How to Install a Car Stereo in a Chevy Cavalier

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When you replace the audio unit on your 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, the new unit needs to be programmed with the car's vehicle identification number. If it isn't programmed to the car, the radio displays "Loc" or "Calibrate" until the programming is initiated using the "Special Functions" menu of a scan tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Trim tool
  • Torque wrench

Removal

  • Park your Cavalier with the front wheels pointing straight ahead. Turn off all lamps accessories and turn the ignition switch off. If your car is equipped with OnStar, open the driver's door to disable the retained accessory power.

  • Remove the bolt for the negative battery cable and route the cable aside. Wait at least one minute before proceeding to allow the airbag system to deactivate.

  • Remove the screw in the defroster grille vent on the dashboard pad and then pry the grille from the dashboard pad. Use the trim tool to disengage the outer trim covers from the dashboard pad, then pull the covers rearward to disengage the retainer tabs from dashboard pad.

  • Open the glovebox and remove the screws across the top of the glovebox opening, then remove the dashboard pad. Remove three screws across the top of the dashboard fascia panel, then pull the fascia panel toward you to disengage the retainer tabs. Reach behind the fascia panel and disconnect the electrical connectors for the headlamp dimmer switch and the cigar lighter. Remove the fascia panel.

  • Remove three screws from the audio unit mount, then slide the audio unit toward you. Reach behind the unit and disconnect the electrical connectors and the antenna coaxial cable, then remove the audio unit.

Installation

  • Connect the coaxial cable and the electrical connectors to the back of the audio unit and then slide it into the dash. Install the mount screws and tighten them to 20 inch-pounds. Connect the electrical connectors to the back of the dashboard fascia panel. Align the dashboard fascia panel and press it into place to engage the retainer tabs. Install the screws and tighten them to 20 inch-pounds.

  • Install the dashboard pad. Install the screws and tighten them to 20 inch-pounds. Close the glovebox door. Align the outer trim cover tabs and press the cover in place to engage the retainer tabs. Install the defroster grille and install the grille screw. Tighten the screw to 20 inch-pounds.

  • Connect the negative battery cable and tighten the bolt to 11 foot-pounds.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're upgrading your audio unit, follow instructions provided in the installation kit to connect the new unit to the Cavalier's wiring harnesses.
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