CD43 Radio removal

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Yorkshireman
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CD43 Radio removal

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Anyone got any top tips for removing the CD43 type radio without breaking it. I have unscrewed the two allen bolts behind the little flaps but it doesn't seem to have made any difference.
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I don't have any 'hands on' experience but looking online it sounds like you slacken off the allen bolts and the unit 'should' just pull out.

This from 'DND Services' website (relates to a Mini installation):

"To remove the Radio, open the two small flaps at either side of the fascia that will reveal the small allen key headed bolts. Unscrew these bolts as far as they will go, taking care not to damage the heads. The bolts will not come out, but are winding back a sliding bar inside the radio. Stop when resistance is felt. You should then be able to then withdraw the radio."

Apparently the same unit was fitted to cars made by a certain German manufacturer (who once owned Rover :wink3 ). Similar advice appears on their owner forums. It sounds like one of the plugs on the back can be quite tricky to remove.
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Re: CD43 Radio removal

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Thanks Steve. I have slackened the bolts but doesn't seem to have made any difference. If it was a cassette player rather than CD I could put my fingers in the cassette slot to pull it out but the problem with these is it's a tight fit and there is nothing to get hold of, CD slot is too narrow to get your fingers in and you can't reach up behind console to push it from back, that is why I was wondering if anyone had any bright ideas or experience.
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I take it this application doesn't use two pin holes on either side of the unit? that you fit a pair of spring clips into.
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Re: CD43 Radio removal

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No mate, these are held in by 2 little Allen bolts that wind out a tab metal tab. I have got it out now I had a brain wave just as I woke up this morning - I have a roll of tape similar to gaffer tape but stronger adhesive so I cut a couple of pieces off that, fed them through the small gaps between top and bottom of radio and facia, pushed a steel ruler through to stick the adhesive to the radio then pulled the radio out with the tapes. Came out third go.
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Well done!
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Thank you.
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Post by SteveB »

Brilliant - glad you got it sorted, and a useful tip for anyone with the same issue.

As for your immobiliser problem I really do sympathise. There are few things more frustrating than your own car not letting you drive it away when there's nothing mechanically wrong with it.
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Re: CD43 Radio removal

Post by Yorkshireman »

Thanks Steve. You are dead right there. In case you haven't seen my post today under the immobilizer heading I have managed to sort that much to my relief. I was looking at a post on another page the other day where someone is selling their ZR that looks really nice for £400 because they can't get the immobilizer off it and was beginning to think I might have to do something similar.
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