Hi, I have an mp3 player and want to connect it directly to the radio
in the car. It is a factory installed radio with no CD or tape deck.
Was wondering if it had a connection in the back to connect RCA cables
Also wanted to remove the front panel and possibly remove the radio
and put in a new one with a front input, are there any kits out there
for this? Also, where can I buy the tool to remove the front panel?
If anyone can give me some input as to what they have done in this
instance, or help me out in any way, I would appreciate it.
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The front panel is NOT the actual radio. It's just the control panel and
optional tape player (I think 2004's now have single CD option, too.) The
actual radio (RCU, Radio Control Unit) is in the trunk, on the left side,
underneath the antenna.
Some versions have an extra input for a CD changer. If your control
panel doesn't have changer controls printed on it, the RCU may not even
have the inputs for that. The inputs are not normal, but a multi-pin
Since you have no cassette, you probably have the very base radio. Your
only option would be to buy a replacement panel that has a cutout for a
standard DIN/ISO radio to mount into. It replaces the entire front, and
you need to pull off the ventilation knobs and reuse them. You will need
to extend the antenna cable up front and probably rewire the speakers, as
the speakers are connected to the RCU in back. At the least, you'll
probably have to run the radio's speaker wires to the back to tap into the
To remove the front panel, there are 2 sets of 2 holes near the sides.
You can buy a special u-shaped tool that has little nubs on the ends. You
plug it into the holes, tilt the tools in (or is it out?) and then pull
the unit out. This tool is used by MANY Ford radios, and even some non-
radio Ford panels.
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AWESOME information Andrew, will look at the back and see (didn't know
it was in the TRUNK)!
Do you (or does anyone) know where i can buy that little tool to pull
the front panel off? Thanks so much!!! This has been a lot of help.
In (Jimmy Jim) posted on
11 Oct 2003 15:52:55 -0700:
I got mine at Auto Zone for $3.99. Just go in and ask the clerk for
"those little U-shaped tools for pulling out a car stereo". He/she
might ask what kind of car you have. Apparently some cars use a
different size tool.
A little tip on using those U-shaped tools: The ends of the tools
insert into holes in the clips that hold the radio in place. When you
hit the holes, it pulls the clip inward allowing radio to be pulled out
of the dash, no screwdriver required. If you miss the hole and go
between the clip and the radio, you will not be able to get the radio
out because the clip will be pushed outward more than it already is.
In my '98 sable, I have to kind of pull the tools toward each other
while pushing them into the holes. Where the tool touches the entry to
the hole becomes the fulcrum and that will direct the pointed ends
outward, away from the innards and toward the holes. Perhaps mine were
bent abnormally outward a little, causing that to be necessary. Your
mileage may vary. If you have trouble getting the control panel out,
try the trick above. Ideally you should be able to push the tools
straight in. They'll click. Then pull toward yourself with the tools
and the radio should slide right out.
Great stuff guys!! I will check out auto zone as I tried the
coathanger trick and couldn't get it to come out.
I'll also check that website too! Thanks again everyone.
posted on Sat, 11 Oct 2003 08:59:41
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