How to Install a Stereo in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with premium sound but when the system stops working or additional features are desired, replacements are a good option. Upgrading the stereo in a Jeep Grand Cherokee requires removing the front dash panel, which is much simpler than it sounds. Installation takes two hours or less and requires basic tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdrivers
  • 10mm wrench
  • Wiring harness adaptor
  • Jeep radio mounting kit
  • Locate the trim panel around the air conditioning controls and unsnap it from the dash. In years prior to 1996, the trim surrounding the stereo requires removing two bolts under the ashtray instead of removing the entire front dash panel.

  • Snap out the trim around the headlight switch and remove all five screws located under the trim panels. Remove the five additional screws from underneath the top of the front dash panels.

  • Pull the dash panel out and set it aside. Remove the two 10mm bolts, one on each side of the Jeep Grand Cherokee stereo, and pull the stereo out of the dash. Disconnect the wires from the back of the radio and let them hang from the front of the dash.

  • Secure the new stereo into the Jeep radio mounting kit per the manufacturer's instructions. Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the original harness and then to the back of the new radio. Insert the antenna wire and slide the entire assembly into the dash.

  • Turn the head unit on and verify the speakers and controls are working properly. Secure the stereo with the 10mm bolts, screw and snap the remaining trim pieces into place.

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