How to remove radio head unit – Ford Focus mk2 2005

July 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Ford-Focus/Ford-Focus-head-unit-radio-removal

This guide shows the removal of the head unit (stereo) from a Ford Focus mk2.
Some useful info on removing the cables, sovaldi sale part numbers and what removal keys you need.

This video (at the bottom of the page) is certainly worth a watch as it will save you some time, very useful voiceover.

The driver is changing the double din stock radio for a single din aftermarket version and a mounting plate / face.

Double Din Standard Ford Focus Radio

Double Din Standard Ford Focus Radio

Aftermarket Single Din Radio Fitted

Aftermarket Single Din Radio Fitted

Here goes ;
In order to remove your original radio, you need some radio removal keys, I think they are PC5-132 radio keys, they also fit Mercedes vehicles.

Radio Removal Keys PC5-32

Radio Removal Keys PC5-132

Slide Keys into Corner Slots

Slide Keys into Corner Slots

The clips fit into each corner of the radio, 2 in the top corners and 2 in the bottom corners.

You probably won’t have 4 keys so you will have to work on the 2 tops ones and then the 2 bottom ones.

They fit into the slots and release the internal mechanisms holding the radio into the dashboard.

So slide the PC5-132 keys in and at the same time pull the radio forward, then do the same on the remaining clips. Once the clips have been released, the radio will slide towards you out of the dashboard.

Ford Focus Radio Removed

Ford Focus Radio Removed

Wiring at Rear of Focus Radio

Wiring at Rear of Focus Radio

You will see at the rear, the radio will have 2 cables attached to it. One will be the coax cable to the aerial, the other will be the main Ford cable/connector with all the wires attached.

The coax cable can just be pulled out of the rear of the radio, the other cable/plug will not just pull out as you will need to unfasten the arm/lock that holds it in place. It should just pull towards you or up to unclip (have a look at the video it does show it).

Unfasten Coax Aerial Cable

Unfasten Coax Aerial Cable

Unclip Large Plug and Pull Out

Unclip Large Plug and Pull Out

Once the cables have been removed, the original radio is now free and you will be left with a nice big hole in your dashboard ready to fit your replacement radio.

Double Din mounting facia plate.
When fitting a single din radio, where there was once a double din unit, you will need to fit a replacement mounting plate or facia to cover the the gap.

Double Din Radio Facia Panel

Double Din Radio Facia Panel

The plastic facia should just clip neatly into the hole in the dashboard, no special tools are required. They are readily available online and very easy to fit.

PC99-SON.
You may need to purchase extra cables in order to connect your new radio into your car. The extra cables from manufacturers such as ‘Autoleads’ will sit between your new radios plugs/cables on the back and the original radios cables that you just removed.

Autoleads Radio Connector Cables

Autoleads Radio Connector Cables

The new cables will be specific to the new radio you have purchased and the vehicle that it is being fitted into, in theory everything should be just plug-and-play. In this instance, the Autoleads part that is needed is PC99-SON.

Once all the cables are connected (you may need to refer to the supplied instructions), you should be ready to slide the new radio into the dashboard. You will have to make sure that all the cables are tucked neatly into the dashboard and will not cause any obstructions when inserting the radio. Make sure you have also refitted the coax aerial cable to the rear of the new radio.

Once everything is installed, check that everything is working. If your vehicle has radio stalk controls, check them all out too.

Do please let us know if we have missed anything, put anything misleading or your have something useful to add – use the comments section below.

Try ebay for all the parts you may need.

Enjoy.


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