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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

  • Nick from Port orchard, WA

    Posted on 1/22/2022

    My 2016 town and country, doesn't have the seperate DVD player, it's built into the main head unit(screen slides/folds out to reveal it.). Can I still upgrade my head unit and maintain usability of the rear flip down tv screen? Have 3 kids, so losing that screen isn't really a option, but I hate the stock head unit.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 1/23/2022

    Nick, 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.
  • Jay from San Diego

    Posted on 9/23/2021

    What about replacing the factory overhead dvd? I've replaced the strip 2x now and it just keeps failing. Would like to remove the factory one and replace it with a quality aftermarket

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 9/23/2021

    Jay, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Chuck Staudenmaier from Shenandoah

    Posted on 7/7/2021

    I have a 2016 Town & Country with the rear DVD system. I used your tool to configure the system with a Pioneer AVH 1550-NEX. Everything works except for the wireless headphones. Is there a way to make the UConnect headphones work, or are there aftermarket headphones that I can purchase?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 7/8/2021

    Chuck, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. The good news is that because you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system.
  • Tane from Wichita Falls

    Posted on 6/5/2021

    I am looking to upgrade my 2014 T&C Limited 430N HU with an aftermarket. On your receivers the double DINs all require the modify fit and it says I'll need to cut the support bracket or unbolt it. However this article only states cutting the support bracket. Do you provide instructions on unbolting instead of hacksawing it up? I rather unbolt it, in the case I ever need to reinstall the original factory HU.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 6/7/2021

    Tane, In this vehicle, you will need to cut out the rear support bracket to install a new double-DIN receiver. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it. When you buy the receiver at Crutchfield, you'll get free tech support for the life of the gear -- and that includes installation help, too!
  • Melissa from Winder

    Posted on 4/7/2021

    I have a 2011 Town and country Dodge Chrysler minivan it has the backup camera the DVD players with a DVD separate in the bottom and a loaded one on the top the radio itself just stopped working it comes on but just a blank screen..So I know there's power going to it I'm not looking to upgrade anything I just want my radio to work so that my navigation and my backup screens and my DVD player will work again and the grandbabies can watch their movies and I can listen to my radio where could I go to find the exact radio to replace the one that's in it at an affordable price

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 4/8/2021

    Melissa, Replacing the old factory radio with another "new" factory radio is possible, but it's not necessarily going to be easy or affordable. You can look for a nice used version online or talk to your local Dodge dealer. If you install an aftermarket stereo (which might be easier and more affordable, depending), you can purchase a radio replacement adapter to power the DVD player and keep the grandbabies happy. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Troy Klahn from Arcade

    Posted on 3/28/2021

    So the factory radio in my 2014 touring just decided not to work. The lights blink once in awhile but the screen and controls do not work. Can I just buy a radio from the same make and year and just swap them? Is it that easy?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 3/29/2021

    Troy, Maybe, but stock-for-stock swaps are rarely as (or as inexpensive) easy as they might seem. An aftermarket radio will give you better functionality and we can help you do the installation yourself. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your minivan, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Jim B Brannan from Corpus Christi

    Posted on 2/23/2021

    That looks stupid. It's like taking out a Mustang 289 and putting in a squirrel cage. Isn't there a 8" touch screen replacement type radio to at least give some of the qualities of the original media player.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 2/24/2021

    Jim, The photo I think you're referring to is just an example. Double-DIN receivers can work in that model, but it takes a little more work. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your minivan, plus the correct harness. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.
  • Digoy Kabatay from Quezon City

    Posted on 11/15/2020

    Hello. I recently replaced the front door speakers in our 2012 T&C (premium sound) with properly rated Infinity units, under the impression that the stock speakers had blown. The stocks started distorting and cutting out one day, until only very faint bass was coming out, so I replaced them following Crutchfield's very detailed instructions. I probably should have had the problem properly diagnosed, because I still have the exact same problem after installing the new speakers. Any thoughts? Is my head unit on its way out? And I'm not sure whether it's an illusion but the subwoofer doesn't seem to be as loud as it used to be, either. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 11/16/2020

    Digoy, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system.
  • 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.

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    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!

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    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.

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