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    Hello All, Stock radio removal help

    Hi all , This is my first post on the forum.

    I just bought a 1997 A3 and I really like it!

    I am trying to install a new head unit. Apparently there’s a tool for removing most Audi stock radios but I’m not sure it's what I need as my stock radio has 4 holes , one on each corner.

    I tried sticking metal pins in them, but to no avail.

    Any ideas or tips to remove that bloody stereo?
    It's currently not working and driving without music really sucks!!!

    I also took the door panels apart and found a loose connector on each side, Any Idea what it could be?


    Any help appreciated, guys!

    Ludo.

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    Could be wrong here but that doesnt look like a stock radio. Thought the stock one was a concert one. Well it was in mine and didnt have end caps.

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    Yes mate, that's my concern even though it has an Audi logo, it doesn't look like any of the stock radios I could find online, like yours or the symphony.
    Oh, just for info, it has a Denon CD stacker in the boot.
    I suppose there must be a special tool.

    Hope someone knows more about this unit.

    Cheers.

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    Somebody at some point has put that stereo in the car, definitely not the original.

    As for removal, the only way is the holes you've tried, I'd try a couple of metal coat hangers or similar, should come out eventually.
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    have you tried using radio keys? you can buy them from any halfords shop pretty cheap. If you cant get the radio out then if it was me i would take off the front trim. The plastic one that goes around your warning light,radio,ash tray.
    to do this you have to open the ash tray and theres 2 torq screw there. Undo them and gently pull outwards the trim. Then have a look at the end caps either end of your radio, they might pull off too to hide 2 screws.
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    Yer i would try halfords or online, im sure you can track down what unit that car is from. Looks too me you need two metal prongs, there in a shape of a U, used some in the vauxhall,

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    apparently it's a pretty common tool it looks like this

    Don't know where to get it here though (I'm in Melbourne, Australia)

    As for removing the front trim. I did try that, removed the ashtray and torq screws. I started lifting the bottom part put at one point(just above the AC unit) I wussed out, it was real stiff and was starting to bend. I REALLY don't want to break this part.
    Well now that I know there's not more to it, I'll try again.

    Thanks a lot for the quick response guys.

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    yer those are the fellas! can get them in halfords or a motor factor's or even on line if you wish

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    aha lol thought you was from UK. Yeah there just standard radio keys. Dont wuss out, It just clocks off at the top. You should ok to pop it off above the Hazard warning light. There are just clips that pop off. Go on, give it a pull.. :-)
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    thanks, will try again later
    Any ideas on that loose connector in the doors?

    Cheers.

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    Yeah not sure what that wires for without taking my door panel off. Looks like some kinda speaker wire tho. On mine i have a speaker in the bottom left corner near to were the door hindges are and a smaller speaker were the door catch is that you pull to get out of the car. Does both your speakers work ok in the door? just wondering if the second wire you have that is not connected might be for the smaller speaker?
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    I have an extra connector under each seat which isn't connected so I'd hazard a guess that its an option not ticked on your car.

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    Well it's not for the speakers thats for sure, both midrange and tweeter are connected to the same cable.
    I think voorhees is right, might be for an option i don't have, can't think of which though.

    thanks a lot for the help.

    just bought a pioneer Pioneer MVH-8200bthttp://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/25...0BT/index.html and a set of fusion 5.25" splits (hope they'll fit)

    after that, i'm thinking of xenons. will be back here, sure it has been discussed before

    cheers guys

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    Just to give you an update, guys.

    I was able to remove the radio with 4 thin precision screwdrivers, no need for the special tool

    I used something similar to this


    just push the screwdrivers in at the same time.

    Also, I found out that this type of radio was factory installed by Audi in Australia (made by eurovox), I also had a denon cd stacker in the boot

 

 

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