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96' ford contour radio wiring

I have added the new stereo. but the switch wire doesnt work. i have to connect both switch and constant (+) together. but as most of you know, that causes the memory to be erased each time you shut it off. it has two grounds...(do i need to use them for different reasons?). i have everthing hooked correctly and it wont turn on, unless (like i said) cross both sets of + together. anyone know what im doing wrong?

this is a site i used: http://www.installdr.com/Harnesses/Ford-Wiring.pdf

But it still loses memory
THANKS

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  • andrew_796 May 29, 2009

    o ok i knew i could do that, i guess i didnt think of it tho, being frustrated with the original wire. thanks

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You can run the power lead to the one in the original harness, the one for the clock is low draw and can be attached to any accessory fuse in the fuseblock that is hot all the time but nothing that has anything to do with operating systems like computer etc. They supply two grounds so that everything is properly grounded. I usually extend one ground lead and attach it to a different ground source other than the dash.

Posted on May 28, 2009

  • Richard Scordino May 29, 2009

    No problem...rate my answer after it works...
    good luck!


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