Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

Radio/Tape Player/CD Player

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Analog Radio

This procedure is designed for Samurai models equipped with analog-type radios.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Pull the two control knobs off of the radio.
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  5. From beneath the radio, loosen the bottom mounting screws and allow the radio to drop slightly.
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  7. While supporting the radio with one hand, use a deep socket and ratchet to loosen the two front mounting nuts (mounted on the control knob shafts). Carefully lower the radio out from the bottom of the instrument panel, then detach and label the wiring harness connector(s) and antenna cable from the back of the radio.
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To install:
  1. Reattach the wiring and antenna cable to the back of the radio.
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  3. Position the radio beneath the instrument panel so that the control shafts protrude through their mounting holes.
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  5. If equipped, position the radio trim plate over the two control shafts and flush against the instrument panel, then install and tighten the front radio mounting nuts snugly.
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  7. Install and tighten the bottom mounting screws securely.
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  9. Press the control knobs on the shafts, ensuring that the alignment flat on the shaft is aligned with the flat in the shaft bore of the knob.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  13. Crank up the tunes on the radio to ensure that it is working properly.
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Electronic Radio

See Figures 1 through 9

This procedure includes Samurai models equipped with electronic tuning radios.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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Be sure to keep track of all the little screws, nuts and bolts during removal, so that they can be reinstalled in their original positions. Use small plastic bags to keep all related parts together, and all unrelated parts apart.

  1. If equipped, disable the air bag system.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Depress the retaining tab, then pull the ashtray out of the panel. Take this opportunity to wash it out



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Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then remove the ashtray guide track from the instrument panel



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Fig. Fig. 4: On older models, remove the radio trim piece by carefully prying it away from the instrument panel

  1. Pull the heater control lever knobs off of the levers.
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  3. On 1996-98 models, separate the heater control trim panel from the control unit by pulling it straight away from the instrument panel. Allow the trim panel to hang loose.
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  5. Open the ashtray, then depress the ashtray retainer and remove the ashtray from the sliding track. While it is removed from the vehicle, now would be a good time to wash it out.
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  7. Loosen the two retaining screws, then remove the ashtray track from the instrument panel center trim bezel.
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  9. On 1989-95 Sidekick and Tracker models, remove the trim panel by prying it carefully away from the instrument panel.
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  11. On 1996-98 models, remove the center trim bezel from the instrument panel by loosening the four retaining screws and maneuvering the heater control trim through the appropriate hole. Set the bezel out of the way.
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  13. Use a screwdriver to loosen the one rear mounting bracket-to-radio screw; access can be gained to this screw through the ashtray hole.
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  15. Remove the four radio front retaining screws, then pull the radio out of the instrument panel just far enough so that the electrical connections on the rear of the radio can be accessed.
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  17. Detach and label the wiring from the radio. Also, detach the antenna cable from the rear face of the radio.
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Fig. Fig. 5: On newer models, remove the heater control trim panel, then maneuver the center trim bezel through the hole in the heater control garnish and remove the garnish from the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 6: Pull the radio out of the instrument panel until ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... the wires attached to the back side of the radio can be accessed ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... then detach all of the wires, including the antenna cable, from the radio



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Fig. Fig. 9: Once the radio is removed from the vehicle, the side and rear mounting brackets can be separated from it

  1. Remove the radio from the vehicle.
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  3. If necessary, the side mounting and rear mounting brackets can be separated from the radio by loosening the mounting bracket screws.
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To install:
  1. If removed, install the mounting brackets on the radio unit.
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  3. Position the radio close enough to the instrument panel hole so that the wiring connectors and antenna cable can be reattached to it. Reattach the wiring and antenna cable to the radio.
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  5. Slide the radio into the instrument panel opening, then install and tighten the four front mounting screws securely. However, do not tighten the screws so tight that if you ever need to remove the radio again, you will end up stripping the screw heads.
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  7. Insert the heater control trim through the hole in the center trim bezel, then position the center trim bezel on the instrument panel. Install and tighten the mounting screws snugly.
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  9. Install the ashtray track, ensuring to tighten the mounting screws securely. Insert the ashtray in the opening, then close it.
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  11. Position the heater control trim panel over the control levers and against the control unit. Push the trim against the panel until it is properly engaged.
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  13. Install all of the control lever knobs, then connect the negative battery cable.
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  15. If applicable, enable the air bag system.
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  17. Crank up the tunes on the radio to ensure that it is working properly.
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