Part 1: Preparing to Install a Car Stereo System
The most common adaptation that many people put into their cars is a new car stereo. Most of them have professionally installed a car stereo to cost hundreds of times more than the stereo itself. However, for many people, due to the additional installation costs, they may not get the stereo they want at this time. Installing your own car stereo can save you a lot of money, and you can do as much as a professional installation. All you need is some equipment, some details and a little time. Spending a little time getting ready will save you a lot of installation time.
Your new car stereo:
Once you’ve decided which car stereo you want to install in your vehicle, take a moment to make sure it will fit your vehicle. Some cars only accept single-noise car stereos, which means they only take the standard rectangular shape. Others will accept 1.5 DIN, 2 DIN, 2.5 DIN, etc.. If your car only accepts up to 1.5 DIN, then you need to choose one or 1.5 DIN stereo.
In-Dash Receiver Kit:
This is a kit that will help your dashboard keep your new stereo safe. Many older cars will use a universal kit, but any car has an air conditioning control built into the bezel of the stereo, a trim strip that acts like the bezel, or holes that are not square or rectangular. You will need a kit specially adapted for your vehicle. It should be noted that there are many manufacturers of the kit. You will find kits for the same car that look about the same for between $ 10 and $ 50.
In many cases, the cheaper kit does not fit reliably because you do not allow the stereo to rotate while driving or allow the stereo to fit entirely into the dash. Either way, you will damage your stereo, dashboard, or other devices behind the dashboard. This can result in more expense than the original cost of the stereo in repair bills. I suggest ordering the kit from a trusted source like Crutchfield or Jesse Whitney, or picking one from your local reputable car radio store. You should stay away from most discount stores. There are exceptions, but if you don’t know the difference, it’s safe to stay away from them.
Wire Harness Adapter:
Most cars have a simple 1–3 pin suspension on the back of the stereo. This harness has speakers, a dimmer, power cords, and sometimes other accessory inputs required for a stereo connection. The adapter has the correct connection to connect this harness to your new stereo. If you refuse to buy this adapter, you will have to cut the harness and hard wires of your car into the harness. In my opinion, the adapter is worth its price .. It allows you to return the car to the head unit if you ever want to. In some cases, this adapter will be included with the Dash Dash receiver.
Car stereo installation tool kit:
You can buy them separately as kits or components. The first thing you need is a set of tools inside. These kits allow you to remove interior trim parts without breaking them. They come in metal or plastic hardware. The metal is comfortable to use, but the plastic won’t scratch your parts. The next tool you will need is the old stereo removal tool. Most vehicles require DIN hardware. Please check what equipment your car needs before purchasing. Without a DIN tool, you will not be able to pull out the original head unit. Next, you need a basic power kit. This should include multimeters, wire strippers and crimpers, splice connectors, and electrical tape. In some cases, you will also need a screwdriver and pliers. All of these parts of the tool kit will also be used to install speakers, amplifiers, or any other additional electronic accessories you wish to install in your car, so they are not disposable tools.
It is highly recommended to use “Parts bucket” One of the hardest things to keep track of is every single fastener, bolt, and nut. Keeping them all in one container is an easy way not to lose anyone. I prefer to take it one step further when possible, and each trim piece has its own basket with clasps. Thus, there is no question of which part of the fastener goes with it.
This is a step of preparation that many people overlook. Where are you going to set up? When are you going to install it? What is the temperature? How to light these are important preparation questions. Most people will not have access to a cool / hot garage with lots of lighting to complete their installation. They will perform it at home. If you live in an apartment, you have other concerns. In many cases, the lease agreement in the apartment contains a “prohibition of working on a car” clause.
This means that you may indeed be forced to stop after you start. If you can work with a stereo system, check with your apartment office before starting. What day / time of year are you going to set? If it is summer when the temperature is 100 ° F, you will be very hot and sweaty. After a while, you will want to do and start doing things quickly. If you don’t have access to a climate-controlled garage, try finding a shaded area with a fan that will heat the area around you and can blow air around you. Having a little drip light allows you to take your car with you, it helps more than expected, even if you are outside under the scorching sun, there are many dark areas inside the car dashboard.
