How to Remove a Car Stereo Unit With DIN Tools

By Andy Warycka

With the right tools, removing a factory stereo takes just minutes.
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At first glance it looks like the only way to get that stereo out of your car's dashboard is with a hammer and telekinesis. You can put the hammer away and stop trying to bend spoons, since there is a specialized tool for removing factory stereos, and they even come with many aftermarket installation kits. Called DIN tools or DIN keys, they are inexpensive, easy to use and you can even make your own if you need to.

Stereo Removal

Step 1

Locate the holes on the front of the stereo. There are two on either side. These holes may be hidden behind flaps, tabs or small doors on the faceplate of the stereo.

Step 2

Insert the DIN tools into the holes, one to each side, until you hear or feel a click, or until the tools cannot be pushed further.

Step 3

Spread the tools apart slightly.

Step 4

Grasping the DIN tools firmly, pull the stereo towards you, out of the dashboard.