Anyone know how to remove the stereo from a W reg vauxhall astra. I
don't have the manual and it's a pain. I removed the 4 small screws and
it's still not budging...
Sorry for the OT but i'm a desperate hombre
Not OT, you're doing it yourself!
You need a pair of special 'tools'. Basically U-shaped wire loops,
parallel sides, that have little grooves on the ends. Push into the
pairs of holes each side (the screws merely blank the holes) until they
click. The tools then become handles and you can pull the radio out.
They disengage latches inside...
You can get these at some car radio dealers (others will say "trade
only, guv" or "security, can't sell you any") but persevere. If in east
Kent, I'll lend you mine - email me.
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I replaced my car radio the other day and used a 4" bit of 2.5mm T&E.
Split the main conductors out (with their individual insulators still
on) and bend in a U shape. Shove into each hole and tada! Worked
The advantage of the genuine tool (especially if well made), is that they
can provide a considerable amount of pulling force on the stereo.
Hand fashioned tools usually disengage the latches fine, but if removing a
CD player, there's often no way of pulling the thing out.
However, there is only so much wiggle you can give with a bit of 2.5mm T&E.
The wire just bends and although capable of disengaging the catches, doesn't
perform the secondary function of latching on to provide some pull force.
With some stereos this doesn't matter, either because they protrude enough
that you can get a grip on the fascia, or they are radio cassettes, so can
be pulled by the slot.
However, if you have a CD player, with no cassette slot, and a narrow low
profile fascia that you can't get any grip on, you really need the proper
That was lucky. I would have thought that 2.5 T&E would not allow you to
pull the stereo forwards. I have used 2.5 T&E to release the clips but I
also had access to the back of the stereo via the removed ashtray to push a
screwdriver through the holes in the cage to push the stereo forwards after
the clips were released.
After removing the grub screws, insert 2 standard DIN removal tools into the
holes. The next step requires a bit of a knack. However, it involves pushing
the tools outwards, whilst pulling them towards you. It is easier with a
radio cassette, as you can jam your fingers inside the slot and pull,
especially if you are blessed with having three hands.
Once the stereo is out, you may wish to also remove the cage if you are
thinking of installing a non-Vauxhall stereo. This involves using a
screwdriver to pull the retaining tabs inside the cage. The cage then slides
forwards and if you are really lucky you might have enough slack on the
cables to be able to get the cage out and disconnect the sockets.
If you cannot get a DIN removal tool at the local motor factors then 4 split
pins work well.
I seem to recall that the vauxhall stereo sockets are clumped together as
one socket but they do split into 2 to allow them to fit non Vauxhall
stereos. For some reason Vauxhall have (or certainly used to have) the
permanent live and switched live the opposite way round to all other makers.
Yes my wife's X reg Zafira still has the permanent & switched lives
swapped over compared with most other makes. The rear sockets are
clumped together in the cage, but are only a push fit, so can be
removed from the cage giving one connector with power etc. and one with
the speaker connections, maybe a third for remore autochanger etc. on
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