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Old 12-30-2004, 03:56 PM   #2
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Join Date: Sep 2004
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: NW Chicago Burbs
2003 WRX
World Rally Blue


Remove the plastic bezel surrounding the radio, pry at the cupholder edge of the bezel, slip your fingers under there and loosen the 6 clips that hold it in place:
Remove the 6 philips screws holding the radio in place, there are two that are far back at the bottom, use the long shafted screwdriver for this:
Slide out the stereo and pull off the black wire on the right side of the stereo, followed by the white harness and then the antenna, this is where the thin philips screwdriver may come in handy to press down the tab holding on the white wiring harness.
Now the radio is out and you got a pretty gaping hole so now you can look towards the HVAC.
This is the hardest part to explain, there are two little bulbs that are screwed in behind the HVAC, just below the AC and defroster buttons, reach your hand behind the unit and unscrew them, righty tighty applies. This is the best way to do it, so try hard; itís much harder to disconnect the cables and wires leading off the HVAC. Then slip new bulb covers on them and put them back in
This is that the bulbs look like unscrewed with the new covers on:
Now that you've finished the HVAC, back to the radio portion, put it on a nice clean table at home, so you donít lose any scews. Take off the four screws holding each of the side panels on.
When you have done thas pry off the 8 black tabs holding the stereo face on:
Pinch the volume and skip/search button and pull them off
Now this is the part you should relax and be careful, we're dealing with lots of small electronic circuits so be gentle. Look at the back of the face part of the radio, it should look something like the picture below, there are 6 little red philips screws that hold the board onto the plastic trim, take them off, and lift out the green board.
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