Full car stereo installation guide

Many people worry when they need to install a new car stereo either into their truck or car and for some this is a much dreaded task; but believe me, it is a lot easier than you think. Car stereo installation is incredibly easy once you know what to do. The main thing is to read up on how to install your car stereo before you even begin.

There are many car stereo installation guides out there, both online and in print. Your chosen car stereo should also come with a user manual and installation guide with many now also having guides that can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website. So the message I am putting across here is that information is out there.

Anyway to give you a helping hand, here is my car stereo installation guide in order to reassure and get you started. There is no need to panic.

Removing Your Old Car Stereo

Disconnect the negative battery terminal. This is the first thing that you should do and is essential.

Clear the dash – so anything that is not needed should be removed from the car, in order to give you space to work as well as allowing you to see clearly what needs to be dome.

Take out the old stereo – You will need to remove all of the bolts that are holding it in place on the dash. If a wiring harness has also been used then you need to remove the stereo from this.

Once your old car stereo is out

Tools and parts – Make sure that you have all of the necessary tools and parts that you will need to install your car stereo. So for example screwdrivers, a wire stripper, dash kit and a vehicle wiring harness.

Making the stereo fit – If you have bought a car stereo specifically for your make of car then it should fit perfectly. However if it is not for your specific make and model, odds are that you will need a dash kit in order to fit it properly. This makes the whole car stereo installation process that much easier. Just make sure that the dash kit needs to match the model of your car.

Read the instructions – I know that this is a very easy one, but please read the instructions of both your dash kit and your new car stereo before you begin. This will make your job an awful lot easier believe me.

Install the cage / stereo mounting sleeve – Slide the dash kit into place and then bend the tabs to make sure that it is securely in place. The car stereo should then slide easily into the cage with it being locked onto position.

Plug it in - the harness should be plugged into the radio plug.

Mount your dash kit and car stereo – These should be placed into the factory stereo location using the mounting screws. The harness should also be plugged into the stereo. All the factory dash panels that you removed can then be reinstalled.

Wiring – Once all of the wires have been properly attached (follow the car stereo instruction guide, as all car stereos are different), replace the negative battery cable.

Switch the radio on – . Once you know that everything is working you can then set the stereo back into the dash and replace all of the screws.


If the car stereo is not working then ask yourself the following questions:

Did the car blow a fuse?

Have I shorted out anything in the stereo?

Is it wired correctly?

However If you have followed all of the given instructions from what the car stereo manufacturer recommends, then you cannot go far wrong. The key is to read all instructions before you start and make sure that you have all of the right tools ready to hand.

Car stereo installation is really not that difficult, once you have armed yourself with the necessary information that you need to install your car stereo easily and efficiently.

Which are the top online car stereo ?

I spend an awful lot of time in my car, traveling for work purposes. Therefore I need a reliable and high quality sounding car stereo that allows me to play music, listen to the radio and also which allows me to make hands free phone calls. However, what are the top online car stereo currently on the market? Knowing what car stereos are currently trending will give you a good idea of price and what is available out there.

Top 3 Brands on Amazon include:

  • Pioneer

The Pioneer FH-X700BT In-Dash Double DIN CD/MP3/USB Car Stereo Receiver w/ Bluetooth, Pandora Link, MIXTRAX & iPod Support

  • Kenwood

Kenwood DPX500BT Double DIN In-Dash Car Stereo Receiver n-Dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, USB Receiver with Remote

  • JVC

JVC KDX250BT Digital Media Receiver Bluetooth Front USB-AUX

These brands are all the most popular models of online car stereo available from Amazon.

The stereos listed here, where all found when I conducted an internet search for the most popular online car stereo. Pioneer, JVC and Kenwood had the biggest hits when it came to popularity and customer satisfaction. This is that is what you need to look out for.

Below are a few more hints and tips.

Do Your Research

When searching for an online car stereo it is important that you search for the best brands. This way you know that you will be buying a trusted and quality product.

So, you need to do your research and Amazon is a good place to start by simply typing in the keyword ‘car stereo’. You can then look at the ratings given, how many customers have rated the product as well as other comments about the product. This gives you a really good idea of the overall performer and features.

Find out how popular your chosen brand is. So for example with Pioneer, look at the Pioneer online car stereo that is listed and read at least reviews from 5 of their different products.

Find out what the warranty, as this will affect your decision when buying an online car stereo.

Delivery is also an important factor to consider. Are there extra charges? For example, when buying with Amazon there are usually no extra delivery charges.

Your search

Spend at least a couple of hours on the internet to find out the best available online car stereos that are available. I always read user reviews, as well as checking out the features that every car stereo has. After all you need to buy a car stereo that meets your needs.

I must also mention Bluetooth technology is a must needed garter and most car stereos today have this feature as it allows you to make hands free phone calls as well as being able to stream your music. All of the stereos listed above have this feature.

The list of top online car stereo changes all of the time as new car stereos hit the market. The best way to keep up to date is to conduct internet searches and read reviews. I am constantly on the look out to find what car stereos are currently trending and what prices they are. This way I know that I will be buying a quality and trusted product.

So make sure that when you conduct a search for an online car stereo that you too look up customer reviews and search across different websites in order to find the best deal for you.