If you have a Hyundai Accent from '94 to '99 and want to remove the original radio to install a 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 should only take you about 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 remove it entirely. Then, locate two Phillips 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, due to 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 pull the radio out slowly. It may go a little harder because there is a 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 in front of the 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 wirings (clock, AC controls). You will have enough space to pull the old radio out and unplug it.
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After that, install the new one and follow the steps above in reverse order to return the center dashboard to its original state.
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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