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How to Change a Stereo in a 2001 Dodge Caravan

    • 1). Raise the Caravan's hood and disconnect the grounding cable from the battery. Loosen the cable with a wrench and remove it from the negative battery terminal until the new stereo is installed. Move to the passenger cabin of the Caravan.

    • 2). Use a trim panel removal tool to pry the thin panel from the dashboard beneath the stereo assembly. Remove the two screws behind the panel with a Phillips head screwdriver.

    • 3). Lift the dash panel surrounding the stereo assembly away from the dashboard and set it aside. Remove the three screws on either side of the Caravan's stereo bracket with a screwdriver. Slide the stereo from the stereo mounting dock and disconnect the stereo wiring and antenna cable from the back of the unit.

    • 4). Insert the faceplate adapter or installation sleeve into the stereo dock. For the faceplate adapter, replace the screws removed from the stereo bracket into the sides of the adapter. For those choosing to use an aftermarket installation sleeve, fold the metal tabs inside the sleeve outward with a flat head screwdriver to secure it within the dock. Pull the stereo wiring and antenna cable from the dock to the front of the sleeve or faceplate adapter.

    • 5). Connect the stereo wiring and the wiring harness adapter. Plug the wiring harness adapter lead connectors into the stereo wiring outlets on the rear panel of the new stereo. Insert the antenna cable lead into the FM antenna input on the back of the aftermarket stereo.

    • 6). Slide the new stereo into the dashboard (via the faceplate adapter or installation sleeve) until it snaps into place. Place the trim panel back over the stereo assembly. Press against the panel to snap it back onto the dashboard. Replace the two screws at the bottom of the panel. Place the thin trim panel over the two screws at the bottom of the panel and press firmly to snap it back into place on the dash. Return to the battery.

    • 7). Place the grounding cable clamp back onto the negative battery terminal. Tighten the cable to the terminal with a wrench. Close the Caravan's hood.

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