Remove The Radio From A ’99 Hyundai Accent

Most 1999 Hyundai Accents came with AM/FM cassette players rather than CD players. Since cassette tapes have gone out of style, you might want to remove the original radio in your Accent and replace it with a modern CD player. A professional can tackle the job for you rather quickly, but this usually comes at a cost. Removing the original radio from your 1999 Hyundai Accent is the first step to installing a new radio yourself.


1. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Use a pair of pliers to loosen the cable nut, and then lift the cable straight up to unhook it.

2. Pull open the ashtray beneath the radio. Push the connection tab down to release the ashtray. Pull it toward you to remove it from the center console.

3. Remove the two Phillips-head screws hidden behind the ashtray. Place these screws in a small cup or bag for safekeeping.

4. Adjust the driver’s seat to the rearmost position. Access the area underneath the steering wheel. Look for two connections to the right of the accelerator pedal, next to the left edge of the center console. These are the air-vent connections. Unplug them.

5. Pull the radio bezel toward you to remove it. With the two screws behind the ashtray removed, it comes off easily. It is still held on by a few clips; tug gently to unhook the bezel. Behind the bezel, you’ll find the connection for the emergency-light switch. Unplug it.

6. Remove the four Phillips screws from around the radio. Pull the radio forward to remove it. Unplug the wiring harness and antenna lead from the rear.

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