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Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

Hi, newbie here (both to the forum, and in owning a car!! )

I am currently in the middle of changing my blaupunkt radio for a pioneer model. I have got so far, but I just cannot get the wiring harness out of blaupunkt! I scrolled through so many pages of the internet, and am no closer to working out if i just need to yank it out (my poor sore fingers) or if there's a trick I'm missing.

Can anyone explain (I literally have 0 car experience, so layman's terms would be good )??


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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

Hi, Welcome to the FF.

Blaupunkt wiring connectors are usually similar to those in picture below. The clips on the left of the picture are locking clips and need to be pushed in towards the connector to release them. Pull the connector out while holding the clip in.
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

The Blaupunkt units are often very tight with their connections, making it difficult to press the tang and wriggle the connector out. May need some swearing, and firm wriggling.
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Quote Originally Posted by Davren View Post
Hi, Welcome to the FF.

Blaupunkt wiring connectors are usually similar to those in picture below. The clips on the left of the picture are locking clips and need to be pushed in towards the connector to release them. Pull the connector out while holding the clip in.
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Looks like the right ones, thank you,will have another fiddle around when my fingers have healed slightly 😂
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

So update:

My car had to go to the garage today (finally I can drive it!!) so I got them to take out my radio wiring harness at the same time! So I get home very excited that I can finally put my new radio in, and guess what! It doesn't fit!!! 😭 the hole is a couple of mm too small. I can't imagine other radios being smaller as they seem to be in only a few particular sizes, so I can't work out what's going on. Guess it's time to go back to Amazon!
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

You have to remove the original cage, and use the one that comes with the new radio. Otherwise, should be a standard DIN size.
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Quote Originally Posted by portland_bill View Post
You have to remove the original cage, and use the one that comes with the new radio. Otherwise, should be a standard DIN size.
I can't see any original cage? The only thing there is, is a metal cage but it looks attached to the car/gap the radio is in. I have managed to get the cage off the new radio, which means it now fits in the gap, but I'm worried that it'll just fall out as it's not as long as my old one.

All the videos showed this being so simple!!
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

Can you take and upload a picture of the opening left by removal of the original headunit?
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

Would also be helpful if you told us which model we're dealing with.

Original cage will need to come out, unless its securing holes for the radio are the same as the Blaupunkt original. They are often held in by a screw in the centre at the back, in the dark depths, so peer in with a torch. Might be a hex key rather than a pozi screw. Might also be some screws at the front, or just bent tangs along the edges. New radio should have had some instructions, which might help understand the original.

Tell us where you are. Someone might be near enough to pop around and point and advise. Other forums might point and laugh, but we generally don't do that!
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Based on previous posts, 2007 Panda Active in Thanet
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

Thanks. Can't seem to quote more than one person when I'm accessing this on my phone, so apologies for that!

Yes Eklipze3k, that is me!

I will grab pictures when I get home from work later. Also waiting for an adapter for the aerial as I didn't realise but it's slightly different on the new radio.
The new radio is Pioneer MVH-190UB Digital Car Stereo with RDS Tuner, USB and Aux-In. The manual talks about installing the new radio either with the cage they supply or the original one in the car. But I haven't had a chance to have a proper deep look.
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

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Based on previous posts, 2007 Panda Active in Thanet
Was original radio a single DIN, or the double DIN? Double-DIN cage from mine was held in by a large hex socket screw at the back, and four screws at the front. Despite being Blaupunkt, would not take an aftermarket Blaupunkt unit, had to remove cage and fit the one from the 'new' radio.
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Quote Originally Posted by portland_bill View Post
Was original radio a single DIN, or the double DIN? Double-DIN cage from mine was held in by a large hex socket screw at the back, and four screws at the front. Despite being Blaupunkt, would not take an aftermarket Blaupunkt unit, had to remove cage and fit the one from the 'new' radio.
I believe it was a single din. I'm really not a car fanatic, but that's the size it seems to be. It has a little shelf bit built in above it?
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

That's the single din then, I'm not too familiar with the Panda specifically, but you usually have to replace the factory surround (fascia) with an aftermarket one to accommodate aftermarket radios - something like this.
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Re: Factory radio wiring harness won't budge!

Single DIN original fitment should accept any single DIN aftermarket replacement, without the need for a new fascia. But, each radio will need its own cage, as the location holes for the locking tangs all seem to be different.

Need to identify how the original cage is held in, then remove it and replace with the new one for the new radio.
As it is a 2007 Panda, it will also need a CANbus adaptor, or an ignition feed from somewhere else. Do not connect the Canbus wires directly to the aftermarket radio.
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