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2008-2016 Chrysler Town & Country minivan

Upgrading the stereo system in your Town & Country
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2010 Chrysler Town & Country

In brief: This Crutchfield Research Garage article gives you an overview of your Town & Country's stock stereo system and your aftermarket upgrade options. Use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your minivan. 

Overview of the Chrysler Town & Country

The fifth-generation Chrysler Town & Country offers everything you’d want in a luxurious, family-friendly people mover. Chrysler basically invented the American minivan back in the Eighties, of course, but this edition showed that they weren’t content to rest on their laurels in the face of increased competition. With more space, more features and clever ideas like the Stow-N-Go rear seat, this Town & Country remains a solid choice for anyone who wants to haul kids and cargo in comfort.

In 2011, the Town & Country (along with its sibling, the Dodge Grand Caravan) received a mid-cycle update that included an extensive revamp of the interior and dashboard. The changes actually made it much easier to remove and replace a factory radio, and we’ve noted the differences below. All other installation instructions are identical to the 2008-2010 models. 

The Town & Country's radio

The Town & Country's media center (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Factory stereo system

The Town & Country’s base system was an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with four speakers. The next level of trim added speakers in the corner dash. The Premium Sound System adds a center channel speaker, rear pillar tweeters and rear side panel subwoofer, along with a main amplifier and dedicated subwoofer amp. Optional features, like navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, a rear-view camera, and rear seat DVD entertainment pumped up the Town & Country’s entertainment quotient.

As you might expect, the rear-seat entertainment system was a very popular option. The DVD player is separate from the radio, and is located in the lower dash. If your van is equipped with this entertainment system and you’re planning to install an aftermarket stereo, you’ll need to purchase a radio replacement adapter to power the DVD player.

Once everything’s hooked up, your passengers can watch a video while you enjoy music or use your aftermarket navigation system up front. Aftermarket DVD/nav receivers will not work with the factory fold-down screens so you’ll still need the above adapter to retain the factory DVD player.

If your minivan was not equipped with a factory entertainment system, you can always add an aftermarket system.

Detailed stereo and speaker removal instructions

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With step-by-step disassembly instructions and plenty of up-close, detailed photos, our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™ takes the guesswork out of removing the factory stereo and speakers. It's free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for just $9.99.

Replacing your factory radio

The degree of difficulty involved in the radio removal process depends on your Town & Country's model year.

Removing the factory radio (2008-10)

A wide variety of single-DIN units will fit neatly into the Town & Country’s dash with the aid of the mounting kit that’s discounted with your stereo purchase from Crutchfield.

If you’re planning to install a double-DIN receiver, be prepared for a bit more work. The culprit is a metal support bracket that gets in the way when you’re replacing the "premium" factory receiver. You’ll need to cut this bracket out using a hacksaw. If you’re extremely confident in your skills, proceed. If not, you might want to consult a car stereo installation professional.

Modifications for DD stereo

These four tabs need to be removed in order to fit a double-DIN stereo (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The 2008-10 Town & Country features a dash assembly that’s actually a series of interlocking pieces starting at the A-pillars. To remove the radio, you’ll need to pry those off, then gradually work your way through a series of trim panels until the radio is fully accessible. This takes time, but it’s not hard. Be sure to work slowly and carefully, though. You don’t want to mar the trim panels or snap off the plastic retaining clips, so, to borrow a line from one-time Chrysler endorser Frank Sinatra, take it "nice and easy" during this process

Once you’ve worked your way through the various panels and pieces, installing your new stereo is simply a matter of securing the receiver to the mounting bracket, connecting the wiring adapter to the stereo wires, and plugging that into the van’s wiring. The wiring adapter for the Town & Country is a special adapter that's needed so that the new stereo will work with the van's electronics, and Crutchfield offers it at a nice discount with the purchase of your new receiver.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, Torx T-30 driver, small flat blade screwdriver

chrysler torn and country radio kit

Here's what an aftermarket receiver looks like in a T&C. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the factory radio (2011-16)

A 2011 dashboard redesign made the process of removing a radio from a Chrysler Town & Country much, much easier. The painstaking process of removing multiple trim pieces with multiple tools was gone, replaced by a stereo removal process that can be summed up in two sentences:

