I have an '02 cavalier and am trying to put a new cd player in it. I was told that I have to spend at least 100$ on a wiring harness for it. I was wondering if there is a way around this without losing all my sensor lights and airbags.
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Re: 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier wiring harness for radio
Absolutely not true. when you take your stock radio out of your vehicle there are clips in it and when u take the clips out and the antenna the radio is free when you buy an aftermarket radio from best buy or wherever it will come with a harness for that specific radio now wherever you buy the radio from they probably have a selection of wiring harness for specific makes and models you just buy that and when u take it to the clips installed in the cavalier it will just snap in then the wires on the radio harness will be color coded to the ones on your new harness good luck!
ps i recommend walmart to buy the harness its about $10 there..
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Have some one do this for you. You are cutting into computer/data wires. You could easily burn a computer/s up. Or you could put the original plugs back on and buy a aftermarket wiring harness for it. $20 for the harness is way better than $300 for a computer and programming.
You have to work on the harness from under the car. There's a big connector with many wire going into it routing under the battery box. There's no way to get at it from the top. To repair it you have to very carefully remove the taping from the wire bundle to gain access to the wires. The bad wires will have turned green from corosion. This harness is a bad design, run off from the battery does a number on the wires. Typically the first sign of failure is when the head lamps stop working. The best way to repair it is to solider new wire in place extending the harnesses length so you can route it away from under the battery box.
You will have to remove the dash cover to gain access to that bezel piece. That bezel actually extends around the instrument cluster and and radio area, all one piece. The dash cover is held on by a series of torx screws located under the top defrost vent, side access panels (when you open the car doors, there is a panel on each side). In the glove box area and there are two 10 mm bolts that are tucked up under in the glove box area but accessible. After you remove the dash cover, you can remove the torx screws that hold the bezel in place. On the bezel down by the radio, there are spring clips that hold that part of the bezel. Remember when replacing the stock OEM radio, you will need to buy a mounting hardware kit, wiring harness kit and antenna kit for the Cavalier that will work with your new cd player.
ARE YOU AWARE THEY MAKE A VERY INEXPENSIVE ADAPTER HARNESS THAT HOOKS UP TO THE FACTORY HARNESS, NO WIRE CUTING,CAR AUDIO SHOP CAN GET THE ONE U NEED, ABOUT $12. HERE IS THE WIRING COLOR BREAKDOWN OF THE DASH HARNESS. 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram
Car Radio Constant 12v+ Wire: Orange Car Radio Switched 12v+ Wire: Ignition Switch (The radio harness does not provide a switched power source. Run a wire from the Ignition Switch.) Car Radio Ground Wire: Black Car Radio Illumination Wire: Gray Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: Pink Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A Front Speakers Size: N/A Front Speakers Location: N/A Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green Rear Speakers Size: N/A Rear Speakers Location: N/A Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Dark Blue Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue
it's at the rear of the car on the passenger side -- many FM broadcasters are very low power, but even so the Cavalier is a small car and shouldn't have any problems, I have one that is used in a '02 Sebring with no issues -- if you have problems with reception of normal broadcast radio, the problem may be with a connection (either at the antenna or back of the radio) also ensure that the radio is on the same frequency as is being broadcast.