1984-87 Mercury Topaz

1984,85,86,87 Mercury Topaz stereo removal instructions to help you remove your radio fast!

Radio Removal:
1)Remove (2) screws securing the trim panel below the steering column.  Carefully unsnap the trim panel and remove it.
2)Remove (3) screws along the upper edge of the dash panel: (2) screws below the radio, and (1) screw from the dash pocket.
3)Using a thin blade screwdriver, carefully push up two retaining clips, one on each side of the steering column, and slide the dash panel up and off.
4)Remove (4) screws retaining the radio bracket assembly and remove the radio.  Disconnect the power, antenna, and speaker wires.

The 2 main things you will need when installing your new stereo is a wiring adapter and a dash kit.

Wiring Adapter

The wiring adapter is a piece which has a plug on one end and wiring sticking out of the other end. The plug connects to the factory wiring, and the wires are connected to the matching color wiring on the new stereo. This allows for connecting a new stereo without having to cut the factory wires.

Dash Kit

car stereo wiring adapter

Stock stereos have varying sizes, and if you just place an aftermarket stereo in the hole left by a stock stereo then there will be gaps around the stereo. The dash kit is a plastic piece which fits into the hole left by the stock stereo and fills in the gaps between the aftermarket stereo and the dash.