How to Remove the Stereo in a 2005 Nissan Xterra

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The Nissan Xterra is built with a factory radio installed in the dash. But many audio enthusiasts will improve the audio's sound system by removing the factory radio and replacing it with an aftermarket model. The necessary first step in this process is removing the factory radio. This may seem intimidating to the newcomer to car audio, but with some simple tools and step-by-step instructions, it's actually a fairly simple process.

Things You'll Need

  • Panel tool or thin knife blade
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Remove any media (tapes or CDs) from the factory radio.

  • Turn the ignition off and set the vehicle's parking brake.

  • Pry up the front edge of the plastic tray located above the factory radio with a panel tool and remove it.

  • Remove the Phillips head screw on the dashboard revealed by removing the tray.

  • Pry around the edges of the trim panel that surrounds the radio and climate control module with your panel tool. When you've pulled the panel loose, reach around behind the panel and unplug the wiring harnesses connected to the back.

  • Remove the four Phillips head screws located around the perimeter of the factory radio. Slide the radio towards you, out of the dash, and unplug the wiring harnesses connected to the back panel.

References

  • "Car Stereo Cookbook;" Mark Rumerich; 2005
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