Part 2: Car stereo installation
The most common adaptation that many people put into their cars is a new car stereo. Most of them have professionally installed a car stereo to cost hundreds of times more than the stereo itself. However, for many people, due to the additional installation costs, they may not get the stereo they want at this time. Installing your own car stereo can save you a lot of money, and you can do as much as a professional installation. All you need is some equipment, some details and a little time. Now that you have completed the preparations, you are ready to proceed with the installation.
Disconnect the battery:
Disconnect the NEGATIVE battery cable. This step is necessary to ensure that you do not damage your new stereo’s battery or receive power surges during operation.
Remove the trims from the dashboard of your vehicles:
Using a trimming tool, carefully remove all necessary trim pieces from your car dashboard to expose your original car stereo. Your dashboard receiver kit often contains instructions on which parts you need to remove. Check out these instructions for any guidance. Make sure all fasteners and trims are in order. Using a parts basket or other dedicated storage space that’s not easy to break and isn’t the way you work. For many things, this may seem like an unnecessary step, but I spent hours looking for a lost clip or had to go to the dealership to buy a damaged piece. In any case, those extra minutes were invaluable.
Remove car stereo:
Use a DIN tool (or other specialized tool) to remove the old car stereo. You have holes around the edges for inserting the tool. After inserting them, drag the tool outward (left and right). Slowly but persistently, we begin to take out the original car radio. When the old stereo begins to come out, grasp the edges of the stereo and fully pull it out while supporting. Don’t just rule it out. Pull it out slowly until it is completely free. Once you’re completely disconnected, disconnect all connections and set your old stereo aside.
Install the receiver kit in the dashboard:
Read the instructions carefully and completely before starting work. This step is very important to maintain a professional-looking installation. Use the trim removal tool to separate any required trim parts that have not already been removed. Install the receiver kit into the dashboard following the instructions. Your new parts should line up and snap into place easily. If not, take a moment to find out why they don’t and fix the problem. For any kit that requires a pull nut or bolt to install, make sure you do not apply torque to it as this can damage parts and cause alignment problems.
Install the mounting sleeve:
The mounting sleeve is part of the receiver unit in the instrument cluster or part of a new stereo system. In some cases, you will have one with a stereo and the other with a kit. It is always best to compare the 2 and decide which one suits your stereo best and most reliably. This shroud is usually a metal cage on which the new stereo is actually installed. Install the bushing into the kit. Make sure the kit and sleeve are attached to each other and to the car dashboard. If the piece is loose or not square, adjust both to the correct position.
Install the wiring harness adapter:
Now that the car is ready to install your new stereo, it’s time to start preparing your stereo. Take the stereo out of its packaging and locate the cable tie. Some stereos will have it permanently connected, while others will have a separate plug. Either way, you need to attach the wires from the wiring harness adapter pr.
Install a new stereo system:
You are now ready to connect your new stereo to the cars wiring harness. Connect the harness adapter to the jack you disconnected from your original stereo and to your new stereo if not already connected. You must have enough wires to install your stereo somewhere nearby. Reconnect the battery contacts and tighten. Poor battery connection is one of the main causes of electrical problems in cars.
Check out your new stereo:
At this point, everything should be reconnected to the radio, but not to the dashboard. Turn on the radio and check that all speakers and other supported items are working, such as lowering the display when the lights are on. After completing the test, turn off the key and insert the new stereo into the mounting sleeve on the dashboard. When doing this, do not forget to tuck the wires into the dashboard. The stereo should slide easily without sticking. If you have a ligament, pull it back and find out the cause of the ligament. When fully inserted, the stereo system locks onto the mounting sleeve and is securely fastened.
Refurbish your car dashboard trims:
Refit the dashboard trim to all parts of your vehicle by removing the trim in reverse order. If any trim parts were included with the dash receiver kit, replace the original trim part with a part from the kit.
Take time to adjust the clock, display settings, equalizer level, balance and attenuation settings, connect any Bluetooth or other accessories and options. It is better to do this now than while driving. Take some time to get used to the controls, it looks very easy to look at in the manual, but you have a new stereo in your car that can be a distraction when driving safely and learning from home.
It’s time to enjoy your new car stereo. You have done a lot of work and should be proud of your efforts. You have saved hundreds of dollars on professional installations.