1985-88 Toyota Cressida (Sedan / Wagon)

1985,86,87,88 Toyota Cressida stereo removal instructions to help you remove your radio fast!

Radio Removal:
1)Remove (2) #8 phillips head sheet metal screws from directly above radio.
2)Remove ashtray and carefully pull on bottom of radio trimpanel until panel moves rearward approximately 1/4 inch.  In doing this, the air conditioner control button trimplate will snap loose and partially move away from the dash.
3)Using a panel removal tool, push down on small tab located directly below the defroster button in air conditioning control button cluster.  Remove the trim plate from the dash.
4)Remove (2) #8 phillips head sheet metal screws from the top of the radio trimpanel behind the air conditioning trimpanel.
5)Pull the panel away from the dash, unhook the two wiring harnesses and remove the trimpanel.
6)Remove (4) phillips head / 8mm hex head machine screws which secure the radio, slide the radio out of cavity, disconnect three wiring terminals and remove radio

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.