Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Stereo Radio

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All Honda Civics come either wired for a 4-speaker stereo or with some level of factory stereo installed as original equipment. Replacing the stereo or speakers in original locations or adding stereo units and speakers to vehicles not so equipped is a relatively straightforward task. To add rear speakers on some sedan models may require cutting speaker holes and use of a mount kit. The factory stereo unit opening is a standard DIN size, and will accommodate many brands commonly available.


WARNING
Never operate the radio without a speaker; severe damage to the output transistors will result. If the speaker must be replaced, use a speaker of the correct impedance (ohms) or the output transistors may be damaged and require replacement.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-87 Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. From under the dash, remove the rear radio bracket-to-back tray screw. Remove the radio-to-bracket wing nut and the bracket.
  2.  
  3. Remove the control knobs, hex nuts and trim plate from the radio control shafts.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the antenna and speaker leads, the bullet type radio fuse and the white lead connected directly over the radio opening.
  6.  
  7. Drop the radio out, bottom first, through the package tray.
  8.  
  9. To install, reverse the removal procedures.
  10.  

When inserting the radio through the package tray, be sure the bottom side is up and the control shafts are facing toward the engine. Otherwise, you will not be able to position the radio properly through its opening in the dash.

1988-91 Except CRX

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the four screws that retain the center radio and switch surround panel, you will have to open the glove box to remove one of the screws.
  4.  
  5. Remove the two screws that retain the radio unit (they are on the underneath of the radio), slide it forward from the dash.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the connector and the antenna lead from the unit and remove it from the dash.
  8.  
  9. When installing the unit, make sure that the connector is firmly seated and that the antenna wire is connected properly.
  10.  
  11. Do not overtighten any of the screws or the dash panel may be cracked.
  12.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the center console to remove the radio-1988-91



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the mounting screws and carefully slide the radio out-1988-91



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Fig. Fig. 3: Radio connector terminal identification-most 1988-91

1988-91 CRX

Removing the radio will require removal of the front part of the center console.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. On standard shift models, remove the shifter knob.
  4.  
  5. Remove the 6 screws that retain the center console assembly, one of the screws is accessible through the glove compartment.
  6.  
  7. Remove the console from the vehicle, you will have to tilt the rear of the console upward and slide the seats to their furthest back position to get it out.
  8.  
  9. Remove the screws that retain the radio, they are underneath of the unit.
  10.  
  11. Slide the radio forward and disconnect the harness connector and the antenna lead. remove the radio from the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of removal.
  14.  

1992-95 Models

See Figure 4

Removing the radio will require removal of the front part of the center console.

The original equipment radio has a coded theft protection circuit. Before beginning removal, be sure to know the code for re-installation. The code is erased whenever the battery is disconnected or the No. 32 (7.5A) fuse from the under hood fuse/relay box is removed. When power is re-connected, the word "CODE" will be displayed and will require entry of the 5-digit code for that particular unit.


WARNING
All SRS wire harnesses are covered with a yellow insulation. Read the SRS precautions found in this section and install the short connectors as described.

  1. Disable the SRS system as described in this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the center instrument panel by removing the four philips screws on the top and sides.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the 4-pin connector from the cigarette lighter.
  6.  
  7. Remove the two screws, then disconnect the 16-pin connector and the antenna lead.
  8.  
  9. Carefully pull the radio/cassette player out.
  10.  

To Install:
  1. Plug in the 16 pin connector and install the two retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Plug in the antenna lead, the cigarette lighter and carefully install the unit.
  4.  
  5. Install the center instrument panel. Re-connect power to the car, and enter the 5-digit theft protection code for the radio/cassette player.
  6.  
  7. Enable the SRS system.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 4: Radio connector terminal identification-1992-95

 
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