Want to upgrade your current car stereo system with a better model? Well, it’s a slightly challenging affair, but you needn’t worry as we are going to show you how to do it like a pro in no time. Read the following guide.
How to Install a Car Stereo System
*Screwdrivers (flat head and Philips head)
Please note that what you’ll need and the steps required will vary from the stereo units and the type of vehicle.
Step One: Getting Prepared
First things first; the most important thing to consider while installing a new music system is to purchase a unit that fits properly in the existing slot of your vehicle. Also important, have a radio mounting kit and wiring harness handy.
Step Two: Unplug the battery
The next thing is to unplug the negative wire from the battery so you are completely safe from electric shock while working to remove the old system. Even if the car is switched off, it is still dangerous to touch any electrical unit without first disconnecting the battery.
Step Three: Make way
Gently remove the dashboard panel to create enough space for removing the old system. After this is done, the next thing to do is to unscrew the old panel and unplug all the wires and attachments linked to the system. Pull it out.
Step Four: Plug the new system in (If you have a suitable wire harness)
If you have a model-specific wire harness, then this step will ultimately be a breeze. Just connect the wires at the back of the new unit and plug the connector in the right slot in the new unit.
Step Five: For those who don’t have a wire harness
If you are unable to get the right harness you will have to connect each wire; manually. This is a bit hectic but still do-able as you just have to connect each wire to its rightful polarity – Connect the positive wire of the speaker to the positive slot on the stereo. Do the same with the negative wire.
Step Six: Power wires
Once the stereo and the speakers are connected, connect the negative power wire of the stereo, usually the black wire, to ground. Ultimately this connects to the negative terminal on the battery. The positive yellow wire connects to the positive terminal on the battery. The red wire connects to the ignition switch so that the stereo will turn off when the car is off. You can refer to the stereo installation manual for further clarifications.
Step Seven: Push the system in
Now that everything is attached to its rightful position, it’s time to slide the panel into its initial bracket. Slide the stereo system in (Don’t rush to screw it in just in case there is a problem and you are forced to re-check your work) and then reconnect the battery and start the car. Put in a pen drive, CD or whatever music storage device your new system can play. If the music plays and you’re satisfied, screw the panel in.
Once you’re sure everything is OK, hop in, start the engine and get with the singing! Hope we’ve answered your question on “How to install a car stereo system” to your satisfaction.