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I have a new aftermarket deck but when I hook it up and all wires are hooked up correctly but my deck is not lighting up.My dimmer and illumination isnt hooked up and also my inside lights arent coming on in the car unless I open the door.Help anyone!Thanks

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Make sure the remote wire which is usually blue with a white stripe is hooked up correctly and if you have a newer vehicle make sure you have to correct wiring harness

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