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Car radio removal

  1. Sep 10, 2008 #1
    I have a '98 kia sportage and recently the radio has been acting up. It works sometimes, and other times, i am left with nothing but static. It seems to work alot more often when it is hot out, but just the fact that it works, then doesn't, makes me think that maybe something is loose, or not connected all the way. Anyway, I want to take the radio out and for lack of better terms, just screw with it. See what happens, worst that happens, radio doesn't go back in/work at all, not a big deal. Does anyone know how to remove a radio that doesn't have the 2 holes for DIN keys? thats the only kind i know how to do... and i'm hoping that i dont have to take off the whole dash, thats not worth it.

    thanks in advance
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2


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    Personally, I'd go to the dealer and ask to look at the how to book.
  4. Sep 10, 2008 #3
    It could just be a lose or bad fuse. That sometimes happens in my car. Though, my radio is acting up as well and...my whole dash has to be taken off to fix it. My guess is that your dash might have to be taken off as well, but that's why you can go to a car repair man, that's what I have to do, since I know nothing about cars, lol. :biggrin:
  5. Sep 10, 2008 #4
    If you remove the radio be sure to keep track of the wiring.

    1998 Kia Sportage Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram

    Car Radio Constant 12V+ Wire: Light Green
    Car Radio Ignition Switched 12V+ Wire: Black/Yellow
    Car Radio Ground Wire: Black
    Car Radio Illumination Wire: Blue/Yellow
    Car Radio Dimmer Wire: N/A
    Car Radio Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
    Car Radio Amplifier Trigger Wire: N/A
    Front Speakers Size: 4″
    Front Speakers Location: Doors
    Left Front Speaker Wire (+): Green
    Left Front Speaker Wire (-): Blue/Red
    Right Front Speaker Wire (+): Light Green/Yellow
    Right Front Speaker Wire (-): Black/Green
    Rear Speakers Size: 6 1/2″
    Rear Speakers Location: Side Panels
    Left Rear Speaker Wire (+): Green/Yellow
    Left Rear Speaker Wire (-): Blue/Orange
    Right Rear Speaker Wire (+): Green/White
    Right Rear Speaker Wire (-): Green/Blue

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    Check the antenna connections before you remove anything.

    You might find a repair manual at a public library.
  6. Sep 11, 2008 #5


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    Have you tried parking it at one of the seedier apartment complexes and leaving the doors unlocked?
  7. Sep 11, 2008 #6


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    Stereos without the holes for DIN keys usually have dead narrow slots at the sides (often underneath a cover) and are removed in much the same way as the DIN key ones.

    You might need special keys though, have a look on eBay for ones for your stereo.
  8. Sep 11, 2008 #7
    One time I went to visit my brother. I carried two suitcases to the car and went back inside and grabbed another bag. My stereo and suitcases were gone in the time it took to get back. Couldn't have been more than two maybe three minutes.
  9. Sep 11, 2008 #8


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    They're very easy to take apart.

    Just go to an auto store that sells how-to-books on Kia, then go to the stereo section, read how its done. Put the book back. (No need to buy it.) And then go home and do it. It's very easy. The wires are usually all lumped in one and just snap on and off. No need to label them or anything.

    Not sure why someone posted a long list of wires to keep track. Probably trying to scare you.
  10. Sep 11, 2008 #9
    That long list of wires is the color code for every radio wire on a 98 Kia Sportage :rolleyes:
    No need to be scared just informed. It may be that most of the wires will all hook up through several snap together connectors.

    If the radio has to be replaced, a generic radio won't necessarily have the same color code or connectors.

    There are twelve wires, so what would you suggest JasonRox?..trial and error.
  11. Sep 11, 2008 #10
    trial and error is more exciting.
  12. Sep 12, 2008 #11
    Do you know if your car radio has a key code lock on it? If so, for the love of god do NOT unhook it from a battery source before you try to take it out. You have to take it out while still keeping it connected to a power source. If you don't your car radio will lock out once you install it back and hook it up to the battery again. If you don't have your key code for the radio it can be a major pain in the buttocks to get. You have to find the serial number for your radio and car, call up the manufacturer directly or contact an outside party, and pay an exorbitant fee (like $60) to get the key code.

    I know all of this too well from experience.
  13. Sep 12, 2008 #12
    Most of the time you don't have to mess with all of the wires in the back of radios all you need to buy what is called a "car stereo harness". I installed plenty of radios in cars back when I was a teenager.
  14. Sep 12, 2008 #13
    Does anyone know about Honda Civics and the radios there?? Do you really have to take out the whole dash to fix a radio? I'm not sure if the people I am going to are just telling me stuff because they know I don't know any better, lol. I would love to be able to fix it myself, rather than to take it to someone and not have my own car for a week or so.
  15. Sep 12, 2008 #14
    I had a 2000 Daewoo a while back (similar to Kias). I tried to change the radio myself and had a time of it. I couldn't find a wire harness that was compatible so I wound up splicing the lines myself which took time and careful attention to wire schematics. At first I wasn't able to get it right so I just put the old radio back in. It asked for the key code and the power seemed to never connect back up to it properly so all my radio presets were always erased and every now and again I had to put the key code in again. Eventually I was able to put the new radio in but the space was too big for it and I didn't have the materials or know how to resize it to fit.

    Anyhow... At alot of places like Best Buy you can get a new stereo for about $100 or less and if you spend at least $100 they will install it for you for free. At least that's what it was the last time I was there.
  16. Sep 12, 2008 #15
    The radio code is also needed everytime a battery cable is disconected. In the worst case scenario a dealership can find it using the VIN number. Edit: The dealership may need the number from the back of the radio.

    For a number of years Kia used a factory code: 1111 It may still work on older Kias. The last time I used it was on a 97 Sephia.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2008
  17. Sep 12, 2008 #16
    Gees guys I covered the multi wire connectors. I didn't take the time to look up the info on the wiring color code of kia radios just to scare the poster away from doing the fix.

    There is all kinds of info available on the net, some of it you have to pay for. It is all a part of our new economy.:wink:

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  18. Sep 12, 2008 #17


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    I wrote my code on a pop out access panel in the back of the car interior with indelible marker when I bought the car. I was afraid of this very thing.

    As for stealing it, I wish someone would. It gets lousy reception.
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