Factory Car Stereo Repair

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TL Removal Tips

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1999 - 2003 Acura TL

Start by emptying the console between the seats, In the bottom level there is a piece of pad on the bottom, under it is two screws (remove). Pry off the plastic ring around the shifter, it just pulls up, notice the shift lock, you may need to keep the parking brake on and use the shift lock (just press down even with a screwdriver) to move the shifter back and out of the way. The plastic wood grain trim strips along each side come off, start by the end that is under the door of the center compartment, between the seats, pull up (unsnaps). Move the side big panels which have 2 screws on each side and the front by the steering wheel has a screw. In order to see this front screw, you'll need to unsnap the cover that goes under the steering wheel from it's right side, this will reveal the screw. You can see 2 round silver phillips screws on each side of the radio's side, and 4 black phillips screws around front edge (remove). Now, you need to move the plastic that is in front of the shifter and holds the seat warmer switched. Start by pulling out the door right in the middle, under there, that hides/covers the computer connector, it is between the seat switches and back in there, just use fingers and it pulls out. There are 2 large phillips screws to the left and right of the computer connector that hold the plastic in place (remove).  The seat switches will need to push out of there mounts and be unplugged. You can get to the connectors from the sides, this is a little tough but once unplugged the switches can come up out of the plastic, you may need to press the clips on the side towards you to help them release. The plastic holding the switches comes out but it may need to stay in place until the switches are out because of the clearance the switches need to move up and out.  Wiggle the radio out enough to unplug it from the right side. There are two connectors that have slim releases on the top of them and the antenna just pulls out. Reach in behind radio on the right side to unplug.

 

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1996 - 1998 Acura TL

 These units are hooked in from two 5/16 bolts in the rear of the stereo. In order to see the screws, there is a piece of carpet molding that wraps around below the radio. It unsnaps and opens like a door from the corner closest to the drivers gas pedal. Once that door is unsnapped, with a flashlight you can look up behind and see the 2 silver bolts that screw straight up. These just have to be loosened, not removed, and the radio will pull out straight. We use a 5/16 socket with a swivel, and 10 inch extension to get to them. You have to have your head down by the gas pedal to see it, and to loosen them. That was the way the we always did it, however, others have said it is easier from the passenger side. Also important is to put a light from the other side to light it up. The screw just needs to be loosen not even a full turn (more like 1/3 of a turn)