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After installing a aftermarket stereo. I turn the lights on and the dash light fuse keeps blowing!! ive checked the wires and everything is done the way its spose to

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You have the car illumination wire hooked into the radio it will show as a ground when lights not on but power with lights on this is why fuse is blowing

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