How to Install a JVC Car Radio

by Shea Laverty

JVC produces a number of car audio systems for consumers looking to upgrade their automobile's audio capability. Installation of these devices is a somewhat challenging task for beginners, but most consumers can install a JVC car radio easily enough by carefully following a basic, step-by-step procedure.

Step 1

Disconnect the negative terminal lead from your car's battery as a precautionary measure to prevent electrical shock.

Step 2

Remove the old radio from the car, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3

Remove the trim plate from the mounting sleeve and head unit.

Step 4

Separate the mounting sleeve from the head unit.

Step 5

Insert the mounting sleeve into the dash while feeding all electrical cables through it.

Step 6

Bend the holding tabs on the sleeve into place using the tip of a flat-blade screwdriver as per the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure these tabs hold the sleeve firmly in place, as the tabs will secure the radio to the dash.

Step 7

Connect the cables to the head unit. There should be a bundled ISO power cable, a radio aerial connector and several RCA composite audio cables, depending on your speaker setup -- connect these cables to the base appropriately as per your JVC instruction manual. Tape off any loose cables with vinyl electrical tape.

Step 8

Secure the ground wire firmly to an unpainted part of the car's chassis within the dash radio slot using a screwdriver and the supplied screw.

Step 9

Insert the head unit into the sleeve. Press it in firmly until it clicks into place.

Step 10

Attach the trim plate to the face of the radio. It should click into place when attached correctly.

Step 11

Remove the control panel from its hard case and insert it into the radio. Make sure all connector ports are properly connected once you have attached the control panel.

Reconnect the negative lead to your car's battery when finished and start up the car. Test the radio to confirm that it is functioning properly.


  • Always tape off unused wire ends with vinyl electrical tape. This reduces the risk of the wires coming in contact with metal and conducting an electrical charge through the car.
  • These instructions apply to installation of the JVC KD-R90BT. If you aren't using this model, instructions may vary but should generally follow the steps described in this article. Consult your owner's manual for specifics relevant to your JVC car radio.


  • Never begin working on your car's electrical system without first disconnecting the negative lead to the car's battery to prevent the risk of electrical shock and potential injury.
  • If you are having difficulty installing your radio or you are not confident of your ability to complete the task, contact a professional to install your JVC radio.

Items you will need

  • Vinyl electrical tape
  • Flat-blade screwdriver

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