How To Fit A Car Radio

how to fit a car radio

Small tweaks can change your driving experience forever, and car radios are certainly something that a lot of us can’t do without. There’s just a void in long drives with friends, or the commute to work, that are bereft of a pulsing soundtrack. It’s always a joy to tap that steering wheel along to an ebullient tune or two.


But how to replace a faulty radio, or upgrade to a better model? Whilst many of us are tech enthusiasts, your knowledge may not extend to fitting a vehicle radio from scratch. It’s about time we cleared this up for you, so the only thing screaming is your speaker…


Step 1 – Removal


Taking out the current item isn’t much of a chore; radio ‘keys’ are readily available from vehicle equipment retailers, and they should be the right fit for the job.


All you have to do is find the removal slots on the face of the radio. Slide in a pair of suitable keys, and apply gentle pressure in tandem. The device should fall away into your hands.


Step 2 – Unplugging and adapting


The mini-rainbow of wiring staring at you may look complex, but it really isn’t. Disconnect the loom (a harness of cables that link the device to your car’s power supply) and the old radio’s aerial lead, leaving them ready for a new master.


Your new radio should come with an ISO harness connector, so plug it into the loom. Aerial cables might require an adapter if they don’t fit your vehicle automatically, but again, any retailer worth there salt will stock plenty of them. The same goes for the ISO harness.


Step 3 – Connect the radio


It’s probably a good idea to push wiring back into the radio slot, just so you aren’t getting muddled. Now that you’ve ascertained whether components need an adapter or not, you can click everything into place, getting that aerial antennae fixed and the harness hooked up.


Test the radio’s functionality before you finish up. Go through every function to make sure they align with your vehicle’s sound system, including bass effects and inter-device connectivity, such as Bluetooth. Failure at this stage might indicate that a back fuse has blown.


Step 4 – Re-fit and enjoy!


Once you’re ready to place the new radio inside its compartment, there shouldn’t be any trouble securing. The hold position will be affirmed when you hear a slight ‘click’.


All that’s left to do is store away the radio keys and, potentially, your old device for further use. Happy listening!


So there we have it – there’s really nothing to get tied up about when you’re after a radio upgrade. If you’ve followed these steps, however, and are experiencing problems, York Auto Centre is here to diagnose the trouble.


We can repair vehicle audio systems and provide any sort of detective work on how well your car’s functioning. Book an appointment with our team, and rest assured: we’ll play to your tune, however you like…






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