Factory Car Stereo Repair

"Let's keep it original"



 "Why is keeping it factory the best?"
(or at least a very good idea!)
Shouldn't I just buy a used one?

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In Dash 6 Disc Changer

    Some of the problems that we have repaired are:

  • Not switching to CD Changer when you press the CD button
  • Won't eject, load, or play CD's - what to do to get my cd's out?
  • Loud clicking each time you start the vehicle
  • Loads then says error and ejects the cd
  • I used a cd with a label or sticker on it (from library, church, or other) now jammed
  • Coins and other stuff put in cd changer
  • Error Codes  
  • Skipping or Pausing of CD being played
  • Other problems (E-mail us with specifics)

Easy steps for the repair.

  • You have many options with something that isn't working properly. The first step is to understand why you would want to repair instead of replace the unit. See "Why is repairing a good option"

  • Verify where the problem is and what needs to be repaired. Many times this is obvious (like on cd players that skip) but sometimes not so clear like sound that comes and goes (is it speaker, the amp, or stereo). Email a tech if you need help with figuring out where the problem is.

  • Review our estimate info here.

  • Remove it or have someone remove it for you. 

  • Print off the Send in form to enclose with the changer (all info needed is on the form, address, email, etc.)

  • Wrap it good with some bubble-wrap to protect.

  • All the carriers deliver here (UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.) Allow under 1 week for the repair, we'll contact you if need a few days longer for parts ordering.

  • Note: We will return everything that is sent in whether it's cd's or brackets, all will be kept together.


Here are general removal tips, specific tips are linked from the vehicles model page when available.

OEM Stereos do not require removing the knobs or faceplates as they did decades ago. They generally come out to the front as a complete stereo. The brackets that hold them in are usually just hidden by the dash trim that surrounds it. These panels generally have a couple well hidden screws holding them and then they usually will unsnap off, carefully. Once the stereo is out away from the dash you will see the connectors have a tab type lock to squeeze and release to unplug them.



CRV Stereo Removal Tips


Remove two trim screws from below trip lip under two center vents near airbag off light. Carefully pop trim piece off. There are six or eight retaining clips which should fairly easily release if you start from the lip where the two screws were removed. Unplug airbag off light.

Here are photo's



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Honda CRV 03

These are pretty easy to remove. Under the stereo are 2 screws that hold the plastic dash piece that goes around the stereo. Once removed, then the dash portion will just snap off. Then you will see the 4 screws that hold the stereo brackets in.

(1999 CRV CD)

Honda CRV 98

 Does it’s trim piece just snap off? NO

 It doesn’t even just snap off after you remove silver 5/16” bolts – one from each side. You need to pry & push it out from the rear of the radio in order to not smash up the edge of the dash around the trim piece.

 The glove box and the compartment below the radio have to come out in order to see & get to the side silver screws.

 When it comes forward, you  can disconnect the AC controls (2 plugs) so it will all come out and you can remove the radio from this assembly by taking out the 2 bolts on each side that hold it in the bracket.


Standard Transmission 

The cloth that comes up on the shifter will unsnap off the shifter handle. Squeeze it at the bottom edge of the shifter handle and it will pull down and off the shifter handle. Then the piece that holds the shifter cloth will need to come up and off, start by removing the plastic push pins towards the front on each side and there are 4 screws that hold it down (2 on each side and 2 on front edge under drawer that pulls open. Looking under there, there is 4 more screws that hold the drawer in from under it. Also by the key, that unsnaps there and there a screw at the bottom of the panel – left side of the stereo.

 The glove box has to come down, it’s catches inside on edge will pop out and allow this. Then with that whole assembly loosened, it will come out of the way, you have to unplug the 2 connectors in there. Then the 2 silver bolts on sides of stereo. And push out the stereo from below and behind.


Comments: Thanks so much for doing such a great job on the repair of the CD portion of my in dash 2003 Honda CRV 6 Changer and for packing up the CDs that were stuck in it so nicely. 





I want to let you know about an email that we received here recently. It was from a customer of ours that was asking a question about his current vehicle but in the email he mentioned a repair that we had done for him previously. Here is his recent question - 

"1997","Jaguar","XL6L","4 Door","Factory Stereo ","The factory stereo has static noise occasionally in the rear speakers. Volume control has no effect on this noise when present. Do you work on these units? If so, please provide an estimate. By the way, you guys fixed a Bose in another vehicle for me some years back and it worked great ever since!  Thanks.

Many times we don't get much feedback after a customer receives their repaired unit back and they are happy. Another thing that happens when a person is deciding whether to repair or replace the unit is a person will ask us "How long after the repair before I have problems again? or How long will the repair last? That is a hard question for us to answer. I can be sure that it works after the repair but I don't know for how long. Hopefully for a very long time and we will warranty it for 1 year, and even be helpful to you after that.

