Removing Radio Head Unit

1. open ashtray

2. pull ashtray out

3. remove the backing section of the ashtry. This is held in with two Phillips screws (crosshead)

If you have an automatic you will have to have the gearshift put back – to do this put the key in the igntion, turn it (but don’t start engine) and you can press the red button near the gearlever to unlock the gearlever, and it should move backwards.

4. behind the ashtray, at the top you’ll find two metal tabs. Slide each tabs apart from each other and they should lock in place. A make-up mirror is useful to see what you are doing. This unlocks the hi-fi unit from the dashboard

Camera couldn’t focus close enough to take picture, but I’ve annotated the following picture to show the vague location.

5. Once unlocked you should be able to pull it forward. It should move fairly freely but may be slightly stuck in which case the radio will need a certain amount of jiggling about to free off.

There should be a metal bracket on each side which will have to be transferred to the new radio, and the plastic ‘dressing’ around the edge. This unclips, but can be quite fragile.

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6. To fit a non Toyota radio you will need a loom connector that converts the industry standard hifi socket to Toyota sockets. They are cheap – usually between £ 10 – £ 15.00

If you have SLSS – there is the radio aerial and two connectors going to the amplifier. These are ignored and the two sockets illustrated are used to connect the new head unit, as most have built in amplification. Advanced users will do their own thing here if they want to.

If you don’t have SLSS, the loom socket just goes between the new hifi and the existing loom.

7. Refitting – it is just a question of sliding all the wires back in, not forgetting to plug in the radio aerial, sliding it in until its flush with the rest of the centre console and then releasing the locking tabs to lock the unit in position and to refit the ashtray unit.

It takes me about 15 minutes to change a radio, it will take you a bit longer as you haven’t done it before!

Most car accessory shops have a good selection of radios, but a good cost saving can be made by buying mail order. I have used www.caraudiodirect.com several times and they are very helpful.

With a SLSS car and a modern radio, you will loose the facility of the dashboard centre speaker (but that makes very little different), but subwoofer in the boot (this can be added easily if the radio has a ‘sub-pre-out’) and the rotational facility, although various people are looking into how to reintroduce this on a seperate switch.