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Old 03-26-2008, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you replace 2004 Chevy Impala factory stereo with a aftermarket stereo?

All help is appriciated!

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Old 03-26-2008, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont know the inside of your car. some you have to remove the whole pannel. then remove the factory stereo. put a stereo plate in so it matches your factory hole size. get a harness that matches your car.

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This can be a bit tricky... I was looking into changing mine out to my Pioneer 960 MP with XM. This radio doesn't have typical radio wiring it's basically another computer, it can reset your oil, tire pressure monitor, set your keyfob's, how long your lights stay on for when you stop, even the alarm system... This needs to be relocated somewhere in the car to keep everything working correctly and is more work than it's worth in my opinion. I wired in a aux input module that works with the factory XM unit, it was very easy and now I can use my mp3 player, laptop, portable DVD player through the stereo.

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Old 05-04-2009, 12:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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replacing cd player with cd changer

hi guys, i replaced the cd player on my impala 2004 with a GM Cd changer, it work`s fine but the volume is not even the half of the older cd player has , i will apreciate any help!!!!!

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Old 05-18-2009, 12:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I recently did this and trying to remember what i can from my head, i will post detailed pictures later.

You will need to remove (2) Screws which are located on each end of the dash behind the fuse panels, then you will need to remove the (2) screws above the speed cluster. Remove the black plastic piece right above your feet it unclips, then you will need to remove the plastic piece above your knees (under the steering column). Then remove (1) screw to the left of the column. Once that is done you can pull the dash out, it will take a little force (don't worry it wont break) and its out.

You dont need to get a $100 harness like most people on here say, a cheap $15 harness GM works. You will get store salesman saying your computer wont work but it WILL. Just make sure you have stuff already programmed through the radio before removal.


This needs to be relocated somewhere in the car to keep everything working correctly and is more work than it's worth in my opinion.

I have had a aftermarket unit for 7 months in my car, no issues.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thumbs up proper impala aftermarket cd player hookup

Yes you can put an after market CD player in your Impala but you must have these things to do so. (Works with 2000 - 2005 Chevy Impala)

1. An aftermarket CD player. (Any kind)

2. Dash adapter kit.

(Search *ww.google.com/products for " Radio Kit 02 Impala ")

3. T-harness to relocate factory radio to the trunk as to preserve the cars on-board computer and retain the ability to reset messages such as time for an oil change which is done through the factory radio.

(Search *ww.google.com/products for " Scosche GM06B ")

4. Patience, about 2 Hours, and the willingness to remove and reinstall your dash and trim panels.

NOTE: ALWAYS REMOVE NEGATIVE BATTERY TERMINAL BEFORE DOING ANY OF THE STEPS BELOW. DO NOT RECONNECT UNTIL ALL ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS ARE MADE AND SECURE.

NOTE: The instructions provided with the T-harness say that you should disconnect the airbags before proceeding as there is a risk they may go off unintentionally. However GM/Chevrolet says that under no circumstances should you ever disconnect the airbag (SRS) system. Even with the negative battery terminal disconnected the airbags could still go off causing personal injury. I my self have done this procedure many times and have NEVER disable the airbags, with no negative effects. It is up to you EITHER WAY PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Dash removal instructions see page 18 of the link below.

( *ttp://documents.victorytechnologies.com//documents/product/929.pdf )

Route harness wire under dash to far passenger side of car remove bottom and side door trim from front and back passenger doors to release carpeting so that you can run the wires underneath it. Remove back seat (bottom and back) and look for a hole maybe covered in a black rubber type substance with a black plastic tube filled with wires going through it. Pull back rubber sealer and push harness through into the trunk and replace seal as best as possible.

Make sure to secure the factory radio in the trunk so that it does not slide around and get damaged.

Install your dash kit. (Should come with instructions, kind of a no brainer)

Color match the T-harness's wires and the radio harness wires and secure with caps.

NOTE: Impalas have a system known as RAP or Retained Accessory Power allowing the vehicles radio and windows to function for 10 minutes after the car is shut off and the key is removed, or until a door is opened. Due to this aftermarket radios work incorrectly with the RED accessory wire provided on the T-harness. To fix this do not use the RED wire from the T-harness instead hook the RED wire from your CD player's harness to an accessory wire located behind the glove box. (See impala notes in the box at the bottom of the instructions that came with the T-harness for which wire to use.)

Install metal CD player holder into dash kit and bend in the prongs to secure in place.

CHECK ALL CONNECTIONS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE CAPPED AND NO BARE WIRES ARE EXPOSED.

Connect wire harness to CD player and slide CD player in until it clicks in secure.

Reconnect the negative battery terminal and start your car or turn it to the ON position. Check to make sure both the aftermarket and the factory radio work correctly, as well as all other aspects of the car. (Factory radio will have no sound but should otherwise function correctly.)

If all works reassemble your car and your done.

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theres a thread in here that shows you how to pull the dash ;)

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What should I use to secure the radio in the trunk?

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Looks to be a pretty good guide here! I came across this thread Googling for tips on the radio install I'll be doing tomorrow on my own 04 Impala. I will post finished pics and any more helpful tips I find along the way. KingOfBling's picture he attached looks to be the best thing I've been able to find so far as far as visually showing me what I need to do;; thanks!!



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Looks to be a pretty good guide here! I came across this thread Googling for tips on the radio install I'll be doing tomorrow on my own 04 Impala. I will post finished pics and any more helpful tips I find along the way. KingOfBling's picture he attached looks to be the best thing I've been able to find so far as far as visually showing me what I need to do;; thanks!!





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Hi there i just put in a double den pioneer with dvd now i get the change oil light lol but it is a small price to pay for the upgrade. Is there a work around since you need the oem stereo to reset this? thank you

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On many GM vehicles, you turn the key to ON (do not start), then depress the gas pedal 3 times. The light will flash twice.

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On many GM vehicles, you turn the key to ON (do not start), then depress the gas pedal 3 times. The light will flash twice.
Thank you i will try it cross fingers and toes

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Wow! so simple yet effective! Thanks for the tip. It worked and no more anooying light. now why didnt the goons at chevy tell me this

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