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Car stereo wiring do it yourself. bare wires and fuses.

When installing a car stereo, always i repeat always tape up or put a connector on any and all wires. even if they are not used. you dont want any bare or naked wires flopping around. some of the wires may control the illumination or dash lights. you could mess up alot of stuff. also, make sure the right size fuse is used in your fuse box. if the fuse is supposed to be a 10 amp, put a 10 amp fuse in it. ive seen people use a larger amp fuse or take wire or tin foil and wrap it around a fuse to make it good again. this is one of the worst ideas to have. this could potentially burn down your vehicle. also, if you have an amplifier, or aftermarket fog lights, or anything extra on your battery. make sure you have it fused with the right amp rating fuse. failure to do so will most likely burn the wire, wiring harness, burn your vehicle.... bad idea. always use the right fuse.

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hi people, so i want to install a aftermarket stereo in my 83 caddy sedan deville but i dont get the wires can somebody tell me do i need to use all the wires that the caddy has to put a after market stereo because theres a lot of wires of different colors


Hi, please check to see if your colors match the ones below. If yes, then connect them to the aftermarket colors shown next. Assuming your factory installation has only four speakers, there should not be a lot of wires left over.

1983 Cadillac De Ville Stereo Wiring, aftermarket stereo wire

Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Orange, yellow
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow, red
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black, black
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Gray (tape off), none
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Brown (tape off), none
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: Pink, blue
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan, white
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray, white/black
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green, gray
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green, gray/black
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown, green
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow, green/black
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Dark Blue, purple
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue, purple/black

Jun 25, 2011 | Car Audio & Video

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My dash lights don't work.


this got easy after a while 2 ways, i had friends who would not take the time to spend 8dollars to buy a harness connector for a new cd player and would splice everything together like takeing the red and yellow wires and connecting them all together as one. this drains ur battery unless ur cd player can completly power down by the power button not all do... but keep this in mind on GM cars the 2 wires of the same wires like purple the one with a black stripe is ground they go together stripe on stripe also there is 2 extra wires one is ORANGE and BROWN u dont need these dont even mess with them even if u have a connector block them off THESE TWO COLORS IS FOR FACTORY STEREO IF SO THESE WIRES CAN AND WILL MAKE IT SO U DONT HAVE DASH LIGHTS so always buy a connector ond dont mess with these wires block them off and dont ground them out.

Jan 12, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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dont know how to insall it !!!


Purchase the aftermarket wire harness at from a local installation shop. WIres will match color for color to this harness then mate to the factory connector. This could save hours attempting to figure out the factory wire harness.

Nov 11, 2008 | Pioneer DEH-2800MP CD Player

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got a new deh-6000ub and wire harness for honda accord dont know how to install the harness


You need an installation harness. You can get them at most anyplace that installs car stereos. Once you have the installation harness for your car, you just match up the colros of the wires on it to the same colors of the harness for the Pioneer. Make sure that each wire is insulated from anything by using some electrical tape and make sure they all have good connections. Strip away close to about an inch on each wire and then twist them together and then tape them good. After all the wires have been connected, all you need to do is plug the Pioneer harness into the Pioneer radio and then plug the installation harness into the factory wire harnees connector in the car. If you have any wires that do not match up in color, you can normally leave then not connected to anything, but make sure they are insulalted with electrical tape. Most all the wires should say what they are for. Matching the colors is the easiest way to do this.
Let me know if you need more help. I can always give you a detailed wiring of the Pioneer. I do not have the wiring diagrams for the car though.

Jul 20, 2008 | Pioneer Car Audio & Video

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