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Old 08-21-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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After market stereo won't power on..

Hey fellow jeep enthusiast,

Ran into a bit of a problem today installing a aftermarket stereo in my '95 YJ. I cut the original wires from the existing stereo and then crimped them to the new stereo. Putting the respective colors where they should be. Then I went to fire it up and no bueno. I will have to admit the last stereo deck that was installed by the previous owner seemed a bit Jerry rigged but was still working.

Second facet to this puzzle is that I had the starter replaced last week, and when I picked the jeep the stereo and the cigerrette lighter wouldn't turn on. Before going to the shop they worked, but after they were both off. Could something have been knocked a jar or a fuse the casualty of the replaced starter...?

Any help and advice on this would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Old 08-21-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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I don't think a fuse would have anything to do with it... are you sure you have the wires hooked up correctly? Try to find a wiring diagram and make sure they are hooked up correctly.

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Old 08-22-2010, 01:10 AM   #3
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Odds are it was wired into the cigarette lighter. Try checking the fuse for the cigarette lighter. If it is wired into it then it, and the fuse is blown, then neither stereo or lighter is gonna work. Of course I could be totally wrong. But what'll it hurt to check?
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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Get a wiring diagram and check that out. Get a volt meter to see if you have a hot wire all the time. My 95 Jeep someone in the past screwed up the wiring so when I installed my Kenwood system I have do do some re-wiring. I did not have any memory so it shut down every time you turned the Jeep off. Could never find a full hot wire. Do it good the first time, had problems in the past with the speakers having static. I have everything fixed now, with an awesome stereo!
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I will give it a try!
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:38 AM   #6
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I think twitch is on the right track. Remember that these new after market stereos have two power feeds. One constant for the clock functions and one switched on the accessory side with the key.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:30 PM   #7
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Check the "Dome" Fuse on the inside under dash fuse box. That was the culprit on my stereo when it wouldnt turn on
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Check the "Dome" Fuse on the inside under dash fuse box. That was the culprit on my stereo when it wouldnt turn on
Good call, 90% of the time the dome light and cigarette lighter run off the same fuse. My guess is the guy before you needed a hot wire for the memory wire. It is possible the he ran the wire directly to the fuse box too.

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