Back to this recent email, I went back and looked at the previous job that was done for this customer and saw that it was done 7 years ago. We aren't often privy of this kind of long-term feedback. Daryl Willman


WOW!!! Thanks for being so quick. You are a very respectable business and that is hard to find these days - especially over the internet.  Please know that if we ever need service for our other car's stereo, you will be the first we look to. Sincerely, Maria  Illinois  1994 BMW 740i 6 Disc Changer


"When Willman's Electronics sent me a new changer for my 93 Acura Legend, it was simple to install. I ordered it by phone and received it in about 5 days. They set it all up so all I had to do was plug it in, then screw it down. Took about 10 minutes. It is great! Works perfectly with my factory stereo" Thanks!" Tom G. Dayton, Ohio


Everybody's had that "too good to be true" notion about offers, deals and "come-ons," especially on the internet. Well...Willman's is most assuredly NOT too good to be true; they are true and they are good. I was impressed from start to finish when I entrusted my 10-year-old factory-installed automobile CD Changer to their care to diagnose and remedy, following 3 years of non-use because I couldn't find anyone to repair it within reasonable cost, and with such ease and dispatch. I found the answer in Willman's. I e-mailed and spoke personally to Daryl Willman on several occasions, who made himself available for consultation and step-by-step progress. The fixed-price estimate is rarely seen these days, and pre-approval for over-runs provides customer control at every stage. I will not hesitate to recommend Willman's to anyone requiring expert analysis and service. 

Thank you!! Chris  Pensacola, FL 1992 BMW 325i 


First off I'd like to thank you and the great people at Willman's Electronics for the superb customer service and help dealing with my problem. I was greatly impressed that you spent the time to check out my unit and not charge me labor, for which I would have expected to pay. Having pulled the unit and now replacing it back in the car, I can say that it shouldn't take more that half an hour to pull or replace the radio.

You were right that there was nothing wrong with the unit, the problem was a 15 amp fuse in slot 22 of the fuse box next to the steering column. I know I checked all the fuses once before, but somehow missed that one. Again your great service is appreciated.

Regards, Will     95 Nissan Maxima Wisconsin


Thank you for the prompt email reply and the great information. My stereo is on the way to you via UPS. I will give you the tracking number if you need it. Please let me know when it arrives and what you find out about what is wrong with it. If you need any information at all just email me and I will get back to you very quickly. By the way I had emailed over a dozen other online repair shops and choose you because you sounded the most honest of them all. Thanks, Mark

Thank you for the great service, the unit works just like new. I really appreciate your excellent work and very reasonable rate. You are top notch and if there is anyone that I know in need of your service I will definitely recommend your service to him or her. Thanks, Mark


I just wanted to thank you for the great service. The quality and speed of your work is impressive. Thanks very much! Ron Albany NY  '89 Nissan Maxima Bose' Speaker Amp Rebuild


1991   Infiniti  Q45  4Dr  Received my rebuilt Bose speakers. Wow! What a difference. Can't say enough about your service. It's great to finally have great sound in my auto again. Didn't know how bad my speakers were until I installed the rebuilt ones. Thanks Again!!  Butch    Franklin, TN


Subject: 1990 Acura Legend Bose Speakers

Problem: All 4 amplifiers, which are attached to each speaker were bad. The dealerships prices for 4 new ones was over $700.00. Willman's repaired mine and the total repair and shipping time was less than 2 weeks.

Removal Tips: The web site instructions for removal and replacement are right on. I got them back today at 5PM and at 7PM they were reinstalled and sounding great.

Comments: All the reasons for repairing, as listed at this site, are right on target for me. I don't want an after market system; after all I paid a premium to get this one when I bought the car!

 Ocala, FL

(Thank you Virgil!!!)


Vehicle: 1990 Honda Accord
Comments: Hi: I read the instructions for replacing the Honda power antenna. Very helpful. In my case, it was easy since I only had to turn the radio on and off to feed in the new antenna. Thanks for the tip! 
Maryland, USA


 Subject: Audi [V8] Bose Speaker repair 1990 V8Q 92k miles young

I had Willman's rebuild all four speakers. They are now back in the car and they sound like new. I highly recommend the shop: Scott    Dallas, TX


Comments:  I was really concerned about sending my stereo away to someone I found on the internet. I figured, though, that with all the detail on their website, Willman's couldn't be a total fraud. I sent an email with a question and got a response the next day. Willman's did everything they claimed they would, and it was a pleasant experience all the way! My stereo is re-installed and working great. I'm giving Willman's name and URL to my local dealer to pass on.  DuWayne     Longmont, CO     1999 Honda Accord


Check the info for your car stereo to know what needs to be repaired.