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I have a pioneer deh 1200mp car stero. I installed it in my 98 dodge van. I'm pretty sure i fried the unit because i saw smoke come from the circuit board. i did attach the wiring harness to the existing harness. it seems the wiring colors were different from the info that i had. Before the unit smoked i was able to turn it on and it seemed to play from the right front speaker only. Thats when i attempted to rewire it and the smoke happened. I will purchase another unit just like it but. i need to know exactly how to proceed and how to avoid another melt down! please advise!! thanks in advance

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Hello,

the smoke was as a result to wrong power connection, that is, connecting a positive position to a negative position. That's what cause the smoke.

Wrong connection based on RCA connection couldn't have caused the problem. It has to do with the power coming from the battery, maybe there was a bridge or wrong connection.

I would advice that you take the stereo to repairer and if fixing is very expensive, you can then go for a new one. Don't be intimidated by the smoke, it might be a small fault. Maybe a capacitor was the one that got burnt.

So, check all your wires and make sure there is no bridge or bad wire, and make the connection coming from the battery is okay and that would be all.

Good luck.

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  • chaspick Jul 09, 2010

    Thanks for responding1 You are saying the smoke could have been from capacitor. So you think the unit is ok? Or there is a chance it could be rewired? i did try rewiring and i ran a positive wire to positive post on the battery and same with negitive. I wasn't sure about the wire to the ignition. i didn't know if it could be tied in to it. When i re wired i didn't use any of the factory wiring for fear of more smoke.

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