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New Kenwood Cd Player won't work

I own a 98 Chevy Cavalier 2 Door Coupe. I baught Pioneer speakers which i installed about a week ago. They work perfectly fine. I then baught a Kenwood CD player which i installed yesterday. I did every thing fine, connected all the wires to the right colors everything. (My brother has done it before so it was done right) We checked if it worked first before we inserted it into the metal thing that goes around it and clipped it in place. It turned on fine, but maxed out with the volume at 20 and turned off. When we turned the volume back down it turned back on. I covered all the wires with electrical tape. So i tried putting it in and when i was (can't remember if car was on or not) a spark happened, but it wasn't ANY of the wires. This is hard to explain, but just the metal that goes around the cd player and the metal piece that goes around that sparked, absolutely no wires. After that, i got it all into place and tried turning it on, and it wouldn't turn on and still won't. I checked everything and all the wires are still together and all the fuses (in car and in player) still were good. My brother thinks it's just that my battery (325) can't handle it. But, why did it turn on in the beginning if that was the case and whats the odds that after the spark happended it stopped working? I really need help because i love my music and was so depressed. Is it somehow broken from a spark malfunction or what. Please let me know what you think. I'm also gonna go back to best buy and ask what they think but i have to work today and tomorrow and cant get there =[. Thanks

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Hello! Even though you believe the wiring is not the problem...The wiring, more times than not, is the problem...When you first turned the unit on the volume maxed out at 20...I believe you have a wiring error in the ground portion of circuit...

Here is the wiring for your vehicle...

Illumination = Gray
Constant +12= Orange/Black....Memory lead
Switched +12= Yellow...Power-on via ignition
Ground= Black...Outside metal case of CD
Must read zero ohms to
chassis and negative batt.
terminal of vehicle when
Check your connections with a voltmeter...


FR+ = Dark Green
FR- = Light Green
FL+ = Tan
FL- = Gray
RR+ = Dark Blue
RR- = Light Blue
RL+ = Brown
RL- = Yellow

The spark means that +12 volts was tied to the case of the unit and when the case touched chassis ground it caused the spark...Lets make sure you have checked all the fuses..I'll give them to you in a minute...

With the unit set on the carpet... Place one lead of an ohm meter on the case of the unit and the other lead on the vehicle' chassis...You should read a dead short which proves that the case of the unit
(via wiring ) is connected to proper ground...I would bet that it is not...Here are the fuses...
Radio fuse= 10A...This powers the Yellow ignition lead...But it also has an in-line fuse that carries +12 volts to the steering wheel controls
(if equipped)...Last fuse is the Int lamp fuse 10A which powers the Orange/Black constant +12 lead...

Wire as given...provided that the unit is unharmed...
your tunes should return...Let me know how you make out.....


Posted on May 27, 2010


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