||[Jul. 14th, 2005|09:49 am]
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I have a car audio installation inquiry. Anyone have a Geek on Tap who can answer a really basic question?
you pull the old one out and shove the new one in.
taaadaaa! *bows deeply*
You? No help at all. *spankies*
I may be unhelpfulest Ronnies ever, but I still win!
I've installed car radios before. There wasn't much too the in my day, just a bracket, a faceplate and some wires.
This is before the day of bass kickers and neon albums composed entirely of some guy who can't play the base playing at 110 decibels, so some stuff may have changed.
Kind of doubt it.
Mine's nice and basic, but I accidentally leaked about half a big gulp into the faceplate and now it won't even come on. I'd be pretty sure of a swap in/swap out if I kept it at the same model, but they don't make it anymore.. as long as I stay in the same product line/family do you think it'll be relatively easy?
Excellent question Melly, I'm glad you asked.
The big issue is to get a model that fits your car and has a faceplate that looks (at least on casual inspection) like it was intended to be part of the car. If your old radio is discontinued, looking at whatever model replaced it is probably a good start. The big things that will change are the actual size of the unit, where the mounting brackets are, and the wiring harness used to connect it all together.
You should spend some time looking at http://www.crutchfield.com
, they have a "What fits my car" selector on their web page, so you can find something that you know will work. They used to sell wiring converter kits and a bunch of other stuff to help you install the stereo. Not the cheapest place in the world though. Might want to sop there, buy elsewhere.
Another thing you may want to consider is taking out your old stereo, popping the case off and cleaning up all the dried sugar off all the components (with just water). Let it air dry and see if it comes to life. Maybe worth a shot if you have the extra time.
What I used to have was an Aiwa CDC-X207. And the faceplate hasn't worked for a while so I'm not sure I'm in the mood to clean it up (or buy a faceplate for a unit that might not work anymore). The CDC-X217 has exactly the same connection setup on the back (thanks to the Aiwa website which has the owners manuals on it) so I suspect the same wiring will work and it's just a matter of yanking the old one out and jamming the old one in since I did a fit check when I bought the stereo and all the extant models at the time (the 207 the 217 and the 227) all fit fine. The 217 is available on ebay for like $15. Which makes me happy. I'm thinking it might work.
Or am I talking out my ass?
Makes sense to me. And for $15, it's definetely worth a try.
it's just a matter of yanking the old one out and jamming the old one
and you said I wasn't helpful. tcha!
depends on how basic... I've done it before, but not often enough to qualify as expert.
Well I fried my old one.. at first the faceplate wouldn't light up but now it won't even come on. I'm attached to this brand but wondering if I'd run into problems if I picked a different model? Or is it relatively plug-and-play as long as I keep it within the same product line?
And by the way.. hi :) And thanks :)
Hi. :-) Sorry about sneaking up like that... I'm a lurker, and introductions are my weak point.
I'd say it's probably plug and play, if the features and brand are similar. The new one will probably have some extra ports (for the amp pre-outs and other such that I don't use). The antenna will be universal, the wiring harness tends to be specific by brand.
Actually I pulled up the owners manuals on the company website and the rear panels are identical, which probably makes life a lot easier. As long as I keep the brand the same (and I'm only going up the product chain by one model) then the wiring should be fine..
Very cool. Thanks for your help :)