Ford F-150 Factory Radio Uninstall and New Radio Install

This post is more of a supplemental to the installation guide at Install Dr.com. The hope is that the pictures and some of the notes I took as I did the installation will make your radio install that much smoother.

The guide includes:

  • Original radio removal
  • Wiring new radio using a wiring harness
  • Wiring diagram
  • Basic steps to installing the new radio

When removing the dash panel I found it was easier to get my fingers under the panel at the bottom near the climate controls.


Removing Front Dash Panel


Removing Front Dash Panel

Front Dash Panel Off


Front Dash Panel Off

You’ll notice that the dash panel is not completely removed. There is no way I want to mess with anything associated with the airbags in the truck. It seemed perfectly fine to let it hang there.


Passenger Side Airbag Connection


Passenger Side Airbag Connection

I didn’t want to pay for the tool used to remove the factory radio so I tried the do it yourself version using a clothes hanger.


Cutting Wire To Make Removal Tool


Cutting Wire To Make Removal Tool

Bending Wire To Make Removal Tool


Bending Wire To Make Removal Tool

Removal Tool Notes:

  • The important thing is to keep the pieces of wire straight in the release holes
  • I tried to mimic the factory keys, but I think I would have had more success with 4 individual pieces of wire

Below I removed part of the factory radio face to show how I was missing the release mechanisms with my home made removal tool.


Removing Factory Radio Face


Removing Factory Radio Face

Misaligned Removal Tool


Misaligned Removal Tool

For the new radio installation you will only use one of the factory harnesses. Just tuck the other one out of the way.


Factory Radio Wiring Harness


Factory Radio Wiring Harness

I always use a wiring harness when installing a radio.

  • The one I used for the F-150 was a Metra 70-1771 wiring kit.
  • I prefer to solder my connections instead of using bullet connectors. I’ve had trouble in the past with bad crimps on the bullets.
  • Make sure to wrap your soldered connections with electrical tape or heat shrink tubing
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  • I used the wiring guide on the wiring kit package and the one that came with the new radio.
  • The wire colors were the same for both harnesses

Metra Wiring Harness and Installation Tools


Metra Wiring Harness and Installation Tools

Note:
Cut the packaging for your wiring harness. Seems like a simple thing, but I tore mine and ended up translating the Spanish side to do my install.

The new radio bracket should have mounting tabs that will hold it in the aftermarket dash installation kit.

  • Make sure to use the tabs closest to the front
  • The tabs have a wedge effect so make sure to push them in until they are tight
  • I used a Metra 99-5804 Dash Kit

Removing New Radio Installation Bracket


Removing New Radio Installation Bracket

Installing New Radio Mounting Bracket


Installing New Radio Mounting Bracket

My new radio has USB inputs on the front and back. To make the rear input accessible I ran a 7 foot USB extension cable down the driver’s side of the dash, and tucked it away. I plan on integrating that into the center console later.


Running USB Extension Cable


Running USB Extension Cable

Running USB Extension Under Driver's Side Dash


Running USB Extension Under Driver’s Side Dash

After connecting the wiring harness and USB port to the back of the new radio I secured the connections by

  • Wrapping electrical tape around the USB extension connection
  • Zip tying the factory wiring harness to the aftermarket wiring harness

Securing Wiring Harnesses With Zip Ties


Securing Wiring Harnesses With Zip Ties

The last snag I ran across was the screw holes on the dash kit lining up properly with the two top screw holes on the climate control assembly.

I used a heat source (otherwise known as a lighter) to warm the plastic just till it was malleable and aligned the screw holes.


Adjusting Dash Kit With Heat Source


Adjusting Dash Kit With Heat Source

I suggest making your adjustments outside of the vehicle and then try the fit. I didn’t make my adjustments this way, but I accept the consequences of my actions.

Warning:
I can’t believe I even have to put this here, but don’t make yourself the end of a “you know you’re a redneck because” joke.

  • DON’T catch your truck on fire because you kept your heat source on the dash kit plastic till it caught fire!
  • ALWAYS take proper safety precautions even if it takes a little longer to do the task.

Then new radio looks and sounds great.


Finished Installation


Finished Installation

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55 thoughts on “Ford F-150 Factory Radio Uninstall and New Radio Install”

  1. Ran across your help information and hope that you can help me solve a problem with my 2004 Ford f150. Radio volume went out. No soins but radio appears to be on. Sas told that it is my amp but don.t know where its located. Can you help me.

  2. I have a 1998 F-150 single cab truck with only 4 speaker wires. The JVC KD-SR83BT STEREO i have after I wired it has a weak/distorted sound when I turn the volume up, I have went online to find my wire color codes to identify what wire does but with no success in rewiring it after I found two to three versions, I need help in wiring it correctly.

  3. I have a 2004 f-150 xl and i am putting an aftermarket double den radio in. the problem i am having is the volume is raising and lowering while driving. I do not know where the blue wire goes as i heard this is my issue. does anyone know what i need to do to stop this from happening?

  4. I have a 2000 Ford F150 extended cab I got the factory radio out I go to hook the new one up The power source connectors are different sizes completely what doI do splice it attach another one?

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