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I have a 1997 ford EL waggon i wanted to install a aftermarket stereo to it. so i drilled out the old stereo and took the 2 harnesses and the ground wire (black) out and cut all the harnesses off to wire my aftermarket stereo and found out that my car didnt start i have no i dear whats went wrong ive looked at all the fuses and none are blown car still turns over but dosnt run at all and cant rewire the old stereo for the fact that ive cut the harnesses realy short so there showing no wires i dont care about the radio atm i just need the car to start because my dad is useing it at the moment for work and has nothing else to get him to and from work please help!!!

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  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    but how would cutting all the radio wires stop the car from starting it dosnt make sence

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    the model number for the stock stereo is fct014a2-a i looked at the 2 harnesses for a loop or if any connected together but none did i have my kenwood stereo if i connected that all up would my car start then?

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    i dont understand could u make it simpler thanks

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    i have a ford el 1997 i removed the stereo (model nummber FCT014A2-A) and removed two harnesses and the ground wire i think was seprete from them so all in all i removed 3 wires not included the attena i cut the harnesses off the 3 and now my car wont start it turns over but dosnt start i cant rewire the harneses back on because i have cut it to short could there be a immobilizer or somthing else dont care if radio dont work i just need the car to start ASAP thanks

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    would completely wiring my atermarket stereo to the car make the car start again or would i have to install the factory radio for it to start and how would i do what u sugested seeing as i live in daylesford and the closest is ballarat and the car wonbt start to get it there

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    ok but do think they would come out to by pass it or could they tell me over the phone a way to do it because i srsly have no way to get a car any way and my dad needs the car for work on tuesday so ive got 3 days to get the car to start or im dead would a ford dealer give me anouher harness for this make and model to wire it back to the car because stupid me cut the harness with abbsalutly no wire to work with

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    so a radio shop like JB and supercheap or autobarn???

  • vcalbryce Mar 12, 2011

    :( i dont know what to do my dad needs to drive that car 60k to and from work i hope what u said works thanks for the help if u get on to ya freind could u email me?

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The radio is connected to the security system, the system must reconize the ignition key,engine computer and the radio for vehicle to crank.I think the ford dealer can bypass this feature with there factory scan tool.You may also try calling your local radio shop , they may know a trick or have the quipement to take care of the issue.FYI, never cut a wiring harness when installing a radio.There are aftermarket pigtails to adapt almost any brand of radio to any kind of car.Make for a good connection and a neat job.If you must cut a wire it should be soldered together and heat shrinked.Never use but connectors or the the old swist technique,that will be a problem for another day and can be a fire hazzard.Good luck.

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    Donald Britton Mar 12, 2011

    No the security system will ne reconize the aftermarket radio, you will need to reinstall the factory radio or call a radio shop and see if they know a way around the security system.

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    Donald Britton Mar 12, 2011

    The radio shop may help you over the phone.I dont think ford will sevice the wiring harness on the back of radio, they will want to sell you a radio.Another option is to find a salvage yard radio and take the back off of it and unsolder the wires( will require some skill)and solder those wires onto your radio.The salvage yard radio will not work in your car because of a vin number mismatch.It has the vin from another car burned into its memory.

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    Donald Britton Mar 12, 2011

    Yes exactly , I tried calling a friend of mine that works at a place here and they are not open yet.

  • Donald Britton
    Donald Britton Mar 12, 2011

    sure give me your email address.

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It is not advisable to cut off the original harness but to keep the connectors intact while a coupling harness extender to connect external systems can be purchased. This will prevent the loop connections from being cut off and thus produce similar problems.
I suspect there is a ground connection break to the harness that needs to take the circuit back.
Please check with the cut off harness if there were wires that looped or connected together, if so have it reconnected. Also the black ground must be connected to ground if there is no negative on the wire as it might be the ground from the old set body mounting.
So please get back to where you started , check the cut wires or have it wired as original but have your stereo connected with slits on the power and ground wiring.

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    Donald DCruz Mar 12, 2011

    Some of the OE fitted sets have the line goingg back and it is possible in this case as the feedback goes back to the circuit. Check and see these on the old set that was removed.

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