How to Install an After Market Radio in a Jeep


Lift the Jeep's hood and loosen the bolt on the grounding cable (also called the negative battery cable) with the wrench. Remove the cable from the battery terminal and rest it away from the battery. Move to the Jeep's interior.


Pry the trim panel from the stereo dock with a flat screwdriver or trim panel removal tool. The panel, with connected climate control vents, can be removed from the dashboard with a medium amount of force. Set the panel aside.


Remove the four screws at the corners of the factory stereo unit with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Slide the stereo deck from the Jeep's dashboard dock and disconnect the stereo wiring connector from the back side of the unit.


Unplug the antenna cable lead from the antenna input on the back of the factory stereo.


Slide the Jeep aftermarket stereo faceplate adapter into the stereo dock. Feed the stereo wiring and antenna cable through the adapter. Connect the connectors on the wiring harness adapter and the stereo wiring in the Jeep's stereo dock.


Plug the wiring harness into the outlets on the back of the new radio. Plug the antenna cable lead into the FM/AM antenna input on the back of the aftermarket unit. Slide the radio into the faceplate adapter until it locks into place within the Jeep's dashboard stereo dock.


Place the trim panel and vents onto the dashboard and press firmly around its edges to secure it back to the Jeep's dashboard. Return to the battery.


Place the battery cable clamp onto the battery terminal. Tighten the bolt on the cable's clamp with the wrench. Close the Jeep's hood.

Jeep owners who wish to replace their vehicle's factory stereo deck have plenty of options from which to choose. Once you have selected the stereo head unit you wish to include in your car audio system, you can choose to have a professional handle the task of installation or you can do it yourself. Purchase the necessary wiring and stereo dock adapters and you can have the new unit installed in well under an hour.