DIY Installing a Car Deck

The Process of DIY Installing a Car Deck

The audio capabilities of a car are very important to many drivers and the best way to secure the best performance possible is to install your own car audio deck which would allow you to customize your audio experience by adding extra features such as subwoofers, CD changers, extra speakers etc. Usually, this can be an easy DIY project or a hard one depending on the model of the car and whether or not the dash needs to be removed in order to install the deck. Either way, you will only need a few basic tools such as a screwdriver and wrench and to follow these instructions.

  • Disconnect the battery. The first thing to do is to disconnect the negative terminal on the battery in order to ensure that there will be no power spikes while installing the car deck. If you do not do this, you can ruin your new audio equipment before it is even installed properly.
  • Remove the old deck. This should be a fairly straightforward process but it depends on the make and model of the car. There should be some hook tabs which are holding the deck in place which you must find how to unlock. When this is done, the deck should come out of the dash and you will need to remove the wires in the back of it which should consist of the antenna and wiring harness.
  • Before fitting the new deck into the dash, you will first need to insert the mounting sleeve it came with and secure this in place. While doing this, a screwdriver can be used in order to bend down as many tabs as possible and ensure that the sleeve will not move around while you are driving the car.
  • Connect the wires to the new car deck. The same wires which were removed from the old audio deck will now need to be connected to the new one. After this is done the car deck should simply slide into place into its mounting sleeve and afterwards it can be secured using screws. Again, the process might not be this easy for certain cars and a dash kit might be needed. The car's owner's manual should mention whether one is required or not.
  • Once the car deck is in place, you can reconnect the negative terminal on the battery and turn on the car to see if the new audio deck is working properly.