Car Audio and Video Dashboard Installation Tool Kits

Upgrading the sound of your car audio can improve your everyday driving experience. Installing video dashboards can also give you access to GPS and other smart features. Whatever your goal, consider upgrading your audio and video installation.

What kits will work in your car?

Some vehicles come with standard, rectangular panels where you can install audio and video kits. If you have one of these, measure the height and width of the panel or the existing system, if there's already a radio there. The two standard installation sizes are the 2-inch by 7-inch DIN and 4-inch Double DIN. Many systems fall in this range. If you have a vehicle with more age on it or one with non-standard panels, you may need kits designed for your car stereo. For example, some Ford vehicles have special panel sizes requiring specific parts.

How can you use a replacement dashboard kit with Bluetooth?

One of the main reasons to install a replacement stereo is to upgrade to audio features like Bluetooth. With this, your car stereo can receive audio signals from any compatible source, which can include wireless and satellite radio, depending on the model. The sound system does the job of translating those signals before sending them to the speakers. All your stereo speakers need is that compatible output, regardless of the audio source.

What do the different tool types mean?

In order to install a replacement dash kit, there are a few steps you need to take. First, you need to remove whatever is there already, including those with just a blank panel. Next, you need to disconnect the wiring. Finally, you install the replacement kit and secure it in place. Most tools focus on the first two steps because part removal requires the most care. Here are a few of the common tool types you'll see.

  • Plastic trim removers: Most setups will require you to remove the trim to install the radio. The sides of the radio are then held in place partly by the secure trim, which is the plastic casing around the panel. When it comes to removing trim, plastic tools offer a safe solution. These parts are also reusable.
  • Metal release cables: Once you've removed the trim, metal release cables let you slide in behind the car stereo unit and pull it out. In most cases, you will want to find cables fitted to the original stereo.
  • Wrench sets: Some kits also require screws to secure the audio unit in place. If this applies to you, you can find wrench sets designed to work with specific stereo models.