Installing a new stereo in a Toyota Camry gives you improved sound and allows adding updated features like navigation and subwoofers. Older models of the Toyota Camry likely have stopped working or the sound has severely deteriorated. Swapping out the stereo for a new unit takes a few basic tools and less than an hour. This guide covers models from 1987 through 2000.
Things You'll Need
- Wiring harness adaptor
- Toyota radio adaptor
Open the hood and locate the battery. Disconnect the negative battery cable and ensure it doesn't touch any metal parts.
Pry the trim ring from around the stereo with your fingers, some early models have two screws at the top of the trim that must be removed. Pull the trim to the side and let it hang from the cigarette lighter wire.
Remove the four screws that secure the radio in the dash, two on each side. Pull the stereo out of the dash and disconnect the wires behind the head unit. Look for an amplifier behind the stereo and remove the wires if found.
Connect the wiring harness adaptor to the original harness, use the wire from the amplifier if there is one. Slide the new stereo into the Toyota radio adaptor and secure it per the manufacturer's instructions. Connect the wiring harness adaptor and antenna wire to the back of the new stereo and slide the entire assembly into the dash.
Reconnect the negative battery cable and turn the radio on. Verify the speakers and controls are all working properly. Secure the stereo into the dash with the original four screws and replace the trim.
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