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I hooked up my cd player to my 86 cutlass. now my lights wont come on. ive looked up under my dash at my fuse box and none of them are blown. what else could be the problem?

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Is the dimmer switch for the interior lights plugged in all the way???

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Stereo wiring is actually really simple, the memory problem is probably down to an simple swapped wire, on a head unit there is a red and a yellow cable, one of which needa a permanent feed to keep your memory. As it is at the moment, if the cd player works with no key in the ignition then it seems as though these two have been swapped. If you dont need the cd player to run with they key out, simply swap these two wires. If you do want it to run with no key, then connect both red and yellow to the same feed, try it, if it doesn't work, conect both to the other feed.

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Chances are that it is a fuse that is sottping your rear lights from working, locate your fuse box. This may be in the glove box, below the steering wheel or under the bonnet near to your battery. Check in the lid for the fuse box for i diagram of which fuses do which tasks. Locate check and change if needed the one for your rear lights. If you can find no diagram, remove each fuse one by one to see which has blown and replace with one of the same rating.

I hope that this has been helpful, give yourself a couple of hours to do it and you could save yourself a chunck of cash. An auto electrician will charge you for diagnosing the fault, tracing the fault and repairing the fault. Could work out to be costly.

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did you check your fuses????? you should have a fuse box under the dash or kick panel and also another one under the hood in the engine compartment.

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Sounds like you have a constant feed going to the head unit, but the accessory wire on the head unit is not connected to an accessory 12v.
Are you using an aftermarket wiring harness or fishing through in-dash wires?

If you really want to check if there is a fuse blown, unhook your head unit and briefly touch the 12v accessory, 12v constant, and ground to the battery of your vehicle. If your head unit comes on, you have found your culprit of one of three wires.


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