Originally Posted by 2005300C
How do you remove the cover around the radio/heater controls? I want to remove and install a different radio. Thanks
The part you need to remove to get to the radio is called the Bezel.
To remove this pop off the defrost cover strip along the top of the dash, it just pops out with a flat blade tool. You will see the two philips head screws on the top. Remove them, not sure of your year, but if you have a ashtry take that out and remove the screw in the back there also. The bezel will just be held by panel clips then. Pull gently along the top and bottom and off it will come.
Your factory stereo should just have two screws in the face plate. You will also have what is called a anti-theft device attached to the back of the head unit. If your stereo is the older style (square corners) mopar radio it will be a steel strap that you can pull out. If it the head unit like mine with the rounded corners it will have nut you need to get off the back of the head unit.
to get to the nut take off you glove box door and reach up behind the radio, you will find it. It is a 10mm nut, that comes off real easy. depending on the size of you new head unit you maight need ot remove the factory security hanger also. It is held in place by two bolts along the top of the dash. Not a hard thing to get out through the glove box.
Just be careful fishing it out of the dash, it want to grab wires as it comes out
The funny thing about that security device is that is also acts as the gound for the head unit, so you might not see a ground wire on your harness.