Instructions for Removing the Stereo From a 1997 Chevy K1500


Removing the stereo from a 1997 Chevrolet K1500, or the two-wheel drive C1500, is a 20-minute process in which the biggest step involves removing the vehicle's dash panel.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers or wrench
  • Detach the K1500's negative battery cable using a pair of pliers or a wrench. This avoids shocks when handling the stereo wiring components.

  • Grip the left side of the dash panel firmly (right above the far left air vent). Pull the top part of the panel toward you to unhook it from the dash. Look behind the panel to find the back of the headlight switch. Reach your hand inside and push the back of the headlight switch to slide it out through the front part of the dash panel.

  • Move to the right side of the panel (above the stereo). Grip the panel firmly and pull it down. The dash panel should now be fully disconnected. Look behind the right side of the panel. Some models may have an orange connection that will need to be unplugged. Lift the dash panel up and over the steering column, and move it aside.

  • Push each of the levers down on the sides of the stereo. There are two levers. Pushing them down releases the stereo from its mount. Slide the stereo forward.

  • Inspect the back of the stereo to find the antenna plug and the wiring harness. Unplug them both to remove the stereo from the K1500.

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