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New Sony radio stops working after one year

1997 grand cherokee: Sony radio installed by circuit city. worked for last year. Went out recently. Pulled dash apart, appeared yellow wire had a surge. depending on how harness was arranged radio would/would not work. Rewired hard style. No power to radio? Short?

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  • bassman89 Feb 09, 2009


    Added harness to connect to stock wire clips from original radio. Hard wired them to wires on radio harness. Has to be something in jeep because I took same radio and same harness and put the radio in my 96 grand cherokee. Working like a champ. Is there anyway to check the ground on 97 Jeep or the hot? How do I know if the power source is good? Thanks for your help

  • bassman89 Feb 12, 2009

    thanks, I'll give it a shot

  • Jesse Hickman
    Jesse Hickman Apr 27, 2014

    Nope it's just Sony lol sorry had to say it, yea it prolly is a short


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By "hard style" you mean that you ran a direct hot wire to radio (from battery or other known good power source)? if that does not work, did you ground radio case? If it does not work that way, either there is a problem where the radio's harness enters the unit, or there is a loose connection inside it!

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  • Richard Scordino Feb 09, 2009

    I generally re-ground the entire vehicle using at least 12ga wire starting at the battery, to firewall around to opposite fender and engine block. I also add a leg to starter and through firewall to metal frame of dash.Both power and grounds can be checked with a volt meter. for a new hot lead, I would run a wire to an open port on fuse block that is only on when key is on. For power to clock part of radio, run to a port that is always hot.Use in'line fuses in both.


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