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How To Remove Alpine Stereo From The Car?

The Alpine stereo system is a great way to play your favorite music and add fun to your driving experience. It connects to your cell phone, MP3 player, or external devices and helps you listen to music while driving. 

But, there are times when you may want to remove the stereo from the car, and you may be wondering how to do it correctly? Let’s find out.

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To remove the Alpine stereo system from the car:

  1. Turn off the ignition and remove the key.
  2. Disconnect the power cable from the car battery, then pull out the harness from the connector.
  3. Unscrew the screws holding the stereo in place.
  4. Gently pull out by grabbing it on each side of the stereo.

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Tip: The easier way of removing your Alpine stereo from the dash is when you have in hand the keys, but if not, do not worry. 

There are many factory replacements available, and you can choose any of these compatible with Alpine stereos keys to make the job easier.

Removing an Alpine stereo from a car can be easy if you know how to do it. This article will show you step-by-step instructions on how to take the Alpine stereo out of your vehicle without damaging it.

How To Remove Alpine Stereo With Keys And Without Keys?

Removing the Alpine stereo for repair, replacement, or upgrading is very easy, and anyone can do it without any professional’s help.

There are two ways to remove the Alpine stereo from a vehicle:

  • The first is to remove it with keys, and
  • The second way is to remove it without keys.

5 Steps To Remove Alpine Stereo With Keys

Step One: Open the Hood

To remove the Alpine stereo, first, you will need to open the hood. Then, use a socket wrench to loosen the negative terminal on your battery.

This will keep you from accidentally grounding any metal in the vehicle while working on the stereo.

Step Two: Take out the Faceplate

Remove the faceplate on the stereo. It is located in one of the corners of your car stereo.

Step Three: Remove the Bezel

To remove the bezel, insert a flat screwdriver into each of the multiple plastic tabs to gradually loosen the frame. Start in one place and work your way around to remove the bezel.

Step Four: Use the Keys

Use the keys that came with your Alpine stereo to remove it from your car. Insert the keys into the slots on both stereo sides, then push them outwards to release the sides clips used to secure the stereo in place. 

Finally, slide the stereo out from its mounting bracket.

Step Five: Press the release tab on the plastic wiring harness socket.

Remove the wiring harness plug from the socket. Next, disconnect the antenna cable at the back of the stereo. If an amplifier or CD changer is connected, remove the wires as well.

Finally, loosen the ground wire on the metal bracket behind the stereo.

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5 Steps To Remove Alpine Car Stereos Without Keys

If you have lost the car stereo’s original factory keys, there is no need to panic. Below I show you a simple way to remove Alpine car stereos without the keys.

Step One: Open the Hood

Disconnect the negative battery cable. It will prevent you from accidentally grounding any metal from the vehicle while working on the stereo.

Step Two: Take out the Faceplate

Remove the faceplate on the stereo. It is located in one of the corners of your car stereo.

To remove the faceplate, press the release button.

Step Three: Remove the Bezel

To remove the bezel, Insert a flat screwdriver in each plastic tab to progressively loosen the frame. Begin at a point and work your way around to remove the bezel.

Step Four: Use your Alternative Key

If you have lost the factory keys, you can use two small knives instead.

However, this method is more complicated than using a flathead screwdriver because the car stereo can easily slip out of your hands and become damaged or broken if you are not especially careful when performing this task.

Step Five: Press the release tab on the plastic wiring harness socket.

Remove the wiring harness plug from the socket. Next, disconnect the antenna cable at the back of the stereo, and if you have additional wires connected for the CD changer or the amplifier, you also have to remove them.

Finally, loosen the earth wire on the metal bracket behind the stereo.

Use two pieces of wire to insert into the keyholes and reach the clips. Insert the wires simultaneously into the keyholes, and when you can feel the clips, push the wires away from each other.

You can also use the coat hanger if you do not have standard keys to remove the Alpine stereo.

  • Cut 8-inch lengths of coat hangers, and make U-shaped hooks that fit into the keyholes.
  • When you have inserted them into the hole and pressed outwards, you will hear a click and know that you can take out the stereo now.

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Tools Required To Remove Alpine Stereo From The Car

Removing the Alpine Stereo for repair, replacement or upgrade is very easy, and anyone can do it without the help of a professional. However, you will require some tools for removing the Alpine radio from the car.


This is one of the most critical tools to remove the Alpine stereo from the car. If you want to remove your old stereo, you need a screwdriver. The screwdriver helps you remove any screws that might be attached to your stereo.

