Removing the Radio From a Hyundai Accent (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99)

Updated on March 25, 2018
Original Hyundai Accent Radio
Original Hyundai Accent Radio

If you have Hyundai Accent from '94 to '99, and want to remove the original radio to install new one, you will have to remove the center dashboard, where the radio and AC controls are. It can be tricky and take some time if you are trying to figure it out yourself, but if you know what to do it's only a matter of maybe 15 minutes.

How to Get to the Radio by Loosening the Dash

First you should take out the ashtray. Pull it out and hold the safety down to fully remove it. Then locate two philips screws and unscrew them. The mask should loosen at the bottom. You can slowly try to loosen the upper ends of the center dash trim which are fixed only by a plastic "click" system. Be careful, because you won't be able to pull the whole dash out, because of the wiring.

The original radio has four additional screws which are visible when you take dashboard off. If you have enough room for a screwdriver you can unscrew them and then try to slowly pull the radio out. It may go a little harder because there is metal clip on the bottom of the radio, but there isn't anything else that needs unscrewing.

How to Remove the Center Dashboard in a Hyundai Accent

If you can't reach the radio screws, you will have to take out the whole center dashboard. First you should locate wire for the wire for the AC control, which is just above the accelerator pedal. Take the wire off the plastic holder by pushing in the little plastic safety. There is another metal clip that holds the wire; pull it down.

After that, open the glove box on the front passenger seat. On the left and right side are two rubber holders, which you can pull towards yourself. The glove box will hang freely and then you can reach one cable behind the dashboard. Unplug it.

Now you can pull the dashboard further out to disconnect other wiring (clock, AC controls). You will have enough space to pull the old radio out and unplug it.

After that just install the new one and follow the steps above in reverse order to fix the center dashboard back.

Installing a New Radio in the Hyundai Accent

If you have an original radio in your Hyundai Accent you will have wiring that looks like this. This wire only fits the original Hyundai auto radio. If you want to replace the original with a new radio, you will probably need the ISO-type wire connection that works on most standard auto radios.

You can find a converter from Hyundai wiring to ISO wiring for a few bucks in shops like Amazon.

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