The fact is many drivers love to use various car gadgets to make driving comfortable and convenient. In my 2009 Mazda 5, there are also lots of useful gadgets such as DVR, car refrigerator, phone holder, windshield cover etc, they greatly improve my driving experience.
Recently, I just got my standard factory radio replaced. Using the new touch screen radio head unit is very amazing. If you are considering adding big screen radio to your vehicle too, the below installation guide may help you understand more.
Part 1, How to Upgrade?
Sometimes, it’s not so hard to replace the factory car radio by ourselves. Before starting, you should prepare the tools including plastic pry tools, screwdrivers, pliers etc, and cut off the car power to ensure safety.
1, We need to remove the handbrake panel, follow the steps,
①Remove the left and right screws that fixed the panel.
②Remove the protective plastic frame of the handbrake.
③Remove the screws inside.
④Now you can remove the whole handbrake panel.
2, Remove the screws that fixed the radio unit.
3, Use the plastic pry to remove the radio unit. Pull out the unit and unplug its connectors.
4, Connect the new radio cables to the car, then connect the new touch screen radio system.
5, Put the new radio to the dash, and turn on your car to test whether it works normally.
6, If the new radio functions well, install back all the car parts. If there is problem, you should double check the wiring condition. Or ask the seller for help if needed.
Part 2, What We Get?
Apparently, touch screen Android radio looks great and is super easy to operate. What’s more, it can provide various fantastic functions.
It’s equipped with the latest Android system, high quality CPU and large capacity, being able to keep stable performance. I can also download different interesting APPs to have fun.
On the other hand, the unit supports Carplay, which means you can quickly connect your phone to the radio, then you can freely use the phone’s apps like making calls, listening to phone music, applying phone map for navigation etc. on the radio screen.
Another powerful function of the head unit is that after we install and connect a backup camera to the car, the radio will display the rear view images automatically every time when we reverse and park the car, helping us park car conveniently and safely.
Compared to the old radio, the new car radio system offers more entertainment ways. For example, you can listen to FM/AM radio channels, enjoy online music, watch 1080P videos, browse websites and so on. That will be the perfect assistant in your long road trip drive.