My brother cut the wires to his 04 subaru forester climate control while installing his stereo. Cut too close to the connecter to splice. We can't seem to get the 20 pin connector open to rewire.
I can't find anything online about the parts or where he could get them, other than maybe trying to search a junkyard. I can't seem to find any wiring diagrams for the climate control. Is it easy to open the 20 pin connector? What harness would he need to replace if he goes that route?
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The easiest way is to go to any RV dealer, or most Autoparts stores and buy an adapter. They plug in to your existing wiring harness under rear of vehicle and then you simply plug your connector in to it from there. Saves trying to figure it all out and cutting or splicing into your existing wiring and possibly causing problems later.
I have a 04 jeep liberty my self and I put in my own stereo. First you
take the screw out under the climate controls. Then it's just a matter
of slowly but with pressure pulling the (in my case) chrome trim off
around the climate control, stereo and empty space where your screw is
located. Then the stereo mounted in presently will have a screw at each
of the four corners; remove those while holding the stereo in place.
Then just un hook your antenna and you're wiring harness from the back
and repeat process for the new head unit. For the new wiring harness
there may be some wires that need splicing and reconnecting to your new
YOU'LL HAVE TO EITHER CUT THE OPPOSITE END PLUG OFF AND SPLICE THE WIRES TOGETHER BY COLOR OR CONTACT A SALVAGE YARD TO GET THE PLUG END YOU ARE MISSING AND HAVE IT SPLICED BACK IN SO YOU CAN CONNECT THE PLUGS TOGETHER.
You could try a Salvage yard if you know what it looks like. Then I would think the Dealer may have a harness and experience with Ford radios. Radio Shack maybe, then last would be a Stereo shop but you need to know if they are a good installer. You would not want electrical problems after they work on it.
Look for a second power wire that needs to be hooked up. There is one wire that is switched (runs from the ignition) and another that is direct from the battery. You can test for this with a light or a meter. Typically the always hot wire will include an in-line fuse to prevent fires in the event of a short... Hope this helps...;-)
Check your fuse box for any blown or old fuses. Could be under the hood in your fuse box or under the dash inside the car. Check to see "visually" without the car running or power on, for any damaged wires or connections throught your climate control system. I dont know the history of your car but if any wires were cut by chance from someones negligence" installing a stereo or other accesories" may have led to this. Perhaps it could simply be the fan switch for the climate control or a relay switch gone bad.