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Old 01-27-2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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How to remove 2008 Ford Focus Radio

I made a post in an earlier thread that I successfully was able to remove the radio unit in my 2008 Ford Focus and some people wanted to see pictures on how I did this. If you've seen the 2008 Focus's dash unit you know it looks pretty intimidating to remove. After playing around a bit I was able to remove it with no special "DIN tools." The only thing you'll need is a flathead screwdriver, a 7mm ratchet wrench, and a little bit of carefulness and patience.


1) You want to start off by pulling the e-brake all the way up as far as you can. I also found it helps to put the key in the ignition (you don't need to start it) and put your automatic transmission into D or L. This will just make it easier when you pull off the plastic that surround it.

2). Open the middle storage compartment and pry the plastic up with a flathead screwdriver (see picture below).



3) Once you remove the center plastic that surrounds the e-brake and shift stick you need to remove the 2 screws that secure the bottom of the radio unit into place (please see the below picture).



4) Using a flathead screwdriver pry the plastic plate on the passenger side (where the airbag is located). This won't come all the way off, as there's a screw keeping it from doing so. You should be able to to get it off enough to be able to remove the radio.



5) Remove the two screws holding the plastic that surrounds the steering wheel.



6) Lower the steering wheel all the way and remove this plastic.



7) Remove the vents above the top of the radio dash unit.



8) Remove the two screws holding the radio in place.



9) Starting from the bottom begin to pull the dash unit out.





I hope this helps for anyone who wants to try this. I apologize for not knowing technical words for things or for my lack of explanations. I hope the pictures speak pretty much for themselves. Good luck!


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Old 01-28-2008, 08:25 AM   #2
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blech. excuse me while i throw up. ok now that you have the pictures up and you know how to do it... mind coming over and doing it for me?

nah all kidding aside, thanks for the FAQ.. now all i have to do is figure out the color coding on the speaker wires...
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:39 AM   #3
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Whoa - nice write-up and gutsy move: improvisationally tearin' up the console and dash of your brand-new car! I'd be far too squeamish for that. (That stereo must not sound all that good, huh? EDIT - oh, I just found your other thread re: Sirius. Got it.)
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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ouch....i would have at least used a panel puller...hope that screw driver didnt mess up your plastic too much
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:15 AM   #5
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sweet job man now i can convince my mom to paint her interior panels red like the outside
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:50 PM   #6
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Now the question is...can i go to a junkyard and find an 08 with with the same color interior and swap out my steering wheel with one that has the control buttons and a radio that has Sync and a 6-disc?????!

Oh and the mirror since thats where the mic is for the phone. Im also guessing that all the wiring is pre ran as part of the harness for the whole 08 foci series and i can just "Plug & Play".
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yo thanks alot man this really helped me and my boy, we coyldnt figure it out
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even if you do this, how are you going to put in a aftermarket radio.
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hey im putting in a amp but when i removed the radio there was no left and right input...what am i supposed to do
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run a line output converter off the rear speakers
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