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The illumination keeps dimming when i turn up the volume. And the fan in the back of the deck does not turn on. How do i get it to turn on?

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Sounds like you may have a bad connection in the wiring or a fuse that may be going bad. how many volts is your alternator putting out???????

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Which fuse is for the instrument panel back lighting?

Does the radio play ? Are any other back lighting components not lighting ? Does the HVAC control panel light up ? You probably need new radio !
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Where does p cont wire on a jvc deck hook up in my 92 civic

Car stereo wiring is pretty straight forward on most brands except a couple imports and Fords. I'm not sure what exactly you meen by P cont. but Honda follows the car wiring color codes exactly so here is the basics. Yellow is continuous power (this will keep some stereo functions working while the car is off, like the clock, memory etc.). Red is ignition power (this turns the main components in the deck on when you start the car). Black is always ground or negative. Orange is illumination (this will allow your deck to dim when you dim the interior lights). Blue is remote power or auxiliary power (this is what turns on an amplifier or other components when the stereo is turned on). Blue and white is power antenna on most vehicles (this will allow your antenna to come out and retract when the ignition is on or off, this functions similar to the auxilary power but may lack the amps to power certain components). the speaker wires are all the same white and grey for fronts and purple and green for rears both sets have pos. and neg. wires. If you can let me know exactly what you are trying to do then i can assist better but the easy way is always to buy the proper wiring harness. this makes the guess work simple espeacially in hondas. connect the colors on both sides together and plug it in to the deck. if you meant P cont. to be continuous power and are not using a wiring harness you can do one of two things. first and not recommended you can run a direct wire from your fuse box to the stereo. you can use the fuses in the fuse box to protect the stereo or you can install an in-line fuse or trust the fuse on the back of the deck (if it has one). just make sure it is the proper amp rating. OR (recommended) you can use a multimeter to find out which wire in the dash is hot when the ignition is off. make sure it is meant for the stereo and splice into the wire.

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Orange wire from car harness to stereo illumination where does it go????

This wire is for dimming of the display on your radio from your instrument panel in your vehicle. If your original wire harness in your vehicle does not have this wire, just tape it off and dont worry about it.

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Installed new CD deck in 07 Corolla, may have shorted something

first check the illumation fuse which to toyota its the panel fuse, check if it is blown. if not take the aftermarket wire harness u wired in with the radio harness and disconnect the orange wire (illumation wire) and see if u have lights again. sometimes the aftermarket orange wire won't work with toyota vehicles. good luck

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Speakers cut out when i turn up volume.

check your ground if its not grounded good your amp will power down!

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I didn't have to connect the illumination lead. If you have the battery wires(yellow) connected, the screen will light up pretty bright. When I connected the illumination wires(orange), I got the same dim screen light effect.

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I just installed a Clarion max385vd. When we turn the headlights on, the buttons and screen illumination on the head unit keep flashing from dim to bright. Everything else is working perfect.

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Orange = Illumination

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