The AM-FM radio/cassette in my 1991 Camry LE has gone south.
Turned it on and then smelled a burning odor. Tuning function seems
to be okay, but strange behaviour in antenna raising/lowering. Digital
display is OK, but no backlight.
No Audio output.
Where may I find instruction for removing/replacing the radio
unit? I would consider replacement if a suitable unit can be found.
Or, should this be left to a dealer for auto radios ?
~ Vince ~
How may I determine the Audio power per channel, etc., specs, which
would be needed when going for an aftermarket replacement unit, for
this cassette receiver ? Would this info be available in the Owner's
If you're unsure, why not replace the radio with an original? The junkyards
be full of them. And of course, there's always eBay:
I pursued the eBay option, and have just made a $34.26 payment via
PayPal to the seller. Now waiting for notice of shipping the radio to
I went around yesterday shopping for an aftermarket cassette-receiver.
Difficulty was that everything was with a CD player and no cassette
player, as well as much more than $35.00 !
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 16:30:31 GMT, "jim menning"
Is there any chance that TOYOTA would have an adapter available that
would make a transition from my '91 cassette-receiver harness to jacks
on the in-hand eBay auctioned '86 cassette-receiver ?
There are several local junk yards here, but I wonder if there is
there is an easier way than visiting each one to try to locate a
suitable replacement for my 91 Camry cassette-radio ? I don't know if
any of these businesses use a TTY search engine, etc.
I have contacted the eBay seller and have sent along digital photos of
the connector jacks on each cassette-receiver to prove that they are
different. However, return of the unusable unit to them must be at my
expense. Goes to show that they seem uninterested in return of the
radio to their inventory unless it is at my expense. The $12.00
shipping & handling is greater than their cost for the unit.
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 16:30:31 GMT, "jim menning"
Drop by your local Toyota dealer and ask if they have a 'theft' kit
for the 86 Camry or whatever radio you bought. If they do then it
would have the proper plug to fit in the back of your radio.
You might get lucky.
That kit would have the 'radio' plug and you may have to buy an
adaptor from Crutchfield and do some soldering.
Should have asked first, and almost anyone here that's had their dash
apart could have told you an '86 radio wouldn't work in a '91 car. They
changed somewhere around 1990...
But, you can go to an auto recycler and get the plug off a 91 or newer
junk; cut it out from the dash and leave yourself as much wire as you can.
Try to reacdh as far into the dash as you can to cut the wires so you'll
have 4-6 inches of wire.
Then, go to Wal*Mart and get one of those adapters I was talking about.
Now, the unfortunate part: I think the color of the wires changed, too.
But, you can Google Corolla radio wire harness and then the model you
have, and you should be able to run across a wiring diagram with the wire
colors. Maybe even a Toyota Service Dep't can help you with this; they did
for me when my Corolla GTS got stolen and the morons cut ALL the wires in
that harness, instead of just disconnecting the friggin radio. They cut
all the climate control wiring, too, but I wa able to get the diagrams and
the color schemes...
Mark the wires on the harness you cut out of the newer car, RR, LR, RF,
LF, +12, G and +12 IGN. The harness adapter should have a diagram for what
each wire is, Purple is LR IIRC, red is +12IGN, yellow is +12 constant,
black is ground, ETC. Then, splice the wires from the harness you have cut
out of the other car to the corresponding color on the adapter harness,
Solder or tape them together with electrician's tape, and plug the harness
adapter into the car's harness. Voila! You have adapted an older radio to
a newer car!
Alternately, first, DISCONNECT THE BATTERY!!!! Then, plug the harness you
bought at Wal*Mart into the wiring harness in the car, and make a chart of
what color in the car's harness goes to what color is on the adapter
harness. Since the adapter you cut out of the 'donor' car probably has the
same color scheme, match the colors, solder and tape. Actually I would
just twist them together and lightly tape them, plug it in and test it,
and if it works THEN permanently join the wires together.
I believe doing this you will be separating the new harness you bought
since it comes with one end for the older cars and one end for the newer
You MAY luck out and find the adapter you're looking for at a stereo shop
or similar, but I doubt it.
The only radio I had for a '95 Tercel only had two channels, so I gave it
to my drummer to use in his truck...he may sell the truck, if he does I'll
get the radio back, but it will only operate the front speakers...
Thanks very much Dan, that link is great information.
There is a reference to "an optional snap on wiring harness" at the
bottom of that link's information. Can somebody expand on what that
Yes, I've read a lot at installdr.com; wish I had done so before
buying via eBay.
What I now wonder about is this: Do new cassette-receivers have
pigtailed wires or chassis mounted jacks? The pictures/drawings at
installdr.com do not show a view of the rear of a unit, but imply that
wires are pigtailed.
There is nothing snappy about an optional snap on wiring harness.
'Snap on' is misleading.
With the wiring info already provided, I believe that I can handle
soldering/splicing the wiring together, if I am able to obtain the
necessary harness wiring adapters. I am hopeful that I will manage an
ISO installation in my 1991 Camry.
A '91 Camry should have a DIN or Double DIN opening.
You can go to Radio Shack or any car stereo store and get an adapter to
fit your dash openeing to install an aftermarket radio.
You can even get these at the EVIL Wal*Mart for a few bucks. While you're
there, also pick up a wiring harness adapter. They are marketed by Scosche
and cost a whopping $6.95.
Then, pick a stereo. You can get the lowest priced one on the shelf
(Rampage, made by AudioVox, and not TOO bad for what you'll pay) or go a
few bucks more and get something good.
Get the whole mess home, wire the harness from the radio to the adapter
you bought. The wires are color coded, so just wire the same colors
together. If you have a power antenna then use the orange wires,
otherwise, clip them so there isn't 12V running rampant where you can't
see it (don't clip them SHORT, just clip the exposed end off.) Install the
DIN adapter from the radio into the dash plate, install the dash plate
into your dash, attach the harness to the wiring harness of the Camry, and
slide the new radio in until it clicks. It would take me an hour or so,
you'll have all afternoon tomorrow!!!
If you attempt this, I check the group from time to time during the day;
post a message and I'll get to it.
BTW, as long as you don't get too powerful a unit, or you keep the Bass
down, the stock speakers should be just fine. Toyota stock speakers are 4
ohms, and any modern radio will work just fine with them.
Radio Shack no longer carries auto radio stuff. Auto parts store,
e.g., AutoZone, PepBoys, carry adapter kits under $17.00. Circuit
City's kits were at $19.99 each, and two harnesses and one
installation kit would be needed.
So, I bidded higher at eBay, and have won that auction ($34.26 total
cost to me).
Thanks for your input.
~ Vince ~
Crutchfield has a good selection of aftermarket audio systems and I believe
they also have info on specs.
I don't remember how the radio is mounted in the '91 Camry, but most likely,
there is a trim bezel surrounding the radio that is snapped in and is
removed by pulling straight out. Once the bezel is removed, the mounting
hardware should be visible.
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