Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by peajay, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. peajay

    peajay Formula Junior

    Apr 17, 2002
    near Paris, France
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    #1 peajay, Nov 12, 2003
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    My 328 has an ugly old radio cassette that just has to go, I just bought a nice new MP3 CD player to fill the hole. My problem is how do I get the old unit out. It is an AIWA set and since the car is a 1987 model I would say it is about the same age. There is a small hole each side which I am thinking may be access holes for a release hook or something, but I don't have a special tool gizmo to stick in these holes if that is necessary. Anyone have any ideas ?? any advice much appreciated.
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  3. donaldh2o

    donaldh2o Karting

    Nov 10, 2003
    Irvine CA
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    I have seen car radios with 2 small holes on each side for extracting the radio from the dash and I guess there's a tool for this.

    What I did was to cut two 8" lengths of a wire clothes hanger, bent them into "U" shapes, inserted them into the holes (which pushes back some tabs), then jiggled the radio out.

    Maybe the 328 radio has just one hole per side that does the same thing. The hanger is worth a try.

    I remember I had to try two different diameters of hangers and the thick one worked.
  4. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    May 29, 2001
    There are two #2 Phillips screws from below. If you remove them, the whole piece, gauges and all come loose. Maybe you can release the stereo from the back, once exposed. If you are ditching the unit anyway, you have nothing to lose by shoving two peices of coathanger in the holes and see if it comes loose.
  5. CraigFL

    CraigFL Formula Junior

    Jan 17, 2001
    Panama City, FL
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    Donald is correct. A lot of these radios with one hole have a spring steel piece with a pawl that gets pushed out of the way with the coathanger. The unit then will slide out of its mounting frame which can be removed.
  6. peajay

    peajay Formula Junior

    Apr 17, 2002
    near Paris, France
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    Hmmm... I definitely like the idea of using the coat hanger, I have got into a few cars with the keys locked inside with the old coat hanger down the side of the door glass trick, so I will certainly give that a try. Thanks for the tips !!!!!!!
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  8. Ferrari Fanatic

    Ferrari Fanatic Formula 3

    Apr 2, 2003
    Don't forget to check for a Grounding/Support strap on the back of the unit. Once you relase the two side tabs then you can wiggle the unit forward.

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