'04 Chevy Aveo Radio removal


kmhrvv
01-19-2005, 01:58 AM
I recently purchased an '04 Chevy Aveo and am interested in installing an aftermarket stereo.

Anyone have instructions on how I can go about removing the radio that is currently in the car, and installing the new one - without destroying the dash in the process?

Thanks in advance.

hayesbcajh
01-19-2005, 09:38 AM
I just did this a few weeks ago on my '04. The process really was quite simple. On both sides of the radio are trim pieces that extend from the top of the radio down to the bottom of the storage bin (they don't go around the top or bottom. just trying to give you reference point). All you need to do is pry these 2 pieces off. I started at the bottom. I used a screw driver to get underneath the trim piece but that was probably a bad choice of tools since I scratched the grey plastic on the adjoining dash piece slightly (probably only noticeable by me). Once you get these 2 trim pieces off the hard work is done. Next it's a matter of removing the 4 screws holding the radio/storage bin assembly in. These screws should be obvious to you. Now the radio/storage bin assembly can be removed. Unplug the wiring harness and antenna. Now remove the screws that fasten the radio to the storage bin. It really only took me about 5 minutes to get the old radio out. For the installation I used a wiring harness which cost me $10. You should definitely get one. As far as mounting the new radio, I re-used the storage bin/radio assembly. All I had to do was enlarge a couple of the holes in the factory mounting assembly because the new radio mounting screws were of larger diameter. You'll also notice that on top of the storage bin there are a couple of nubs that fit into the factory stereo. I had to remove these. I used a wood chisel. You could probably use a utility knife or figure something else out. Just be careful to stay away from the front edge so you don't mar any plastic that will show. It was definitely worth saving the $20 that a new mounting kit would cost. And I can only imagine that the only difference would be it doesn't have the nubs and maybe more and/or larger mounting holes. If it ever warms up above the single digits here I can take some pictures of how to remove the trim and give you an idea of what to expect when you open it up. This was the first time I ever mounted a stereo and was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. One last note. You will need to use the trim piece that goes around the face on the new radio.
Good luck and let me know if you still have questions.

Update 5/19/2005: Finally, pictures.
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250467.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250460.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250457.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250454.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250450.jpg

kmhrvv
01-19-2005, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the quick reply and the help :)

I'll try it out once it stop snowing :\

slacker_53
02-10-2005, 01:43 PM
Just leave it parked in beautiful downtown 'where-ever-you-are-usa' overnight and leave a note asking them to please be careful with the plastic.......job done.

slacker_53
02-10-2005, 03:25 PM
WTF? Do you just visit this forum to prove how much of an ass you are?

Some people just have NO SENSE OF HUMOR.

BTW we all know who the real ass is.

LIGHTEN UP, JEESH

-slacker

andyubf
05-19-2005, 10:21 PM
Wow, really nice pictures! Thanks a lot, Bill, this helps out extremely. I'm getting my Aveo monday so I'm gonna try and install a radio sometime near the end of June. Thanks for being real helpful, I appreciate it.

When it comes closer to that time, i'll drop you some more messages in case I have any other questions, if it's cool with you!

napa1978
12-20-2006, 11:01 AM
In case you might want to read it written a different way, heres my procedure:

Removing the stock stereo is pretty easy... once you get the covers off. There are two plastic panels, one on each side of the stereo. These pieces come off. I used a credit card to remove them, sliding the card behind the pointy end and edging it carefully upward until the bottom became unsnapped. Then I just pulled on the wider part of the panel and the whole thing popped off. Easy.

Then you will see that the stereo is held in by two screws, one on each side. Use a long screw driver to get these (might want to use one with a magnetic head so the damn screws don't fall off into your dash, although they will probably just fall out onto the floor).

The harness has a clip on it. Just push down on the clip and pop it off. The antennae is plugged in with a very old school banana connector. Easy. Just yank it out.