1. Starting at either upper corner, pry out the receiver trim panel to release the clips and remove the trim panel.

2. Remove four Phillips screws securing the receiver to the dash, disconnect the harnesses and remove the receiver.

And that’s that. Your neighbor with the 2009 model will be green with envy. Well, until he sees that you’re installing a double-DIN receiver. Alas, the premium stereo-equipped 2011 models still have that same metal support in the dash, so you’ll still need to cut the brace away with a hacksaw. This can be difficult, so be prepared to consult a professional of you’re not comfortable doing the job. Or, you can always ask your neighbor.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

Steering wheel controls

It's relatively easy to retain the steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo in your Town & Country . When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with your new receiver.

Shop for car stereos that fit your Chrysler Town and Country

Replacing your factory speakers

Depending on the model, the Town & Country offered factory speakers in the front doors, the dash, the rear side panels, and the rear pillars.

Chrysler Town & Country front door speakers

The 6"x9" front speakers are easy to reach and easy to replace (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the front door speakers

The Town & Country's stock front speakers, regardless of trim level, are 6"x9" units. The base models are 4 Ohm, while the premium models are 2 Ohm. If you’re keeping the factory amp, you’ll need to use low-impedence replacements (from Infinity or JBL, for example), or you’ll notice a dramatic drop-off in sound.

A variety of 6"x9" speakers will fit into the factory openings, but some will necessitate a bit of modification due to cavity space issues. We generally recommend smaller speakers for this location, and a wide variety of 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers will fit using mounting brackets, which are included with your purchase.

Installation is relatively simple. You’ll need to remove the front door panel, of course, but the free instructions provided by Crutchfield help make this a straightforward process.

Tools needed: Panel tool, small flat blade screwdriver, Torx T-20 driver

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A look at the factory center dash speaker (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the dash speakers

Some Town & Country models are equipped with dash speakers – two corner speakers and, with the premium system, a center speaker. These speakers, which are wired in parallel with the door speakers, are nice to have and hard to replace. The corner dash openings are too shallow for most aftermarket 3-1/2" speakers. The center speaker has a 3-1/2" bolt pattern, but again, there’s isn’t enough space for an aftermarket speaker. Instead, this a great location to mount tweeters. You'll need to create a mounting bracket for them, and we offer a universal backstrap that we often recommend for just that.

Rear side panel speakers on a Chrysler Town & Country

Rear side panel speaker on a Chrysler Town & Country (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Removing the rear speakers

The Town & Country’s rear speakers are 6"x9" models located on the mid-rear side panels. They’re very easy to access and replace. Stock-size models fit right in, using the wiring harness that’s free with your speaker purchase.

You can also choose from a wide selection of 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers. The smaller speakers require mounting brackets, which are also included with your purchase.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

Removing the rear tweeters

A pair of rear pillar tweeters were included in the premium stereo package. They’re hard to reach and even harder to replace. A fair amount of trim must be removed to access the tweeter location, where you’ll find 2-1/2" tweeters clipped into the factory bracket. Assuming you can even find aftermarket units that fit, you’ll have to fabricate all-new brackets to hold them. Frankly, the benefits don’t warrant the effort, so we'd suggest leaving the tweeters right where they are.

Shop for speakers that fit your Chrysler Town and Country

Sound Ordnance B-8PT powered subwoofer

Powered subs like the Sound Ordnance B-8PT are great options for minivans.

Bass in your Town & Country

The Town & Country was designed to transport passengers and cargo in luxurious comfort. Huge aftermarket sub enclosures really weren’t factored into the equation. Thankfully, it’s still possible to add bass without losing the T&C’s everyday luxury and utility.

Powered subwoofers have long been favorites of minivan owners who want to add bass without losing much cargo space. These compact subs deliver a big, beefy low-end punch without taking up tons of room in the back of the van. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these subs sound great and fit in out-of-the-way places.

The 10-speaker premium sound system came with a factory-installed subwoofer and amp. An aftermarket 8" sub will fit nicely in the opening, which can be reached by removing the rear side panel. This isn’t a quick and easy job, but it’s not terribly difficult, either. You’ll have to re-drill the mounting screw holes to install your aftermarket subwoofer, but the new piece will fit under the factory grilles. 

