I have recently got a 1996 405 GLX Auto Estate and I wanted to replace
the stereo. I worked out how to remove the stereo from this excellent
However, the radio only comes out about half way and then no more. At
this point, the power goes off, so I would image the wires are being
pulled tight/out. No matter how hard I pull on the unit (and I mean
hard), it will not come out. Does anyone have any ideas how to remove
I don't have the security code, so now if I push it back in, I can't
get it to work anyway. So I'm now wishing I hadn't touched it!
I had a similar problem, I went to halfords and bought their generic
stereo removal tool (two loop clips as in the photo here
which was about two quid
It was in there quite tight, also i had to push up the roof of the
plastic and then push the stero down and up., there was a lot of
weight on top of the stereo.
From memory, it's some time since I had my 405, you have to pull off the
strip at the top of the radio. This reveals two small holes into which you
push the release tool. You have to use the tool shown, but bent it straight
so that you use only one end in each hole.
The radios are often difficult to remove, you do have to fiddle quite a bit
up and down, in and out so to speak.
The code is specific to the radio, and you will need the type number,
manufacturer and possibly the serial number to derive the code. These are on
the side or back of the radio, so you have no choice but remove it anyway.
I don't have experience with this car - this is based on a Xantia...
It does sound like you have successfully got the radio past the securing
clips - but have run out of slack on the cables. As the cable plugs have
retention clips, pulling harder isn't going to help.
So, any way of getting a hand in behind it? My first thought would be to
see if I could remove the lighter panel. It will probably only have a
single connector going to the lighter and will thus disconnect quite
easily. The space it gave access to on the Xantia was surprisingly large
- with a little bit of plastic removal, enough room to hold another ISO
unit. In my case, a pop-out monitor which I had connected to a computer
doing GPS and AV serving under the back seat..
However, the heater and ventilation control panel looks a better bet.
It may come out enough to get a hand in without disconnecting the Bowden
cables going to the various louvres and valves. On a Xantia,
disconnecting and reconnecting them was pretty straightforward.
Removing one or both of the above may give more slack in the cable or
give enough to now reach the cable.
Also, a long shot, a previous owner had taped a bit of paper with the
radio code inside the hole..
Hope that helps a bit...
BTDTGTTS. So yo have my sympathies. It may be that the heater had a
problem in the past, the heater control panel was removed but trapped
the radio cables when put back. So simply pulling that panel forward may
free up the cables..
Devon if I remember correctly. Although my family originally hailed from
Totnes (with a bit of Widdecombe In The Moor, Ugborough and other places) I
am well away in Sunbury on Thames. Thanks for the invite though, I'll
remember it if I am ever down that way again.
Actually I had assumed the "you know what" to be the traditional scones with
cream and jam. Incidentally, in the States they serve up "biscuits" which
turned out to be scones. Back to Totnes. I have the 1881 census on cd's
and you can find members of the family living around Cistern Street and Fore
Street, they seem to be mainly builders, decorators and glaziers. My
cousin, who spent many years doing the family tree, reckons you can also
name any pub in Totnes and he will say which member of the family ran it and
when - a dubious side of the history no doubt.
(If you can't laugh at life, it ain't worth living!)
Thanks for your comments on this.
It was the wires at the rear stopping the radio coming out. I have
removed the centre console trim on both sides (one broke!) and managed
to get access to the rear wiring and released it. The radios are
obviously installed in the factory before the tunnel and footwell trim
Still, I now have my new radio installed, a Blaupunkt Melbourne SD27
radio/SD card reader. See http://www.bluespot.co.uk/stock/melbourne.asp
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