How to Install a Stereo in a Oldsmobile Alero

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If the radio won't turn on in your 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, check the 15A fuse in slot "H" in the fuse panel on the passenger side of the dashboard. If static when the engine is running makes the radio intolerable to listen to, check the battery cables. Make sure the connections are clean and the terminals are tight. If you experience static, poor reception or interference when the rear defroster is on, consult technical service bulletin No. 03-08-44-005D for a fix pertaining to a faulty defroster grid circuit. If your Alero has the Sirius XM satellite radio installed, retrieve your radio code out of the old radio before you remove it. You'll need the code to deactivate your old radio and then you'll need to perform the activation process for the new radio. Program the new radio with the Alero's vehicle identification number at purchase or with a scan tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Torque wrench
  • Turn the Alero off and remove the key. Remove the screws along the bottom of the glove box. Open the glove box door and remove the screws from the instrument panel around the perimeter of the glove box opening. Pull the glove box toward you, then disconnect the electrical connector for the glove box lamp. Slip the lamp through the opening and remove the glove box.

  • Remove the push-pins on the inner insulator panel and remove the panel. Remove the three nuts from the radio and remove the radio from the bracket. Disconnect the electrical connector and the antenna connector, then remove the radio from the Alero.

  • To install the new radio, connect the antenna and the electrical connector, then align it on the bracket. Install the nuts and tighten them to 53 inch-pounds. Position the inner insulator panel and fasten it with the push-pins.

  • Position the glove box and slip the lamp through the opening. Connect the electrical connector and secure the glove box with the screws around the perimeter of the glove box opening. Tighten the screws to 18 inch-pounds. Close the glove box. Install the screws across the bottom of the glove box and tighten them to 18 inch-pounds.

Tips & Warnings

  • To retrieve the radio code in the Sirius XM satellite radio, turn on the radio and tune it to XM channel "0." Record the radio identification number in the display.
  • When you remove your Sirius XM satellite radio, deactivate the old radio and activate the new one by calling 1–800–556–3600 if you're in the U.S; 1–877–438–9677 if you're in Canada. To finish the activation process for the new radio, park your Alero where there is an unobstructed view of the southern sky. Put the ignition switch in the "Acc" position, turn the radio on and leave it for 30 minutes. Once activated, you'll get all the XM stations.

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