How to Add a Satellite Radio to the Nissan Quest

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When you want to upgrade the radio in your Nissan Quest to a satellite radio you have two options. You may choose a system from XM or Sirius. Regardless of the system you choose you will have to pay money to have it installed, and also spend some of your time waiting for the installation. However, you do have another option that will save you time and money: you can install the system on your own in less than an hour. Doing so is an easy process and pretty much everyone will be able to do it.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite radio receiver
  • Satellite radio antenna
  • Electrical tape
  • Digital audio connector cable
  • Medium sized ladder
  • Open the front drivers door on your Nissan Quest and search the dashboard and windshield for a good spot to mount the satellite radio receiver. The 2005 Sirius Van/Truck Manual says that any spot that is easily accessible to both the driver and passenger, and does not impede the driver's range of motion or block his view, is acceptable.

  • Use your medium sized ladder to access the roof of your Nissan Quest. Upon reaching the top you must find a satisfactory spot upon which to mount the satellite radio antenna. Any area that is level and has a clear line of sight to the sky will be fine. All Sirius and XM radio antennas come with a built in adhesive that you may use to secure the antenna in place.

  • Grab your digital audio connector cable and plug it in to the back of the antenna in the spot marked audio out. Pull the cord down along the back passenger side door (the right side of the vehicle) and stick the cord through a spot in the tan molding that acts as a rain protector. Pull the cord through this spot to the inside of your Nissan Quest and bring it up to the mounted satellite radio receiver.

  • Plug the digital audio connector cable into the back of the receiver in the spot marked "antenna in" and then use the electrical tape to hold the cable to the inside roof of the vehicle. Make sure the cord is completely tight, otherwise it may catch on something and damage your receiver, antenna or even your window molding.

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References

  • "2005 Sirius Van/Truck Manual"; Sirius Radio; 2005
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