Installation of a CD Changer
in a 97-98 Mark VIII
the CD changer in a 1997 or 1998 Mark VIII is easy. The
only special tools you need are the one to remove the
cassette radio head T87P-19061-A and a large Torx bit to
remove the seat belt attachment. You can order the CD
changer kit F7FF-18C829-AA from your Lincoln Mercury
parts counter. You will also need the P100 Harness
If you don’t have
radio removal tool T87P-19061-A, make it yourself out of
a heavy gauge coat hanger. Cut the coat hanger into two
pieces that are seven inches long. Bend them into a U
shape, so that the each can plug into the set of holes
in each end of the radio cassette head unit.
the battery ground cable.
glove box door.
right front seatbelt shoulder attachment with a Torx
right sill trim along the edge of the carpet. It
pops right out.
right kick panel, by pulling it back toward the rear
of the car.
bottom of the rear seat, by pushing it in and up.
two bolts holding down the back portion of the rear
seat, and then lift the back up and out.
cassette radio out of the dash using the radio
removal tool you bought or made. Plug the tool into
the holes, then push each laterally, hold and pull
two plugs on the back of the radio, and plug them
into the new harness. They can only go in one way.
Plug in the
two plugs that look like the original two plugs you
unplugged into the back of the radio.
remaining long wire of the new harness along the
back of the glove compartment, along the right door
sill and finally through where the back seat was
into the trunk.
mounting place for the CD player. It comes with
brackets to mount it into the floor. I chose not to
permanently mount it. I used some large Velcro hook
strips that I attached to the bottom of the CD
player. This holds the CD player to the carpet well.
It never shifts, yet can easily be repositioned or
removed. Incidentally, I use this Velcro to keep my
toolbox and plastic bucket of car items from sliding
back and forth in the trunk.
Plug in the
harness into the CD player. Push back the radio into
seats, trim and seat belt attachment.
reassembly easier than disassembly. Today’s cars are
designed to be rapidly put together by the workers in
You’re done! Enjoy the music.