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How to remove and replace the radio from 2005 Ford Explorer xlt?

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2011-01-17 05:11:23
2011-01-17 05:11:23
Tools NeededTo remove the radio you will need a "Radio Removal Tool". This is a "U" shaped pin with a dent at the end. This can be commonly found at auto parts stores or, WalMart, etc (widely available for $3-$4). Steps To Remove the Stock RadioThe radio has two holes in each end (four holes total)
  • Insert the removal tool into the holes on each side (This will release the catches holding the radio into the dash)
  • Slide the radio toward you
Other ReferencesThe link below gives instructions for radio removal and includes photos

http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/FLM/PDF/356007.pdf

You can also make your own removing tool from a wire coat hanger: cut 2 U-shaped pieces (about 8" each) and insert them into the 2 holes in the front of your head unit; using a sideways motion and pulling towards you will do the trick, just be carefull when inserting the tool to not scratch the finish on the unit.

I tried the wire hangar solution but went and bought the tool anyway. Either would probably work, but the tool is a bit more sturdy / stiff. Here are the instructions that come with the tool:

  • Disconnect negative battery wire
  • Insert the removal tool into the holes on either side of the faceplate
  • Push the tools forward about 1 inch until the retaining clips are released
  • Grasp the tools tightly and pull apart slightly as you pull the unit from the dash

-Simply use a number 7 socket to remove the 2 mounting screws, then use a flat head screw driver to pry it out. JLKautoparts.com

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