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1986 Thunderbird, cd player keeps cutting off. Is this power problem?

I have a 1986 Thunderbird. About a year ago, I went to a local car stereo business that installed a cd player into my car (Clarion cd player, basic speakers). My problem all along is that the radio keeps being shut off when playing past a certain volume. I adjusted several things with the cd player settings that seemed to help at first. HOWEVER, if my headlights, heater and cd player are all going at the same time, it tends to shut off the cd player and restart it (usually when I'm braking or stopped). Does this sound like a power problem (like I need a stronger alternator?) or is this a wiring problem within the cd player installation? Thanks

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No that sounds like the player is just old and most likely needs the tiny drive belts replaced.

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2009 Ford Ranger Car Stereo Installation Guide
Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Violet/Red
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: White/Red
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Yellow
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Blue/White
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Green/Red
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
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Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): White/Brown
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Violet
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): White/Orange
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
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Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Orange
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check all conections to the head unit and make sure there in the ryt place n lso check the wires at the other end at the speeker jus seemsly a loose conection sumwere to me

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