Every new car that you see has an impressive looking car stereo installed as a standard option, making each customer that buys one a happy customer. But just because only certain people can buy these brand new cars with nice car stereos, doesn’t mean you must suffer with an old one. You can have your old commuter car, and still enjoy quality, easy-to-operate music while you drive. We have a simple guide that will help you install a new car stereo to jam out with.
- To begin this do-it-yourself project, you will first want to decide what car stereo you want by either going to a store or buying one online. Make sure you get one that will fit in your vehicle, look up your car’s stereo size and what size stereo will work with it. Once you acquired the car stereo, or head unit, you want, let us head into your car.
- Before you install your new head unit, you obviously must remove the old car stereo first. You will need to use the removal tool/keys by sliding them each into the appropriate slots at the front of the car stereo. You should then be able to pull the old head unit out, and detach all the wires from the back of it. Other head units may require the removal of trim pieces. A flat screwdriver, wrapped in masking tape, works well for this purpose.
- Now that the old head unit is out, you will see many wires that are stoked to make a new connection with the next eligible car stereo. To get started you will need to connect the car’s wiring to the adapter harness. As wiring can fit differently depending on the make and model of car, you may need multiple adapters for the transition. An example of another adapter that you may need, is an antenna adapter. The car’s antenna cable end and the car stereo’s antenna cable end could be incompatible and therefore you will need an adapter to convert a female end to male end, or vice versa. On the other hand, if you have a wiring diagram and soldering set, you can save a little bit of money by wiring it in yourself.
- As stated before, your car could be older but you are still looking for a new car stereo. This may create the need for an output converter. The need for an outfit converter is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just important to know beforehand to ensure your new car stereo works correctly. Just to emphasize, not all cars will need one when installing a new car stereo, but it would be best to find out before committing to the installation process.
- Once all these connections have been made, it would be good to tuck all the wiring into the console to keep your work in order. Remember, a tidy workspace is a happy workspace. Also, having the wires pushed into the console makes it easier for the last step of replacing your car stereo.
- The last step of replacing your car stereo is plugging in the wiring harness and testing to make sure it works. When testing, don’t simply turn on the car stereo and turn it off, be sure to test the full functionality of the stereo. It would be a real shame if you were to install it completely, start driving down the road, and find out that, say, the power antenna doesn’t activate. Once you have tested it, compete the installation by sliding the radio into the frame. You may need an adapter for this as well if it is not the right size. Reapply any trim that came off and you are good to go!
Installing a new car radio can be a fun DIY project. The work is rewarding in itself but it also leads to endless melodies on your trips and commutes. You are now ready to replace a car stereo yourself and use the stereo features of a new car. This can make your little-vehicle-that-could, a little-vehicle-that-does.