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How do you remove a radio from a Ford Windstar?


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2015-07-15 20:41:40
2015-07-15 20:41:40

Ford DIN Radio Removal Tools - $10.95 DIN Tools are required to safely remove the radio from many Ford vehicles. DM-10-22

These removal tools are also widely available and price from free with radio purchase, to around $4.(Auto parts, Walmart,

You only need the standard Ford radio, U shaped removal tools, readily & cheaply available at an autoparts store, Walmart, etc.

- Use the removal tools to pull the radio assembly out of the dash - note: you do NOT need to remove the plastic trim piece! :)

  • Insert the tools into each pair of small holes on either side of the radio face
  • They're all the way in when you feel them hit an indent, or a bit of 'click'
  • Push the tops of the tools to the *OUTSIDE* while pulling the radio out from the dash. This is more "art" & feel than specific instructions.

- Pull the 2 wire harness connectors off & disconnect the radio antenna.

As you can imagine, re-installing is just a matter of connecting the wire harnesses & antenna - align and push the radio back in until you hear/feel the side-clips click back into place.

TIPS:

  • Be sure to spend the few dollars for the wire harness kit - This saves you from having to CUT the factory wiring.
  • This may take a few tries to get the radio loose, but be patient - maybe get one side at a time released and then sliding it out.

Go to your local auto parts store (I went to Advanced Auto Parts in the Chicago area) and they sell the radio removal tool for about $5.00. All the "tool" consists of is two pieces of metal, about the diameter of a metal coat hanger, bent in a "U" shape. You stick them into the 4 holes in the radio and just wiggle it and pull it out.

This is a good start http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/FLM/PDF/356021.pdf

You only need the standard Ford radio, U shaped removal tools, readily & cheaply available at an auto parts store.

- Use the removal tools to pull the radio assembly out of the dash - note: you do NOT need to remove the plastic trim piece! :)

  • Insert the tools into each pair of small holes on either side of the radio face
  • They're all the way in when you feel them hit an indent, or a bit of 'click'
  • Push the tops of the tools to the *OUTSIDE* while pulling the radio out from the dash. This is more "art" & feel than specific instructions.

- Disconnect the 2 wire harness connectors and the radio antenna wire.

Re-installing is just a matter of connecting the wire harnesses & antenna - align and push the radio back in until you hear/feel the side retainer-clips click back into place.

You only need the standard Ford radio, U shaped removal tools, readily & cheaply available at an autoparts store.

- Use the removal tools to pull the radio assembly out of the dash - note: you do NOT need to remove the plastic trim piece! :)

  • Insert the tools into each pair of small holes on either side of the radio face
  • They're all the way in when you feel them hit an indent, or a bit of 'click'
  • Push the tops of the tools to the *OUTSIDE* while pulling the radio out from the dash. This is more "art" & feel than specific instructions.

- Pull the 2 wire harness connectors off & disconnect the radio antenna.

As you can imagine, re-installing is just a matter of connecting the wire harnesses & antenna - align and push the radio back in until you hear/feel the side-clips click back into place.

Radio removal FordTried the coat hanger deal ended up damaging the clips. Had to remove dash to get to the clips from the backside. Better to buy the "removal tool", it's about $2 at Autozone. Ends are tapered and have a retainer on the end that fits into the radio clips. Follow instructions on package

You need to go to Wal-Mart or Best Buy and buy a removal tool for a couple of bucks. It's u-shaped and made of wire.

You simply put this tool on the notches that show on the side of the radio, push the tool in and pull out the radio. It's really that simple.

If you don't want to purchase the special tools, you can use 4 - 1/8" Allen wrenches. Just be carefull not to insert them more than 1/2". It's a little tricky, but beats buying a tool you may only use once.

Use two radio tools available anywhere insert them into the holes in the face plate (there u shaped and fit vertically. Push them in till you hear a click the push slightly out ward on the radio tools while pulling out on them.

Or you can make the tools out of a wire coat hangar (if you are a cheapskate like me) :) Just fasten 2 "U"s wide enough to span the holes from top to bottom.

Dude, why are you asking, im like 12 and i don't know how to drive a car let alone get a radio out of it <3

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