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Wiring diagram 1996 ford explorer premium sound radio f57f-19b165-ag

Please help me get my stereo installed, I need the color codes for 1996 explorer 2dr i am at my wits end. system has two factory plugs one is single tier 8 wire 2nd plug two tier 16 wire

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  • Boricua6265i Nov 29, 2008

    need wireing diagram on ford exp. 96

  • m1chael08 Feb 06, 2009

    i have a 1996 explorer eddie bauer and im trying to instal a cd player but i havent been able to find a wire harnis that fits both plugs please help

  • jack691956 Apr 07, 2009

    1996 ford explorer with clarion 6 cd changer. speaker wires color don't mach any wires on radio or cd changer. are speaker wires going to amp. where its the amp. or where are the speaker wires going to

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    i have a 1996 ford explorer with factory 6cd changer , and now i want to install a new cd player ,got it working but no sound from the speakers ,actually it has 2 plugs i got the power one correct but the one with speaker wires is messed up n not giving out sound from the speakers

    i have a sub installed too it gives out little bit of sound with the bass.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    number 1 plug gets hot and crackes

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    no sound with aftermarket stereo plug in factory stereo and speakers fine?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    TRYING TO HOOK UP NEW STEREO NEED TO KNOW WHAT EACH OF MY WIRES ARE IN THE EXPLORER

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1996 Ford Explorer Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram
Car Radio Constant 12v+ Wire: Green/Violet
Car Radio Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Light Green
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Light Blue/Red
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: Orange/Blue
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: Blue (If Equipped)
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Front Speakers Size: N/A
Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange
Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Gray/Light Blue
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Tan/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Red
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Pink
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    1996 eddie bauer colors do not match my wiring harness ?

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On the 1996 ford explorer there is a factory installed amp in the left rear quarter panel in which you have to bypass to get any sound from the speakers while using an aftermarket deck

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Installed new Blaupunct. Alpine. All looks ok. Reads am-fm, CD player shows tracks ok. No sound from any speakers

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Easiest and smartest way would be to get plugs from any sterio shop.these plugs wire to the radio and plug directly to the factory harness

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