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        A look inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

        Vehicle-specific instructions for removing your car stereo and speakers

        The Crutchfield MasterSheet™ is a set of vehicle-specific instructions that shows you how to remove the stereo and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we describe all of the work that goes into researching a vehicle and creating our instructions. What's more, this same vehicle info is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits — we really do.

        Disassemble your dash with confidence

        We have removal instructions for most, but not all, of the thousands of vehicles in our database. Our unique instructions are much more helpful than the generic installation instructions you'll get anywhere else. We include clear pictures of the vehicle and detailed instructions that are specifc and easy to understand. 

        Take a look ahead of time

        These detailed instructions are free with your Crutchfield car stereo or speaker order. We even send it to you ahead of the order via email so that you can take a look at what's involved in the installation before your new car audio gear even arrives! It'll be included in your shipping confirmation email.

        If you're not sure about the challenge of installing new car audio gear, you can also purchase these instructions first, so you can evaluate the task. Then, if you order your new gear within 60 days, we'll credit the cost of the instructions back to your order. Give us a shout (via phone or chat) if you have any questions. 

        Read video transcript

        When you purchase a car stereo from Crutchfield, the instructions start here. They're step-by-step, screw by screw, clip by clip, taking the vehicle apart...we write the instructions, we've got measurements of the depth, the height, of the width of the cavities; we just try to get every piece of information we can for our customers as well as our techs and salespeople.

        Typically we take between 300 and 700 pictures per day per vehicle. Wayne takes the pictures, I write the copy, it's proofed several times by multiple people so we know we've got it perfect. And all this information is put into our database so that online people can find what fits their vehicle, or what doesn't, and they'll be able to make a purchase without having to worry about it. And get photo by photo, screw by screw disassembly instructions. So a lot of people who have never done it before have the opportunity to do the work themselves.

        You have any questions, give us a call at Crutchfield and we'll do our best to help you out.

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          Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

          Posted on 12/13/2016

          Frank, Check out our Vehicle Profile on the Colorado to get a sneak preview of what you're getting into. The MasterSheet for this truck will be included free with your Crutchfield stereo or speaker purchase.

        • Frank from Wilmington

          Posted on 12/10/2016

          Need detailed instructions on how to disconnect original equipment stereo cd radio from my 2006 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab so I can buy a similar new one from you. Are installation instructions included? Want to see disconnect instructions first to be sure I can handle the job. Please advise ordering instructions and recommendation for replacement cd radio. Thank you.

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          Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

          Posted on 8/23/2016

          Peggy, if you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

        • Peggy Howell from Robertsdale

          Posted on 8/23/2016

          My daughter purchased the Clarion CZ102 for me and all I have is one piece of paper for the installation kit and it's not clear at all.

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          Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

          Posted on 12/21/2015

          Billy, you should find your MasterSheet in your inbox attached to your emailed Crutchfield receipt. If you don't find it, please give us a call at 1.888.955.6000 and an advisor will be able to help you.

        • Billy from Pollock

          Posted on 12/20/2015

          Either never received or misplaced mastersheet for installation of ixaw404 car audio system

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          Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

          Posted on 5/4/2015

          Richard, Here's the general info on our Mastersheets. If you'd like to buy one, give us a call at the number at the top of the page.

        • RICHARD from missouri

          Posted on 5/2/2015