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Radio does not come on

I am trying to install a Pioneer radio in my 1999 ford taurus. It is not a new radio, i took it out of my old car. I am not sure i have all the wires right but i know that the acc, battery and memory are connected right (because there is continuity) but the radio will not come on. How do i even make sue that the radio is not faulty?
btw, i am not sure that the product i selected is the right one but it is a pioneer cd player.

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  • omobtomtom Feb 20, 2009

    Thanks a lot. I had checked the fuses and checked the wires you mentioned and there was 12V to the wire. But before i toss the radio, is there a way to be really sure that it is bad?
    Also, i read somewhere that you had to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery before trying to hook a radio up. i didn't do this, does this mess anything up?

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There are a few things you may need to check:

1.Make sure you have 12v to the yellow wire on the harness with a good ground at the black wire, and the red wire should be your ignition switched acc wire.

2.Make sure your fuse under the radios wire harness connector is good.

If all of that is in order hook it up, turn the key on and hit the on/off button on the cd player, most aftermarket radios require you to manually turn them on the first time, and anytime the battery is disconnected. If is still doesn't work the unit is more than likely bad.

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  • Randy McCall Feb 22, 2009

    Most of the time they recommend you disconnect the negative battery terminal, but i never do it is mostly a "CYA" thing. if you were to cut a positive wire with your tool grounded there is a possibility for damage in the vehicle that's the main reason for disconnecting it.

    If you wanted to bench test the unit outside the vehicle you could twist the yellow and red wire together and connect to the positive side of a battery and then ground the black lead and see if the radio will turn on. For this test you can usually use a 9v battery such as a smoke alarm battery if you dont have a car battery laying around. If you do this test and it does turn on dont leave it on for very long or you run the risk of damaging the audio output transistors. but a few seconds to see if it turns on will do no harm.

    If the radio passes the bench test then you have a wiring problem to trace and probably on your grounded side in the vehicle.


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