1995-99 Chevrolet Cavalier

1995,96,97,98,99 Chevrolet Cavalier stereo removal instructions to help you remove your radio fast!

Radio Removal:
1) Extract (1) screw from the front center defroster vent on top of the dashboard.
2)Using a panel removal tool carefully snap out the vent and remove it.
3)Extract (1) 7mm hex head screw from under defrost vent.
4)Using a panel removal tool remove the left dash side panel surrounding the fuse block opening and remove (1) 7mm screw from that location.
5)Using a panel removal tool release the panel at the right side of the dash and remove (1) 7mm screw behind.
6)Open glove box, extract (3) screws holding the front edge of the dash panel.
7)Extract (2) brass 7mm screws from access hole in the roof of glove box securing metal bracket.
8)Carefully release fastening clips securing the top of the dash panel above the instrument cluster, lift the panel up and away to remove.
CAUTION: passenger airbag cover is attached tot he dash panel and will come off with the panel.  Use extreme care when working around the inner airbag skin!
9)Extract (3) 7mm screws from the radio trim bezel and use a panel removal tool to release the snap clips around the radio and steering column.
10)Unplug bezel and remove.
11)Extract (2) screws holding radio in, unplug and remove radio.

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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.