How to Remove a Factory Radio in a Jeep Wrangler

by Nichole Liandi
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While Jeep Wranglers are equipped with factory-installed radios, you may want to remove it and install an aftermarket unit or take it for repair. You can remove the radio with just some hand tools and a bit of time.

Step 1

While the radio is still on, eject any discs from the CD player, if so equipped. Turn off the ignition, set the parking brake and remove the keys from the ignition.

Step 2

Pry up on the vent trim panel at the top of the dashboard with a panel tool to remove the panel.

Step 3

Remove two Phillips screws from the top edge of the trim panel that surrounds the receiver and climate controls.

Step 4

Pry around the edge of the trim panel to remove it from the dashboard.

Step 5

Remove four Phillips screws from the perimeter of the radio. Remove two Phillips screws from the climate controls located below the radio.

Step 6

Open the glove box and loosen the strap that holds the door. Drop the door down as far as possible. Reach behind the radio by sticking your hand behind the right side of the radio through the glove box. Use a 10-mm wrench to remove the nut holding the back of the radio.

Pull out the radio, unplug the harnesses and antenna and remove it from the dash.


  • Panel tools are available at auto parts stores.


  • "Car Stereo Cookbook"; Mark Rumreich; 2005
  • "Jeep Wrangler 1987 thru 2008 (Haynes Repair Manual)"; Max Haynes; 2009

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About the Author

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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