5 years ago, our family got the first car – a 2008 Honda Civic (LHD). Since then, we spent lots of wonderful time with the car, for picnics, for road trips, for campings etc. As we are still unable to afford the second brand new car now, we hope this car would last at least seven years. Apart from maintaining the car regularly, we also upgraded some parts to improve entertainment and safety as my family love self-driving trips.
Actually, my wife complained many times that the factory radio was too old to play, its functions are so simple and can’t meet our needs. She really hopes there would be a large size touchscreen and multifunctional car stereo, because with the big screen, she can use the navigation to drive easier as she hates to look at the navigation on the small phone screen. So last month, we determined to replace the factory radio.
After doing some researches, we finally purchased a Seicane car navigation stereo system for our car, and installed it by ourselves. Here you will get the steps to replace the factory radio.
Steps on installing the 2006-2011 Honda Civic (LHD) Seicane car stereo
Below picture is the original stereo of my car. This DIY replacement is not so difficult, prepare tools including plastic pry tool and screwdriver, and cut off the car power before working.
#1 Use the plastic pry tool to pry the small board under the radio system, and remove the two eight millimeter bolts of the plastic trim.
#2 Carefully pull out the panel under the steering wheel.
#3 Remove the screws that fixed the whole top panel, then pull out the whole top panel and unplug its connector.
#4 Pull out the original radio unit and unplug all the connectors.
#5 Check the cable accessories of the new Seicane car radio GPS system.
#6 Remove the HVAC control board, air outlet and related accessories of the old radio panel, and install them to the new car navigation radio.
#7 Remove these white and black small chips of the original head unit, then install them on the new radio unit.
#8 Correspondingly connect cables between new car radio navigation system and the car.
#9 Turn on the car to test whether the new car radio unit functions normally.
#10 If there is no problem, fix the new radio in the dashboard, and install all the panel accessories in their original positions.
Introduction of Seicane car radio navigation system
This for 2006-2011 Honda Civic (LHD) Seicane car radio includes plenty of features and functions.
It’s made of the 10.1 inch IPS touchscreen that not only provides large viewing angle but won’t cause light reflecting and watermarks when operating. The IPS screen also comes with characteristics of smooth touch and fast response, as well as looking exquisite. What’s more, with navigation information showed on this large display, my wife never gets lost.
Considering my wife often has difficulties in parking and reversing, I added a wireless backup camera to this unit. Hence when reversing, the unit will automatically switch to rear view images, then my wife would park the car easier.
We know that road trips are excited, but actually get tired easily during a long drive, in this situation, the Seicane car radio system allows us to enjoy various beautiful music and interesting videos. Since it supports Carplay, then we can freely use the smartphone applications on its big display too, keeping us in good mood!