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How To Install A Car Stereo In 5 Easy Steps

Putting an aftermarket car stereo into your vehicle is a simple upgrade that not only enhances the sound quality of your music, but also adds many new features. For most vehicles, it’s not difficult to install a car stereo yourself, and it takes only a couple of hours if you do everything correctly. To start this installation you will need the following tools:

  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Panel Pry Tools
  • Wire Strippers
  • Crimping Tool
  • Butt Connectors (or crimp caps)

In addition to this list, you will need any additional tools that your vehicle may require. First and foremost, you need to disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent damage to the vehicles electrical system during the installation. Second, remove the factory car receiver by following the instructions that are included with the installation accessories that we provide with your stereo purchase. Third, prepare the aftermarket stereo by properly mounting the unit in the dash-kit by following the instructions that are included. Next, use butt connectors to connect the stereo’s wiring harness to the vehicle wiring harness adapter. Fourth, install any additional accessories the aftermarket stereo came with such as a wired microphone, GPS antenna or a rear USB cable extension. The fifth step is to connect the aftermarket stereo assembly and wiring harness to the vehicle, securing the dash and replacing all panels that were removed during the process. Don’t forget to reconnect anything else that was disconnected such as air bags, 12V cigarette lighter sockets, and of course the negative battery terminal.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal
  2. Remove the factory receiver
  3. Mount stereo in dash-kit and connect wiring harnesses
  4. Install additional stereo accessories
  5. Connect the new stereo assembly and wiring harness to vehicle

That’s all there is to it, 5 fairly easy steps and you’ll be enjoy all of the features of your new car stereo. Replacing your factory receiver is a great way to add quality and functionality to your vehicle’s sound system. There are many brands, styles, and features available, so be sure to shop around to find a stereo that best suits your needs. Our online vehicle fitment guide will let you know what accessories you need for your specific vehicle and these accessories will be included free with your car stereo purchase. If you have any questions or need help picking the right stereo, give us a call at 1-877-289-7664 and one of our knowledgeable sales representatives will help guide you and answer any questions you may have. Treat yourself to a new car stereo this season and we’ll gladly help you find the right one for you. Check us out at SonicElectronix.com.



Different Types of Wiring Harnesses

By Chelsey P. – Product Specialist

Replacing your factory radio with a new aftermarket receiver may seem like a daunting task, but if you have the right accessories, it will be a cinch. Before installing your new CD player, make sure you have the right accessories including the correct wiring harness. You may wonder about the multiple wiring harnesses some companies carry and which one is right for your vehicle and application. Well, we can explain some information that may help you in determining which car stereo wiring harness to purchase. If your vehicle has an advanced sound system, there are special accessories that required in order for you to maintain certain functions in your vehicle. For vehicles that do not include these special systems, a basic wiring harness will fit your needs perfectly.

Basic Wiring Harness:

Scosche CR02B Basic Wiring Harness – Scosche CR02B

The basic wiring harness is the most popular and used in vehicles when installing an aftermarket CD receiver. They offer a quick and clean installation without cutting your OE Radio plug. These basic harnesses can be used in almost every vehicle that does not have any specialty functions. After connecting the harness, all you have to do is color-match the wires and connect the aftermarket receiver. It is as easy as that.

Price wise these harness are extremely cheap. They will allow you to install an aftermarket head unit but will not retain any advanced sound features. If you purchase a receiver from our company, these wiring harnesses will usually come with it for free.

Specialty Wiring Harnesses:

Scosche GM09SR Specialty Harness – Scosche GM09SR

These particular wiring harnesses are used in vehicles that either have advanced sound systems, OnStar, CAN Bus or when you want to integrate a factory amplifier into your new head unit.  Advanced sound systems include those with Bose, MACH and JBL and have become more prominent on newer vehicles. In order to retain the factory sound system, a wiring harness that has been made specifically for that vehicle is necessary. If you decide to use a basic harness like the one described above, it will not work. An example of a harness that is required for Bose or Non-Bose vehicles with factory OnStar is the Scosche GM09SR. This harness is needed in order to retain the OnStar while keeping the GM Safety and warning chimes functioning throughout the vehicle. All of these great features would be lost if you decided to use a basic harness. As for CAN Bus vehicles, Scosche introduced the CR06SR which is made for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. This harness will provide a +12V accessory power wire for the aftermarket unit. It will also auto detect the factory amplified system and even turns it on digitally. Installing these harnesses is similar to the basic wiring harnesses. Wiring involves color-matching the wires and then installing the head unit.

Price wise these harnesses are more expensive than the basic but they do so much more. They keep your vehicle functioning properly and will allow your vehicles computer to receive the correct information.