Then you are done. There is not much play with the wires. The manufacturer did not waste any money on excess wiring and you will find it hard to select a good remote connection if you are installing an amp. I eventually just tapped into the cigarette lighter. But even that connection had NO slack. Every wire is either coated in foam or has plastic loom around it or both! So good luck. I would certainly recommend a wiring harness adapter if you can get one with whatever head you buy. Get it from crutchfield. They will likely have it and will include it for free.

The pannels snap back into place easily and tightly. You could remove the other four screws for the other dash units (incuding the ac controls) if you need more room to maneuver or are installing a double din head.

orpheus81
05-12-2007, 06:34 PM
I cannot for the life of me get the wiring harness unplugged...I see the tab and push it in but the thing will not budge...what am I doing wrong?!?

It looks like the wiring harness is two pieces...an off white piece that is directly connected to the wires and a white piece that seems to be a housing for it...which part unplugs, just the one or both?

PseudoEd
01-04-2010, 04:09 PM
I just did this a few weeks ago on my '04. The process really was quite simple. On both sides of the radio are trim pieces that extend from the top of the radio down to the bottom of the storage bin (they don't go around the top or bottom. just trying to give you reference point). All you need to do is pry these 2 pieces off. I started at the bottom. I used a screw driver to get underneath the trim piece but that was probably a bad choice of tools since I scratched the grey plastic on the adjoining dash piece slightly (probably only noticeable by me). Once you get these 2 trim pieces off the hard work is done. Next it's a matter of removing the 4 screws holding the radio/storage bin assembly in. These screws should be obvious to you. Now the radio/storage bin assembly can be removed. Unplug the wiring harness and antenna. Now remove the screws that fasten the radio to the storage bin. It really only took me about 5 minutes to get the old radio out. For the installation I used a wiring harness which cost me $10. You should definitely get one. As far as mounting the new radio, I re-used the storage bin/radio assembly. All I had to do was enlarge a couple of the holes in the factory mounting assembly because the new radio mounting screws were of larger diameter. You'll also notice that on top of the storage bin there are a couple of nubs that fit into the factory stereo. I had to remove these. I used a wood chisel. You could probably use a utility knife or figure something else out. Just be careful to stay away from the front edge so you don't mar any plastic that will show. It was definitely worth saving the $20 that a new mounting kit would cost. And I can only imagine that the only difference would be it doesn't have the nubs and maybe more and/or larger mounting holes. If it ever warms up above the single digits here I can take some pictures of how to remove the trim and give you an idea of what to expect when you open it up. This was the first time I ever mounted a stereo and was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. One last note. You will need to use the trim piece that goes around the face on the new radio.
Good luck and let me know if you still have questions.

Update 5/19/2005: Finally, pictures.
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250467.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250460.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250457.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250454.jpg
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL144/1003147/7441242/97250450.jpg

These pictures are no longer posted on that website. Do you have another link available?

Davescort97
01-05-2010, 12:34 PM
It's been about 2 years since the last post. It is unlikely you will get a response. You might try clicking onto his user name. Cick public profile. Click contact information. Chances are you will get a reply if he is still active. You didn't do anything wrong. Thanks for posting.

hayesbcajh
01-12-2010, 07:10 PM
I just looked through all my photos and can not find them. They may have been archived to disc. If I come across them I will repost. They used to be hosted on a site my wife belonged to but she let her membership expire.
If you can get the two trim pieces off (1 on each side) it is a very simple and obvious procedure.
Come to think of it, I just got a new camera, good opp for a few test shots...
You can sort of see the 4 screws that need to be removed next, they are the shiny brass/gold colored ones.
The radio you see in the pics is the 2nd replacement that I got from Crutchfield. It came with the installation kit (storage bin below). I'm glad it did. It was a tad nicer looking install with the kit.

captainlaurie
11-21-2012, 09:49 PM
I know that this is a really old thread, but I was wondering if anyone has any advice on which models of aftermarket stereos are appropriate for my '05 Aveo. Thanks!

Allsunday
11-26-2012, 11:12 AM
You can google it, there should be one specially design for 04 Aveo

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