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The factory subwoofer in the premium system (Crutchfield Research Photo)

If you do replace the 8" factory sub with an aftermarket model, we recommend that you also add an aftermarket amp. The factory amp, located behind the left rear quarter panel below the left rear speaker, served its purpose well, but if you’re investing in a better sub, you should give it all the power it needs.

To replace it, you’ll need to remove the two 10mm bolts securing the sub enclosure to the side wall, disconnect the harness and remove the enclosure. Next, you’ll loosen the three 10mm bolts securing the amp to the side wall, lift the amp, disconnect the harnesses and remove the amp.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, drill and a 1/8" bit

Other options for your Town & Country

There are plenty of other ways to improve your Town & Country. Here are a few good ideas:

WeatherTech floor mat

These WeatherTech floor mats will probably outlast your Town & Country.

Floor mats

If you’ve ever owned a minivan of any kind, you don’t need us to remind you of what can happen when you hit the road carrying any combination of adults, kids, pets, and food. Floor mats and cargo mats from WeatherTech will help protect your floors from dirt, damage and discarded juice boxes. As for the seats, door panels, roof and everywhere else a scoop of ice cream can possibly land, we recommend WeatherTech’s TechCare car care products.

Factory sound processor

If you don’t want to replace your factory radio, a sound processor is a great way to improve your Town & Country’s system performance. The factory stereo is programmed to make the inferior factory speakers sound their best, which often means dialing back the bass output as you increase the volume. This can make new speakers under-perform and sound weak. A sound processor will strip out that sound shaping and give you a clean, flat signal to send to your aftermarket speakers and amps. Read more about factory sound processors.

Security systems

Installing a security system in your Town & Country isn't easy (security systems rarely are), but it's definitely a good idea. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help figure out what you need to get the job done, but we usually recommend taking your car and new gear to a professional installer.

Shop for car security systems for your Chrysler Town and Country

Find the audio gear that fits your car or truck

Visit our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information to see stereos, speakers, subs, and other audio accessories that will work in your vehicle.

Please share your thoughts below.

  • chris from new Colubmia

    Posted on 9/9/2020

    I have a town and country 2015 that has a DVD screen in the back. If replace the head unit, will this still work? Is there a head unit the does support it. I would like to replace it with unit the has android auto and carplay.

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 9/9/2020

    Chris, We can help with that. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.
  • Priit from Keila

    Posted on 8/28/2020

    Hello. In the article you write "Most 6"x9" speakers won't fit into the factory openings because of space restrictions (unless you're willing to do some cutting), so we generally recommend smaller speakers for this location." What are the space restrictions exactly? Depth or something else getting into the way as well? My second question is about the mouting bracket for 5-1/4" or 6-1/2". I'm not that informed about speaker sizes/standards but the bracket has one big hole. How can it fit both size speakers? Or those speakers have the same mounting holes but for one the driver is just smaller? Thanks!

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 8/31/2020

    Priit, That situation is better now that it was when the article was written, so we'll make some updates. Thanks! In the meantime, Wwen you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see all the speakers that fit your van. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/2/2019

    Richard, According to our tech experts, you'll need to test the current draw to see what's killing the battery.

    To test current drain, remove the negative side of the battery (with the key turned off) and insert a multimeter in-between the negative battery cable and the negative post on the battery. The meter should be set for reading current, on some meters this will mean moving one of the test leads into a different location.

    • 0-15 mA (0.000-0.015A) - This would be a normal reading
    • 16-24 mA (0.016-0.024A) - This reading is a little outside of normal, but it is not excessive
    • Over 25 mA (0.025A) - This is beyond what is considered normal

    If your reading is outside of the normal range, then one of the electrical components in the vehicle is the reason the battery keeps dying. To try and isolate which electrical component is the culprit, you'll want to start with the vehicles fuse box. Start pulling fuses and inserting the meter in the circuit until you narrow down which circuit and component is responsible for the current drain.

    If you feel like it is more likely to be an aftermarket component that is the problem, you can go straight to that device and either unhook it from power or test its fuse specifically.

    Hope this helps!

