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.