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I have a broken rca lead and dont want to pull the whole lead out of my car to fix it, i am putting some new ends on it but dont know how to tell which colours are earth

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Depends which kind of RCA's you have.....Most likly you have sheilded where there is a center wire and then strands of wire wrapped around the outside of the insulation of the inner wire. That outer wire is the "Ground" the inner wire would be you right and left signals. Good luck.
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