How to take out the radio in a 1995 Mercury Cougar?
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There are 4 holes; 2 on the left and 2 on the right. Behind the holes on either side is a clip that snaps the radio chassis into place within the dash board. The holes allow you to insert a tool/coat hanger into the holes, depressing the clip and allowing the stereo to pull out. The clip is split, meaning the top half and bottom half need to be compressed at the same time, and the radio barely fits into the dash, meaning you really should compress all 4 clips at the same time. Otherwise, you are working the radio back and forth and snapping the clips on back on accidentally.
As the original author stated, you can bend a coat hanger into a U-shape. You will need two of these, and they will need to poke behind the radio at least 4 inches. BEWARE OF DOING THIS, HOWEVER. I tried this with my radio - the clips actually cut into the metal of the coathanger (they are sharp and a hard metal, the coat hanger is not) and I couldn't pull them out! Eventually, I had to rip the coathangers out of the dashboard, breaking the metal clip inside and making it very difficult.
The tools are readily available at any auto parts store or even Walmart, and include notches on the end to push the clip in and grip it at the same time, pulling the radio out from the back and making it really easy.
I HAVE A BAD IDEA
I read all this and i made a u tool and then I
1. stuck it in "4 inches"
2. got a hammer and chisel and broke off the raido front plate until I had a visual on those freakin clips everyone knows about
3. Vise-griped the whatever and pried and proded until my woman had a made in Korea in her arms to deposit into the dumpster i rented
4. then i installed my new alpine
1. get some fine grit sandpaper and smooth out the roughed up spot you put into the whatever on the side of your new stereo
2. keep your head out of the clouds ! You should feel accomplished!
In order to take the factory radio out of a 1999 Mercury Cougar you must have DIN tools. Once you make sure you have these, you can insert the tools into the screws on both sides of the stereo. After the tools are inserted, you need to push the tools to the outside of the stereo (slightly) to release the lock mechanism. After the mechanism is released, you can pull the stereo forward and out…
If it's anything like the Cougar LS, there should be 4 holes in the factory stereo. There is a U shaped removal tool that you can get (they come in pairs). They will have instruction on how to pull the stereo on them. If you don't want to be bothered to do this yourself, just have the place you got the new radio from install it for you. Should cost an extra $100 or so.
If it is a 1999 or 2000 Cougar, then it'll take a while, many professional shops have trouble doing it in less than 8 hours, prepare to take longer than two days if you do it yourself. If you have the slightly redesigned 2001 or 2002 Cougar, it is much easier, as the mounting bolts are easier to get to through the fender wall. There are instructions for the job, no matter the year, at…