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How to remove original car CD player from Mitsubishi Magna ES TL 2004

The original radio/CD player, a Clarion PE-2605K-A, in my Mitsubishi Magna TL 2004 stopped working sometime ago. I wanted to replace it with another head unit but I could not find the instructions on how to remove it from the console.

This weekend I stumbled up on a page with instructions to remove the OEM car stereo unit so I decided to give it a try. I thought I would take photos to document the steps as there are still quite a few Magna TL on the road and folks might want to upgrade or replace their car CD players.

This post is about removing the original Clarion radio/CD player. I’ll create another post on installing a new Sony digital media player, the DSX-A60BT.

This photo shows the original Clarion Car CD Player in the Mitsubishi Magna TL ES 2004:

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Steps

1. Pull up the plastic cover that starts from the armrest and contains the cup holders

Be careful to gently lift the cover at the end where the window switches are as you’ll need to unplug the wiring harness underneath.

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Cover removed.

2. Pull the module underneath the climate control buttons

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3. Detach the facade that houses the climate control buttons

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10 Comments

  1. Hello i am having trouble fiding the firewall to run a power cable to the battery for my amp. Any suggestions?

    Thanks

  2. Awesome… Thanks so much. About to pull the v nice pioneer headset off the car before it goes to scrap next week. You’re instructions were just what I needed. Clear and photos too 😊

  3. Thank you so much for posting this, you saved my day. I took a few centre consoles out, but never in our Magna. Was looking around for screws and fasteners to remove and couldn’t find too many. So I thought i’d check on the web, and lo-and-behold your article popped up. Could not believe how easy they have made the task. All due credit to the automotive designers here – genius!
    BTW the windows stopped working. First intermittently, then permanently. Checked fuses, all OK, so had to get the switch out for a closer look. That was it, allright, contacts were carbonised and some of the plug pins showed signs of overheating. Quick clean with acetone and some 1200 grit, and some fiddling in re-assembly; but hey presto, works like a charm again. Same thing happened with the electric seat controls I might add.
    Thanks again for posting, saved me hours and possibly some broken/damaged parts.

    1. Thanks for your nice comment and contribution. I’m glad the article was helpful.
      I hope you enjoy the new audio system and powered window 🙂

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