Subaru Forester

How do you Remove the radio from a Subaru Forester?

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2011-09-12 20:33:35

I successfully replaced the factory radio/cassette unit in my

1998 Forester S using a Philips screwdriver and a 1" putty


The radio buttons didn't always work and the display didn't

display characters. The overhead clock also stopped displaying

correctly but I didn't bother replacing it since a working radio

would have a clock.

Don't bother with using a DIN radio removal tool (the U shaped

wires that supposedly release DIN radios from their sleeve). The

Forester radio is screwed to its sleeve with 2 screws on each


1-open the armrest and you'll see 2 round plastic caps. Insert

the putty knife under the caps to pop them off to reveal the

Phillips screws and remove the screws.

2-insert the putty knife into the cracks around the armrest trim

to pry and release the trim

3-insert the putty knife into the cracks around the trim around

the gearshift lever to pry and release its trim

4-insert the ignition key and turn it to the position that

allows you to move the gearshift lever out of park. Rotate and move

the trim away from the radio area. Return the gearshift back to

park and remove the key.

5-insert the putty knife in the crack between the radio trim and

the dashboard. Gently pry the trim off the dashboard. Go all around

the radio and the storage box under it.

6-You should be able to pull the trim away from the radio.

You'll have to wiggle the trim due to the ashtray and the cigarette


7-remove the 4 screws that mount the radio to the dash frame

8-pull the radio and the storage box and their frame out

slightly and disconnect the antenna, wiring connector and


Good luck.

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