Want to upgrade or repair the old car stereo on a Chevy Tracker? Don't feel intimidated because this guide will help you with the first process of removal!


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First, you must disconnect the negative end of the car battery.
  • First, you must disconnect the negative end of the car battery.

    • You will potentially be shocked if you mishandle the battery. Make sure the car is off before inspecting the engine and grabbing the negative connector.

    • Open the hood of your car and locate the battery.

    • Look for the negative end of your battery. It is usually indicated with a minus sign next to it.

  • Disconnecting the negative connection prevents you from receiving any electrical shocks while removing the stereo.

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Use a socket wrench to remove the nut that holds the negative connector in place.
  • Use a socket wrench to remove the nut that holds the negative connector in place.

  • Place the negative connector away from the battery.

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  • A Chevy Tracker will have a trim that surrounds the stereo.

    • The trim is the black plastic that encompasses the stereo and the small tray/compartment.

    • Remove the screw located on the underside of the trim above the car stereo.

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  • Unscrew the two screws hidden behind the tiny tray/compartment.

    • Afterwards, you can safely remove the trim.

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  • Once the trim is removed, remove the four screws found on each corner of the stereo.

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  • Carefully remove the stereo.

  • Look behind the stereo to see how it is connected.

    • The grouped up, different colored collection of wires connect to the speakers, amplifiers, and stereo buttons depending on the color.

    • The thick, metal wire connects to the car antennae.

  • Don't pull too hard! There are connections to the radio that we need to unplug.

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  • Unplugging the connections, except for the multicolored group of wires. All are located on the back of stereo should be as simple as pulling on them.

    • "To remove the group of wires", follow the wires until you reach a connector and unplug the connector.

  • The thick, metal wire connecting to the radio antennae can be easily removed by pulling on it.

  • The harness (the grayish female connector circled in red) is what connects the wires to the various components of the car.

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  • Some car stereos are attached to a mount.

    • Each mount is similarly installed as the image shows.

    • Remove the screws located on each side of the mount.

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  • You have now successfully uninstalled a car stereo from a Chevy Tracker!

  • Do not forget to reconnect the negative connector to the battery when finished!

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Following the steps in reverse will reinstall your car stereo. Different car stereos might require extra connections to be installed.

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Ended up blowing a fuse for my taillights and dash lights. I replaced fuse, however still not coming back on. Any suggestions as to why?

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