View Full Version : Removing an HU

09-12-2007, 03:27 AM
Is there an easy way to remove an aftermarket HU without the provided keys?

The one im trying to take out it in there, and I dont have the keys. do they make a universal, or is a popsicle stick just as good.

Shops have to take out multiple HUs, so tell me how you do it?

09-12-2007, 03:38 AM
what car?

09-12-2007, 03:39 AM
What kind of car is it in?

09-12-2007, 03:40 AM
94 ford f-150

09-12-2007, 03:49 AM
I got a set of Ford keys right now, I bought them to take out my stock HU in my 04 Crown Victoria. I used the same keys to remove the stock HU in my cousins 01 Ford Expendition. I just used them again to pull the HU out of my friends 93 Crown Vic.

I bought them from Advance Auto, because I was working on my car on a Sunday and nothing else close was open. Trust me, pick up a set of keys there cheap and easy to find.

Hell, I would send you mine if I wasnt using them so much.

09-12-2007, 03:56 AM
Im trying to get a pioneer deh-p2600 out. I have a set for stock radios, just not for this type of aftermarket.

09-12-2007, 03:58 AM
Any pics of it? If the Pioneer is already in there, check to see if its bolted anywhere on the front to the mounts. Also, see if the Pioneer is mounted in a metal sleeve, you can use a small thin flat head screwdriver to bend the tabs down and allow the radio to slide out.

09-12-2007, 04:09 AM
its not bolted, I may try to bend the sleeve tabs like you said. it would be great if I could just find a piece of metal thin enough to go into the slots.

I may post pics tommorrow.

09-12-2007, 01:00 PM
going to get pics @ around 8pm

09-12-2007, 01:18 PM
those trucks are a pain in the ***. i remember doing it in my 92 F150. GL though!

09-12-2007, 01:34 PM
If it's the retention tabs on the Pioneer HU itself, you can try and use straightened paper clips and slide them into the slots.

09-12-2007, 08:45 PM
ill try the paper clips, I was thinking today. how do theives make off with radios so fast. they must have something.

09-12-2007, 08:58 PM
i thought you could remove the dash, unscrew the dash kit and remove it along with the cd player and then after the rear of the HU is exposed its easy to unfold the tabs holding it in. i have done a lot of pioneer hu's and that is what i have done. i was pretty sure i have messed with a f150 too.

"removing an HU" in the english language we only use "an" before vowel beginning words: such as "there is an apple on the table."

09-13-2007, 01:46 AM
then why do we say "an hour" !!!!!!!!!! lol :fyi:

anyways I got it out. I used bent up coathangers and a skinny screwdriver. then with a pair of pliers I pulled it out.

I want to thank everyone for helping me get this resolved. there are some good people on this forum.

09-13-2007, 02:14 AM
Glad to hear you got it out man.

09-13-2007, 02:19 AM
wait a second, Noob. But I can buy a key for my car or w/e and just slide the HU in and out w/o taking apart my dash?

09-13-2007, 02:25 AM
Glad you got it straight

09-13-2007, 02:43 AM
wait a second, Noob. But I can buy a key for my car or w/e and just slide the HU in and out w/o taking apart my dash?

depends on how your dash is setup. some you can and some you cant.