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1st Car Stereo install.

Discussion in 'ICE, Sat Navs & Dash Cams Forum' started by chiwan, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. chiwan

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    Hi all

    I have just bought a new car and was thinking of swapping out the bog standard radio for a Sony MP70.

    I have never installed a car stereo before so was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on a painless install - I've got the radio removal tools, wiring harness etc all ready to go.

    I've read on the web that it is recommended that you disconnect the negative car battery lead before the install. Is this absolutely necessary or can I just go ahead?


    Any advice will be much appreciated
     
  2. lynx

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    Disconnecting the -ve conection from the battery is is purely saftey orientated and good working practise.If anything goes wrong then no harm will be done to either vehicle or h/u and since it only takes a few seconds to disconnect, why not do this ?
     
  3. minimad

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    Depending on the age of the vehicle, be a little wary when removing the battery negative. Due to the airbag, OEMs recommend that when you remove the neg lead, leave it off for at least 30 mins to allow the system to reset itself.

    What can happen is that the airbag can go off if the battery is re-connected too soon.

    I speak from experience when I say it's a bastard to change the steering wheel on a Cavalier when this happens!

    :mad:
     
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    I bought an R Ford Escort a few months ago and although the original OEM stereo was nice it was tape only. I decided to upgrade to a Panasonic MP3/CD with remote + Sony Integrated Subwoofer in the boot.

    The first thing I needed was a facia adaptor as the original OEM stereo was twice the hight was the standard DIN models. I also ordered the wiring adaptor to convert the standard Ford Escort wiring to the standard type on most new units.

    I removed the old unit using the metal keys and then began installed the housing bracket of the new model, once in, I ensured that all the metal prongs were pushed into placed and the housing was secure.

    Next I connected-up the wiring adaptor, which was just a matter of a few clicks! Next simply insert the stero into the housing until it clicks into place and hey presto!!!

    It really was easy, I didn't remove the battery wiring simple because I didn't want to disturb ohter electrical componenets such as the air bag etc.

    Obviously the stereo supply is fused so I didn't think it was neccessary, plus I used to work in a car audio shop so I've done this sort of thing before, but if your not entirely sure what your doing it perhaps would be a good idea to do remove the negative battery terminal.
     

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