Car Stereo and Speaker Remove, Replace and Install

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Durango Radio Removal and Replacement

Dodge Dakota How to Remove and Install Car Stereo

Durango Stereo Removal and Replacement 1.1) Remove screws along bottom edge of panel under steering column.
Durango Radio Removal and Replacement 2.1) Pull panel forward from dash releasing clips and set to side.
Durango Stereo Removal and Replacement 3.1) Pull dash panel from dash releasing clips.
3.2) Remove connectors from panel and set to side.
Durango Radio Removal and Replacement 4.1) Remove two 10mm bolts securing car stereo to dash.
4.2) Pull car stereo forward, release antenna and connectors.

*NOTE - Pointing out clips that remained in their slots and were not removed with panel. Remove all clips from dash and reinstall on trim panel.

   
Car Stereo Installation
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Afermarket
Car Stereo Install
   
Speaker Phasing
Installing Aftermarket Speakers and Proper Hook-up
   
NO AUDIO
With aftermarket stereo installation
   
Front Door Panel Speaker Removal and Replaceing

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Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install

Remove, Replace and Install Front Speaker and Door Panel

Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 1.1) Remove one screw at hand hold on door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 2.1) Pull door open handle back. Locate Torx screw.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 3.1) Remove Torx screw.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 4.1) Remove screw at top front edge of door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 5.1) Remove screw bottom front edge of door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 6.1) Remove screw bottom back edge of door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 7.1) Roll window down and note position of window crank.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 8.1) Push in on door panel, separate window crank from window crank plastic washer.
8.2) Look down edge of door panel and locate "C" clip securing handle to door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 9.1) Use needle nose pliers or hook tool, locate "C" clip and remove..
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 10.1) Removed "C" clip.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 11.1) Remove window crank and washer.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 12.1) Install "C" clip back onto window crank. During reinstallation, window crank will push and lock back onto shaft.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 13.1) Help - When using pick tool or needle nose pliers, locate "C" clip.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 14.1) Help - Hook or grasp "C" clip and remove from window crank.

Note for more Help with window crank, see
Manual Window Crank Removal

 

Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 15.1) Grasp door handle.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 16.1) Pull door panel straight up out of window jam and release panel over door lock pin.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 17.1) Reach behind top edge of door panel and locate connector.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 18.1) Release trigger on connector to disconnect and remove.

Note - Trigger is located on side of connector, squeeze trigger into connector to release and remove.

Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 19.1) Locate door open handle linkage on door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 20.1) Locate linkage lock on end of linkage on door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 21.1) Twist lock to side to release linkage.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 22.1) Remove linkage from door open handle.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 23.1) Remove door panel and set to side. Door panel has several hooks.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 24.1) All hooks must align with hook slots on door before pushing door panel down to lock in place when reinstalling.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 25.1) Remove screws securing speaker to door panel.
Dakota Speaker Replacement, Removal and Install 26.1) After removing screws, you have two options.
  • Spread locks at edge of mount to remove speaker to reinstall factory speaker into bracket.
  • Or, remove entire bracket with speaker for aftermarket speaker installation with special mounting kit.
Dakota Speaker Replacing, Removing and Installing 27.1) Lift trigger on side of connector to release and remove connector.

Note - for determining aftermarket installation polarity of speaker wires (+ & -) for correct hook up see Speaker Phasing.

   

Rear Side Speaker Removal, Replacement and Installation
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Removing, Replacing and Installing Rear Side Speaker

1.1) Below rear window, gently pry edge of trim panel along back of vehicle releasing clips. All clips release with pressure.
2.1) Work down edge of rear trim panel releasing clips.
3.1) Remove rear trim panel and set to side.
4.1) Check area where panel was removed for any remaining panel clips.
5.1) Pry panel clips from vehicle to remove.
6.1) Place clips into slots on panel ready for reinstallation.
7.1) Open door, pry back edge of lower door jam panel from vehicle releasing clips.
8.1) Work forward on edge of panel releasing clips.
9.1) Remove door jam panel and set to side.
10.1) At front seat belt restraint, gently pry at bottom of cover to release.
11.1) Lift seat belt restraint cover up to unlock.
12.1) Remove cover and set to side.
13.1) Remove Torx T-50 bolt from seat belt restraint.
14.1) Set seat belt restraint to floor.
15.1) Along back edge of panel, remove one upper screw exposed from rear panel removal.
16.1) Along back edge of panel, remove one lower screw exposed from rear panel removal.
17.1) Open side window, this will move window handle out of the way for later steps in removal.
18.1) Along back top edge of upholstered panel, remove one exposed screw from rear panel removal.
19.1) Along back top edge of upholstered panel, remove remaining exposed screw from rear panel removal.
20.1) With screws removed, lift rear panel up to unlock strap from back of vehicle.
21.1) Push strap down to unlock from upholstered cushion.
22.1) Remove strap and set to side. Removing straps will organize them so they are not lost in moving upholstered panel.
23.1) Remove rear upholstered panel and set to side.
24.1) Note slots on back of upholstered panel for installing straps during the reinstallation process.
25.1) At top edge of side panel at door jam, gently pry panel from side of vehicle releasing clips.
26.1) With clips from top edge of side panel released, work your way down front edge of panel releasing remaining clips.
27.1) Release all remaining clips along front edge of side panel.
28.1) Behind side window, gently pry top edge of panel from side of vehicle releasing clips.
29.1) With top back edge of panel released, grasp rear seat belt strap and work out of slot on panel.
30.1) With rear seat belt strap out of slot, work down back edge of panel.
31.1) With seat belt strap free, do not forget to feed strap back up to opening in panel during reinstallation.
32.1) With all clips released on side panel, grasp bottom of side panel while pulling top edge of panel away from side of vehicle.
33.1) Lift panel up to release two hooks on back bottom of side panel.
34.1) Two hooks on side panel will have to aligned to reseat into slots at bottom of side of vehicle when reinstalling. See back of side panel for hooks be reinstalling.
35.1) Remove panel and set to side.
36.1) Remove screws securing speaker to side of vehicle.
36.2) Repeat removal instructions for opposite side of vehicle.

Note - for determining aftermarket installation polarity of speaker wires (+ & -) for correct hook up see Speaker Phasing.

37.1) When reinstalling side panel, align adjustable seat belt nut attachment to hole in panel.
38.1) When reinstalling panel, pull weather stripping on door jam behind side panel to cover edge of panel.
   

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