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Installed a new radio in my 1996 mercury cougar but for the life of me cant get the power antenna to go up.

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Was this a factory radio? did the antenna work before the install? make sure the power antenna has power when the radio is turned on, go to the radio connector and when u turn the radio on two of the wires in the connector to the radio should light up a test light, one will be the antenna and the other the auxilary amplifier (is equipped), here are the wire colors I do know, just eliminate them and what is left will be the antenna trigger wire..

1996 Mercury Cougar Car Radio Wire Diagram
Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Black/Orange
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Light Green
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Light Green
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: Dark Blue
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: Tray under package self in trunk
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 5′ x 7′
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Doors
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 5′ x 7′
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Side Panels
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Light Green
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Tan/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Light Blue
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Pink

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