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Old 03-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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radio on. radio off.

just bought a 95 wrangler. at first my radio did not seem to be working at all. it wouldn't ever come on. after driving a few days, after running over a few bumps the thing just randomly came on. the next bump turned it off. so i am outside trying to figure out why this thing isnt getting constant power. checked the fuse behind the wiring harness on the stereo. its good. other than that idk which fuse in the fuse box affects the radio so idk which one to check. also i haven't bolstered my courage enough to tear out the old wiring and rewire it. any ideas on where to start?? i do not have an electrical tester. only hand tools. thanks.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:15 PM   #2
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its an aftermarket stereo

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Old 03-01-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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Is it an aftermarket or stock radio? Sounds likely there's a bad splice [aftermarket] or loose pin in the connector. Pull the radio out and with power on start jiggling/pull testing. Of course there's a number of things that can cause this but that's where I would start. Get a cheap multimeter from your auto parts store. You don't have to go fancy. They are super cheap and useful for any auto/household electrical.
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Most people and sadly most all sterio install joints Butt splice everything together when putting in an aftermarket radio. I'm willing to bet that's where your problem is. Pay special attention to any red, yellow, or black wires at the Butt splices
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what is the best alternative to butt splicing them?? actually they are only taped. i am splicing them. for starters.
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When I do installs I always solder and shrink wrap everything but that's just me. Lol. Yeah if yours is just twisted and taped, Butt splicing will be 100 times better
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When I do installs I always solder and shrink wrap everything but that's just me. Lol. Yeah if yours is just twisted and taped, Butt splicing will be 100 times better
Yep. Soldering and shrink wrapping is the way to go.
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hm. maybe i will solder and shrink wrap my stereo wires when i grow up . for now, i finished getting everything butt spliced. but still seems to be no power to the stereo. i take off the detachable faceplate and hit the reset button and the cd changer makes some noise. so then there must be power to it. right???

also, there seems to be some calcium build up (green and crusty) on the contacts, on the back of the faceplate, which connect it to the actual stereo. what would be the best thing to use to clean that??
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Real fine grit sandpaper (220 or above) has done the trick for me before. Just have to be really gentle. Someone else may have a better idea though.
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i used baking soda/ water paste on the contacts. i think it is definitely something wrong with the detachable face plate. i actually can even feed a cd into it and eject it. the cd just wont play. today, twice when i turned the key to acc mode the radio came on with the dash lights. when i released th eparking break it turned off immediately. so re-splicing the wiring definitely made it operate better but i still haven't quarantined the problem. probably just going to take it to a stereo shop this week.
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Most people and sadly most all sterio install joints Butt splice everything together when putting in an aftermarket radio. I'm willing to bet that's where your problem is. Pay special attention to any red, yellow, or black wires at the Butt splices
Bestbuy does. Shithole. CC always soldered theirs. That's where I started. Solder ever since. Cept when I'm lazy or its not my car. Lol.

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