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In-dash DVD players are a great way to add high-quality mobile video to your vehicle. These devices are available from many manufacturers at a wide range of prices. Here's how to install one.

Instructions Difficulty:

Challenging Things You'll Need Screwdriver Wiring harness Wrench/socket Installation kit In-dash DVD player

 

Steps

  1. 1) One Open the hood of the car and disconnect the battery. You can disconnect the negative cable only and still be safe, but it's best to disconnect both the positive and the negative cable.
  2. 2) Two Using the proper screwdriver, take out the screws holding the factory stereo in your car's dashboard, then remove the stereo from the dash. You may have to remove parts of the dash to take the stereo out.
  3. 3) Three Carefully remove the connectors from the back of the stereo. Check the connectors to make sure they're not broken or dirty.
  4. 4) Four You can buy a wiring harness designed for your vehicle at a car audio and video equipment dealer; these are intended for aftermarket installations. Connect the wiring harness to the car's connector. See the wiring harness instructions for the proper connection.
  5. 5) Five Insert the in-dash DVD player in the aftermarket installation kit head unit. All dashboards are different, so you must buy an installation kit that matches the make of car.
  6. 6) Six Connect the other end of the wiring harness to the back of the DVD player. Connect the antenna cable to the antenna input on the back of the DVD player.
  7. 7) Seven Insert the DVD player and the installation kit in the car's dash. Put in any screws that are required and replace any dash panels that you removed.
  8. 8) Eight Replace the battery cables and make sure they are tightened. Close the hood and turn on the car. The in-dash DVD player panel will light up if the installation was successful.