might not. Actually mounting is the first thing you need to take care of before you make anything or remove any parts.

It is the last thing to take care of but the first thing to take care of.

Check also our review for the best touch screen car stereos in 2017

Enjoy Your Car sound System