Hyundai Santa Fe (2007-) Stereo Removal

Hyundai Santa Fe 2007 White

In this guide, I will explain how to remove the standard stereo from a Hyundai Santa Fe MK2 (2007-). The pictures featured in this guide are used as a base guide, where your trim may differ slightly, but the removal of panels and trims will be same throughout the model range.

Standard Stereo & Car

Recommended Tools*

*Note above are general tools you should have when doing this type of job, but you may not need them, see tutorial for exact tools needed


  • You will NOT need a code for the stereo when connecting back up.
  • If you are changing to a new stereo, you will require a PC-65-4
  • If you are fitting a Hands Free Kit (Parrot/Motorola) you will require a SOT-091 (or SOT-930 if premium amplified audio fitted)


The Santa Fe is fairly tricky to do without trim removal tools, the plastic trims are quite stiff to get off if they have never been removed before, and may take a bit of prising to remove the main plastic trim (in this case, the carbon effect trim that stretches from the passengers side, to the left hand side of the steering wheel) – The best way to tackle this is to start at the passenger side, and place your trim tool at the top of the crack of the trim – see steps further below for more images of the trim clips.
 Under the pocket there are two philips screws which need to be removed, this will allow you to remove the top pocket, by lifting the pocket out (closest side first), and then pulling the pocket towards yourself.
 As discussed above in the first step, this is the hardest part of the removal, as there are many clips holding this trim in place, but should be removed with your trim tool to stop the trim getting marked/scratched. Start at the passenger side, and slide your trim tool around the trim towards the drivers side. The ashtray part is a little tricky to get out, but does come out with a bit of persuasion. Also note, there is a plug to un-do behind the ash tray once the trim has been removed.
Once the trim has been removed, it will reveal a series of screws which need to be removed before proceeding with removing the stereo. This will allow you to remove the air vents and climate control.
Once you have removed the six screws above, using your trim tool again, remove each of the air vents, this will then allow you to gain access to the 10mm bolts on each side of the stereo. Removing the climate control panel gives you a bit more room to work with.
  1. Thanks and thanks again,I bought a bojo tool and followed your instructions and pics to a T,
    Perfect cheers
    Hyundai Santa fe 61reg

  2. Thanks and thanks again,great instructions and pics,I bought a bojo tool and followed your instructions to a T to fit my new DVD head unit in a Santa fe 61 reg.

  3. Brilliant guide. I just installed a new DVD/Satnav in my Santa Fe following your instructions. The installation went flawlessly. Good job I had invested in some Bojo tools as suggested.

    Think I’ll fit another in my Focus next.

    Many thanks, Ian

  4. Just to say, I followed your instructions to fit a new DVD/Satnav in my Santa Fe. Spot on, no problems whatsoever.

    I might just try the same on my Focus next!

    Many thanks, Ian

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