A three-in-one screwdriver allows you to remove the screws in more difficult places because it can be used as a flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, or a Torx head screwdriver, depending on what kind of screws are being used in the stereo system.

Socket wrench:

When you need to remove a battery terminal, it is not a job for your hands. You can end up with a serious injury if you are not careful. A socket wrench is a tool you will need to remove the battery terminal without injuring yourself.

The socket wrench allows you to loosen and tighten the nuts on either side of the terminal posts.


A wire cutter is a specialized tool used to cut thin wires. You can use this tool for cutting most types of metal, cable wires, fiber-optic cables, or any other type of material that is relatively thin and easy to cut with a wire cutter.

To use wire cutters, hold and squeeze the handles of the wire cutters together.

You should be able to hear the blades of the wire cutters cutting through the wire or other material. Remember that the wire should not be able to move or slip out from between the edges of the wire cutters while you’re squeezing them together.

How to Remove Alpine UTE-73BT Advanced Stereo Receiver From The Car

The process is similar if you have installed a UTE-73BT or other single-DIN receiver.

Here are some of the steps you need to take to successfully remove the receiver from your vehicle:

Step one: Open the glove box and remove the cover of the radio. If your radio has a security code, enter it now or try all possible combinations until it unlocks.

Step two: Disconnect the negative battery cable from the vehicle battery. This will prevent any electrical shock while working on the unit.

Step three: Remove all screws securing the stereo unit in place, but do not disconnect any wiring connections at this time.

Step four: Slide out the stereo unit in small increments until it is completely removed from its mounting bracket. Make sure that you do not pull too hard or force it out, as this may result in damage to one of the connectors connected to the back of your Alpine stereo unit.

Step five: Unplug all connectors attached to the back of your Alpine stereo unit. These connectors are in several locations.

How To Remove Alpine CDA 9886 Stereo From The Car

Removing Alpine CDA 9886 stereo from the car is not too complicated and can be done if you have some knowledge about car electronics:

Step one: Remove the wiring harnesses from the back of the Alpine head unit. You will need to press down on the connector to release them from their sockets. 

Step two: Open the glove box (or console) and remove the two screws holding it in place. Set the glove box aside.

Step three: Remove the screws securing the radio to its mounting bracket, then disconnect its power and antenna cables.

Note that there are tabs at each end of these connectors; press on them gently to release them from their sockets. If you need help locating these screws, refer to your vehicle’s service manual or consult with a knowledgeable auto.

How To Remove Alpine CDE-SXM145BT Stereo From Car

Alpine CDE-SXM145BT multimedia receiver is an ideal choice for adding superior sound to your vehicle, and the steps of removing this stereo from the dash are not different:

Step one: Open your car’s bonnet, locate the master power and disconnect the battery. This will ensure that the airbag system is not accidentally activated while working under the dash.

Step two: Take out the screws that hold the stereo in place. You need to take them out in a specific order, so refer to your owner’s manual for these. Many times, there is a screw in front of the unit that you should remove first.

Step three: Pull the stereo out of your car and disconnect all its wires. You can do this by taking a flathead screwdriver, inserting it into each wire harness slot, and gently prying until each one comes off. Once all wires are disconnected, pull the stereo from its place.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Should I Disconnect The Battery Before Taking Out the Stereo?

Yes, It is good to disconnect the battery before removing your car stereo because electrical shock is dangerous when working on electrical devices powered by the battery.

What Can I Do After Losing My Factory Keys?

If you have lost the keys to your Alpine stereo system, don’t worry. There is an easy solution that will allow you to replace your Alpine stereo keys. You can purchase a replacement from the manufacturer or aftermarket keys, which will make your task easier.

How Long Does It Take To Replace My Existing Alpine Radio?

It takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to replace your existing Alpine radio with a new one. The actual time depends on the type of vehicle you have, where the Alpine radio is located in the car, and how many other accessories are connected to it.

What Tools Are Needed to Remove the Alpine Stereo From the Car?

The tools required include screwdrivers, socket set, and other basic hand tools. You will also need a soldering iron with solder and a wire cutter/stripper tool for stripping away the wires.


Hopefully, after following the steps above, you have learned how to remove an Alpine stereo from your car. As I have detailed every step of the process, you can now complete the whole task yourself without any trouble.

It doesn’t matter if you have the keys or not, nothing can stop you from removing your Alpine stereo, and that’s a relief.