  • Richard Buteyn from Brandon, WI

    Posted on 12/1/2019

    Dear crutchfield staff, We have a 2009 Town and Country which we love but recently the radio started to periodically cut out and then out of the blue would start working again. About 3 weeks later, out of the blue we had a dead battery. We replaced the battery and thought the problem would be fixed, but after about a week, had another dead battery, so we replaced the altenator and thought the problem was fixed, and three days later . . . a dead battery again. We hope you can help , (our local garage was not able to) and guide us to find the simplest way to determine if the radio is draining the battery when the vehicle is shut off?

  • Sandeep Sawant from San Ramon

    Posted on 11/24/2019

    Need to replace the top double din Radio/CD system for my 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Touring Ltd which has no Factory subwoofers in the trunk, not completely sure whether the van has has Dash speaker. Steering does has volume control. Have purchased JVC KW-V840BT system without doing my homework. My question is would this system work with my Van if yes what harness do i need to buy and how easy is to replace the harness/adapter. Is there any link to it.

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 11/25/2019

    Sandeep, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.
  • J

    Posted on 11/3/2019

    My 2014 town and country was perfect with all the sound systems turned down to -9 but now it seems to have turned itself up to be very bass-y. Any ideas how to turn it back to the way it was? I have the premium sound system.

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 11/4/2019

    J, Not sure what happened with your stock system, but either your settings got changed or something isn't working properly. You should be able to find system tuning tips in your owners' manual (or maybe in an online owners' forum) so that might help. If it doesn't, give us a call and we'll talk about your aftermarket upgrade options. Good luck!
  • Tabitha Deutsch from Jeffersonville

    Posted on 9/9/2019

    My 2010 T&C has the headliner with 3 storage compartments, and I want to replace it with one that has the screen's to play DVDs, are the wires already ran for the screens, or do i need to have them ran?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 9/10/2019

    Tabitha, This isn't as close to a "plug and play" installation as you might think, but we can help you find a solution. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.
  • Ben Blauvelt from Kalona

    Posted on 6/19/2019

    In the 6 speaker configuration, how are the dash and door speakers wired from the factory in series or parallel?

    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 6/19/2019

    Ben, They're wired in parallel.
  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/5/2018

    Paul, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Paul from Richmond, VA

    Posted on 4/4/2018

    I would like to add a new radio with carplay and a backup camera to a 2010 Town and Country. Is this possible?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2017

    Richard, When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Richard L Mccurry from Kankakee

    Posted on 7/19/2017

    Is there a head unit that keeps the rear ves in a 2014 Town and country?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/15/2016

    Todd, You sure can, but you'll need the right receiver/adapter combo. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, plus the correct adapter. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Todd from Spotsylvania

    Posted on 11/14/2016

    Can I retain the backup camera in my 2008 T&C when I switch to an aftermarket head unit?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/7/2016

    Matt, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Matt from Tryon, NC

    Posted on 11/4/2016

    I'd like to use the Pioneer AVH-280BT in my Town and Country and retain the factory backup camera. Will the factory camera work with that unit?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/8/2016

    Joachim, The job isn't hard and today's receivers are very reliable. I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Joachim Otto Loew from Plymouth, IN

    Posted on 8/8/2016

    I purchased a 2016 and T&C and want to see if Ican install a GPS System. It came with the u-connect Radio ad the Flip Screen to the CD Drive. What would I need and how easy and reliable is it?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2016

    Gustav, Check out our How to install a powered subwoofer video to learn more. And if you bought your sub at Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you bought it elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Gustav from San Antonio

    Posted on 8/2/2016

    I'm trying to install a kicker powered sub to my 2008 town and country I have the power and ground but how do I tap into the sound

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/16/2016

    Anthony, I've sent your question to our sales team for the best answer, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Anthony Caduto from Oak Creek

    Posted on 5/13/2016

    What's a good head unit that can retain rear ves system using the maestro idatalink? And play mp4 video to the rear ves?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/7/2016

    Ryan, The main amp is located behind the subwoofer enclosure and has an "Infinity" logo. The sub amp is located forward of the subwoofer enclosure, but it's logo-free. 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.

  • Ryan from West Islip

    Posted on 3/6/2016

    That's not an amp it a power inverter. Ripped my car apart to find this out