How to remove the original car CD player from a Mitsubishi Magna ES TL 2004
The original radio/CD player, a Clarion PE-2605K-A, in my Mitsubishi Magna TL 2004 stopped working sometime ago. I wanted to replace it with another head unit but I could not find the instructions on how to remove it from the console.
This weekend I stumbled up on a page with instructions to remove the OEM car stereo unit so I decided to give it a try. I thought I would take photos to document the steps as there are still quite a few Magna TL on the road and folks might want to upgrade or replace their car CD players.
This post is about removing the original Clarion radio/CD player. I’ll create another post on installing a new Sony digital media player, the DSX-A60BT.
This photo shows the original Clarion Car CD Player in the Mitsubishi Magna TL ES 2004:
1. Pull up the plastic cover that starts from the armrest and contains the cup holders
Be careful to gently lift the cover at the end where the window switches are as you’ll need to unplug the wiring harness underneath.
2. Pull the module underneath the climate control buttons
3. Detach the facade that houses the climate control buttons
Side view of the facade
4. Disconnect the air hose and hazard warning light push switch
5. Put the module aside
6. Remove the four screws that hold the CD player brackets to the dash with a Philips head screwdriver
7. Disconnect the two wiring harnesses to the climate controls buttons
8. Pull the CD player out and disconnect the 2 wiring harnesses and the aerial
OEM Clarion car CD player with brackets attached. It’s a Clarion PE-2605K-A.
Brackets removed from the unit
Now that the stock stereo unit is removed, we’re ready install the new stereo system.
Hello i am having trouble fiding the firewall to run a power cable to the battery for my amp. Any suggestions?
Thanks so much for posting, I’m hoping to replace mine soon! 🙂
You’re very welcome Dougal. I’m glad you’ve found the article useful.
Best wishes with your project 😉
Brilliant, just what I was looking for! Just bought the car shown and am replacing the factory fitted radio.
Removing old stereo in car audio system can be challenge to a beginner. Thanks for sharing great tips and information!
Awesome… Thanks so much. About to pull the v nice pioneer headset off the car before it goes to scrap next week. You’re instructions were just what I needed. Clear and photos too ????
Glad to hear the article was helpful 🙂
Thank you so much for posting this, you saved my day. I took a few centre consoles out, but never in our Magna. Was looking around for screws and fasteners to remove and couldn’t find too many. So I thought i’d check on the web, and lo-and-behold your article popped up. Could not believe how easy they have made the task. All due credit to the automotive designers here – genius!
BTW the windows stopped working. First intermittently, then permanently. Checked fuses, all OK, so had to get the switch out for a closer look. That was it, allright, contacts were carbonised and some of the plug pins showed signs of overheating. Quick clean with acetone and some 1200 grit, and some fiddling in re-assembly; but hey presto, works like a charm again. Same thing happened with the electric seat controls I might add.
Thanks again for posting, saved me hours and possibly some broken/damaged parts.
Thanks for your nice comment and contribution. I’m glad the article was helpful.
I hope you enjoy the new audio system and powered window 🙂
This post and the other related post were SO helpful to me, thank you so much for taking the time. I put a Kenwood KMM BT-305 digital media unit in today, replacing the Clarion factory fitted unit in my 2005 ES-TW Magna, and your articles made it a breeze.
You’re very welcome. I’m glad the article was useful.
Dude! You are a life and facade saver! Couldnt find my model magna that i needed to remove the radio from but yours was the same as mine! Thank you!!