First post. Help!
Got a used hard top for my '99 last year. Finally got the wiring harness for it recently. Put it in over the weekend. It doesn't work!
Well, it's a little more complicated. It mostly doesn't work. However, weird stuff has happened.
First off -- I am an audio engineer by trade, and a fairly anal person, so I'm pretty certain I did a good job with the details of what goes where, soldering, shrink tubing, etc. Though, the instructions were a little funky in places. Now, the weird stuff...
1) When I hooked the battery back up following the install, the CD player started playing. With no key in the ignition!
2) While the CD player was playing, I pushed the rear wiper button and the speakers turned off. NOTE: the CD player kept playing; just no sound coming from the speakers.
3) Thinking it was a freak coincidence that the speakers went out right as I pushed the wiper switch, I pulled the CD player/radio out of the dash to start trouble-shooting the wiring to the speakers. I disconnected the CD player/radio's multi-pin connector from the back of the unit, checked the fuse that was back there (it was good), then plugged it back in. The CD started playing through the speakers again. AND -- the rear wiper started going!
(At some point I had put the key into the ignition to power the CD player. Despite the fact that it worked with no key at first. Not sure when I put the key in. Could've been during 3), above, or during 4), below.)
4) I was able to start/stop the wiper a couple times via the switch. But then at some point, the speakers stopped working again and the rear wiper stopped moving. I was not able to recreate the conditions to get either the speakers or the rear wiper working again. Never got to check the rear defrost, but the little light in the switch has not ever come on. Remember -- the CD Player/radio never loses power (with the key on), even when the speakers are inexplicably not able to make sound.
There's one spot in the instructions where they talked about an orange/white wire and what I had was an orange wire. Not sure if that's relevant. There's another spot in the instructions where an addendum says that one of the illustrations is not clear, but then doesn't really clarify very well, though I think I did the only thing that made sense (it involved sticking two harness wires with lugs into the back of an existing connector). Again, not sure if this is relevant. I also have a leftover part from the kit which looks like this:
It has a '40' and a smaller '32V' molded into the clear plastic window. Fancy fuse? Not addressed in the instructions (not in the parts list nor in the step-by-step). Relevant? I don't know.
I've checked the fuses; they all are good. Also, I do hear the relay clicking on and off when pushing the rear defrost button.
I am not at all crazy about the idea of chasing this down on my own. We all know how much of a PITA it is working up under the dashboard (upside-down with no room to even get your hands into play). Next stop is a Jeep shop or dealer, unless...
Any insights would be most welcome. Thank you in advance for your help.