How to Remove a Stereo From a Chevy Malibuby Alibaster Smith
Every year, new aftermarket stereos come on the market to replace factory units in the Chevy Malibu. These stereos are often far more advanced than their factory counterparts. They may include special options like satellite radio connectivity, MP3 jacks, integrated navigation systems, or a more powerful internal amplifier. If you are looking to upgrade the factory stereo in your Chevy Malibu, it is not prohibitively difficult to do it yourself.
Disconnect the cable from the negative battery terminal. Turn the retaining nut on the cable clamp counterclockwise to loosen the clamp until it can be pulled off the negative terminal.
Wedge the screwdriver under both console panels in the center of the dash and pry them off. There are several retaining clips holding these in place.
Remove the two screws holding the shifter panel in place.
Pull the back of the shifter panel up, while pushing the front of the shifter panel down. It will come partially loose, but you will not be able to remove it due to the shifter being in the way.
Remove the screws that are now exposed just below the traction control panel.
Disconnect the wires attached to the panel.
Pry the trim up from around the heating and air conditioning controls as well as the radio. If your Malibu is equipped with wood trim, remove this.
Remove the screws holding the heating and air conditioning controls and the stereo in place.
Pull the stereo out of the dash and remove the electrical connector in the back of the stereo.
Items you will need
- Socket wrench with socket set Flat tip screwdriver Philips head screwdriver
- Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero & Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Am Repair Manual 1997-2003; Jay Storer, John H. Haynes; 2005