How To Replace A 2012-2014 Suburban Radio With Navigation

Changing out the radio and navigation unit in your Chevy Suburban may look intimidating. It's actually much simpler than it seems. We’ve made this easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on how to replace navigation and radio unit in your 2012-14 Chevy Suburban.

What To Do When Your Radio/Navigation Is Acting Up

Chevy suburban radio

As is the case with a lot of components on your car, if your radio and navigation unit are acting up, your two options are to either repair or replace it. In either case, you’ll have to remove the unit from the dashboard. If you are looking to buy a replacement unit, check out our 2012 to 2014 DVD and Navigation Radio replacement unit.

Prep Your Car

There are a few things to prepare before you start tearing apart your dashboard. Before you get started, make sure you:

  • Park on a level surface
  • Engaged the parking brake
  • Disconnect the bbattery

As far as tools go, you will only need:

  • A plastic trim removal tool, or a another flat prying tool (plastic is best)
  • 7mm Socket Wrench

Remove The Unit

Suburban radio

Taking the unit out is not a difficult task. However, it is important to be careful when removing the trim bezel to make sure you do not break any retaining clips.

  1. Using your trim removal tool, start with the bottom right corner and pry around the edges of the receiver trim panel to release the retaining clips. Move around the trim panel and pry until you loosen all 5 clips.
  2. Once the trim piece is removed, you will see 8 7mm bolts holding the infotainment unit, switch panel, and climate control panel. Remove all 8 bolts.
  3. Pull the switch panel and climate control panel located below the radio out gently while leaving the harnesses connected. Then, remove the navigation and radio unit and gently disconnect the wiring harness connected in the back.

Installing Your Replacement Navigation And Radio Unit

  1. Get your replacement navigation/radio and connect the wiring harness in the back.
  2. Position the new unit in the dash and place the switch panel and climate control panel back in their place.
  3. Install the 8 7mm screws on the sides.
  4. Place the trim panel back on and ensure all clips are secure in their place.

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