Illustrated guide to removing the Car Stereo (Head Unit) from your Honda Civic
Please Note: The plastic on the centre console is quite fragile and the silver
finish very prone to scratching. Try to handle it with as much care as possible.
|First of all remove the gearknob. This is done by loosening the 13mm
locknut on the base of the knob by one turn. To avoid any scratching you can use a cloth in the
jaws of the spanner or some tape.
|Now simply unscrew the gearknob all the way off. Also take off the lock
|Now, the bottom half of the centre console must be removed. First push
your fingers deep into the lower half of the rubber gaiter to get behind the plastic trim and
pull out. Be careful not to pull too far out as the the upper half of the trim may
start to bend.
Pulling at the lower half (in the previous step) disengages the two lower
clips but there are another 2 at the top (one each side). Some claim that just by working your way up they should
also come away with ease but this may not be the case. You may end up straining the plastic fascia if they do not
come out easily. The best way to release these 2 clips is to work from behind as well.
To do this first release the glove box by opening and squeezing in
the sides of it - this will allow it to drop from it's engagement holes and allow it to drop
down, giving you rear access to the centre console.
Two people will help but you can also achieve this on your own. With
one hand behind feel for the back of the cigarette lighter and push it outwards - this
should help push the trim out and provide some clearance for you to wedge in a plastic
scraper (or similar implement - I'm actually using an old CD with a bit of tape!) and prise
the top left half of the trim away. Now you should have enough clearance to get your
fingers behind and also release the remaining clip on the top right with
Pull the lower fascia away, release the 2 electronic connectors to it and lift it off the gearstick and place to
one side. The connector to the cigarette lighter should just pull away with a little wiggle. The other connector to
the hazard warning light releases upon depressing a tab on the side.
Now, we want to remove the upper half of the console including the head unit. Looking into the already made
cavity you will see a metal chassis with 2 bolts each end (see pic). These need to be slackened on both sides.
The bolts are 8mm and also have a posidrive head so you have the choice of a socket set or a screwdriver. The bolt
on the left is quite easy to access directly via the glovebox entry side. The one on the right a little trickier.
You can make some clearance to get behind the right hand fascia by removing the fuse cover trim panel on the
driver's footwell - just turn the release tab 90 degrees and pull away. Use a socket spanner or screwdriver bit
with a flexible reach. Alternatively using a small offset spanner from the front with a little patience and little
fingers will also work. Remember, both these bolts only need to be slackened, not totally removed.
Next, just unclip one of the wire looms from the chassis by depressing the clip (if someone has been
messing around in here before it may not even be clipped on).
Pull the lower chassis towards yourself slowly working from where u slackened the bolts - the bolts should now
disengage from their spigots and the trim start to come away. Continue lifting the whole console away slowly
watching for any cables that might be getting snagged. Once the top part of the console is away as well,
release the 3 green electronic connectors (by depressing the centre clip) - they are all different sizes
so there is no need to remember which one goes where. Finally, remove the cables to the head unit and remove
the whole unit.
Now you can take the whole console into the warmth of your home to install your new headunit or whatever else
you want to do. The Civic centre console can take a double DIN entertainment system by removing
the plastic tray. Refitting is simply a reversal of removal.
Note: When installing a new head unit, the cage normally supplied does not have to be used as the Civic has it's
own chassis that you use with side securing screws. In some cases using the cage in addition may help centre the
H/U and take up any slack in the fitment.
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