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Amplifier turns on but not the subwoofer?

I have a dual 12" subwoofer with amp. i hooked up the power cable to the positve battery terminal and the amp turns on fine but my subwoofer doesnt do anything i have the wires from the amp to the subwoofer connected and the ground wire mounted from amp. I also tapped a wire that i think was the wire that turns on the sub but not sure. I was wondering if anyone knows which wire it is from the original stereo system in a 1999 buick regal non super charged? and do i need a ground mount connected to the negative battery terminal? Need answers please.

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Hello thedj3214,

You can find the color codes for a 1999 Buick Regal here. There is no dedicated amp remote wire. Neither is there a power antenna wire.

You could use the 12V "switched lead (yellow) from the radio or any switched 12V lead directly from the vehicle fuse box. I'd wire it through a dash mounted toggle switch so as to be able to turn the amp on and off manually.

The Sony 2150GSX is a 2-channel amp with the speaker terminals on either side. You do not want to ground the subwoofer itself, only the ground terminal should be connected to bare metal on the vehicle chassis or body as close to the amp as possible. The ground wire does not need to be run to the negative battery terminal.

A ground on one of the speaker leads will probably cause the amp not to power up. A ground on a speaker wire usually activates the amps protection circuit, causing it to not operate until the fault is corrected.

Hope this helps.

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