To install a car stereo, first unplug the vehicle's battery and remove the old stereo by sliding stereo removal tools into the appropriate slots on the radio. Attach the wiring to the adapter; if needed, use an output converter to ensure compatibility between the new stereo and old components. Tuck the wiring into the console before plugging in the stereo and the car battery. If the stereo is functional, push it into the dash and apply a faceplate if desired.
Removal tools are referred to as DIN tools and are only useful if the stereo is held in using spring clips and bolts. When the DIN tools are inserted into the slots, the clips are released and the stereo removes easily. However, if it is held in place by bolts, the dash panels should be removed to prevent damage. Once the dash panels are displaced, the bolts can be loosened and the stereo completely removed.
If the car's original stereo is not compatible with removal tools, unplug the vehicle's battery and use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the stereo in place. The stereo should pull easily from the dash.
Car stereos are equipped with a wiring clip that retains the wires attached to it. It also prevents unnecessary vibrations from effecting the stereo's performance.