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Old 08-17-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Question Please help with the radio

I' ve just bought a 98' Wrangler Jeep and the radio doesn't works in it when I turn it on it only writes: 'wait' and I can't do anything with it.
Can somebody help me what should I do whith it?

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I' ve just bought a 98' Wrangler Jeep and the radio doesn't works in it when I turn it on it only writes: 'wait' and I can't do anything with it.
Can somebody help me what should I do whith it?

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The first thing I would try is to disconnect the ground wire on your battery for a few minutes, then reconnect it and see if the radio will work.

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What kind of radio is it? Does it have a CD player? It sounds like a CD maybe in it, that isn't being read. Maybe it is a bad CD, and you just need to remove it. It maybe stuck inside, or in a position where it can't eject too. You may want to check if there is a CD in the player, and manually remove it, if it won't eject automatically, without damaging the unit.
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The battery wasn't in the car for a few months so I think that won't work
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I think it's the original radio. You can only put casettes in it.
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And there is no cassette in it?
I really don't see why the radio should be effected by the charge of the battery.
If you check for a cassette, and it is empty, why not try to reset the radio by removing the ground wire, and wait a few minutes as suggested. The battery is full charged, right?
Maybe you could pull the radio fuse, and wait a few minutes. Maybe that will reset the radio. If not, maybe it's an good excuse for an upgrade.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for your advices I will try them.
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If the receiver has a cassette player in it....like ChasUGC said....might be a good time to upgrade, you can probably find a brand new deck off craigslist for 50 with the wiring harness.
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Were you given the unlock code for the radio?

You need to turn the key to the run position, engine off, and let it sit for upwards of 45 mins. after that it should switch to say 'code' then you'll enter the unlock code
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The problem is that I haven't got that code.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:26 PM   #11
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I've got a functioning radio with CD player I took out of my 2002 Sport I will sell you for $15 + shipping. Lemme know
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #12
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Thanks, but when I will buy a new radio, I would like to buy a better and a new one. But first I want to try to repair this one.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #13
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not worth repairing ... save a couple $ from a couple paychecks and get a cheap cd deck from wally world for around 75
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I've just bought the car 5 days ago and now I want to save somebody money and a thought that I could repair this one easily because I only want to listen to radio and my fm transmitter is enoug for me.
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You can pull the radio out and get the serial number off it then try this
CHRYSLER CAR RADIO CODE - Online Service
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:37 AM   #16
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Thanks!
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Does your radio say anti-theft on it? I don't think that feature was around in 1998 for Wranglers. But maybe someone swapped out the original radio and put in another radio from a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It doesn't make sense that the original radio needs a code. But, it does make sense if it isn't the original radio. I doubt you will even be able to get the code since it isn't the original radio. You would have to find out who the original radio belonged too, and they would have to get you the code from the dealership. And from looking at the above link, it is going to cost you.

It sounds like money not well spent. I would just save the money, and get another radio. It can't be the original radio anyway.
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I' ve just bought a 98' Wrangler Jeep and the radio doesn't works in it when I turn it on it only writes: 'wait' and I can't do anything with it.
Can somebody help me what should I do whith it?

Thanks,

Andris
Can you take the car back and tell them that the radio doesn't even work? Maybe they will at least give you a working radio, even if it is crap.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:28 PM   #19
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Yes you are right. I gave up fixing this radio, im gonna buy a new one in the near future. Do you know a good webpage where i can buy one which fits this car and they ship it to europe?
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Yes you are right. I gave up fixing this radio, im gonna buy a new one in the near future. Do you know a good webpage where i can buy one which fits this car and they ship it to europe?
Well, you have lots options there. Now, that you have decided to buy a new one, you first need to set a price, and options you want. You need to decide if you want a 1-1/2 din radio or a one din radio. The original radio was 1-1/2 din, but most people choose a one din radio, because there are far greater options. The width is fairly standard. You will need an install kit for a one din radio though, to make it look professional. Install kits are about $20 US. Try to think of the options you want and the price. The below website is where I brought my system, and they have good prices. I personally visited them and they are very honest and reputable. They do ship internationally. They have a wide selection too. I'm sure they can get you a kit for your Wrangler, with the radio.

Personally, I would get the kit first, if you decide on a one din radio. It doesn't make sense to get the radio and you can't install it right. Unless, of course, you plan to get the radio and let a car audio shop install it. They will have the parts, to put together a decent install kit, but it won't be as good as the proper kit. With the proper kit, you can do it yourself and make it look very professional.

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Old 08-24-2013, 06:45 AM   #21
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Thanks. I' ve found a nice radio and a good dash kit for my car and question is that do I need some new cables too?
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Thanks. I' ve found a nice radio and a good dash kit for my car and question is that do I need some new cables too?
No, you shouldn't need any "cables". If all your wiring for the speakers is present, you shouldn't even need extra speaker wire. Just identify all your wiring. Speaker wires, power connection, ground connection, antenna cable, and plug that into your radio. Check to make sure you have a good ground too. This might help with radio noise. It also might be a good idea to identify and mark your speaker wires with a piece of masking tape that says LF,RF,LR,RR. You should be able to remove the speaker covers and check the wire colors and mark them behind the radio. This will save you time in trying to determine which speaker cable is for what speaker. You will definitely need to have some butt connectors, and a wire stripper. The blue butt connectors should suffice.
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No, you shouldn't need any "cables". If all your wiring for the speakers is present, you shouldn't even need extra speaker wire. Just identify all your wiring. Speaker wires, power connection, ground connection, antenna cable, and plug that into your radio. Check to make sure you have a good ground too. This might help with radio noise. It also might be a good idea to identify and mark your speaker wires with a piece of masking tape that says LF,RF,LR,RR. You should be able to remove the speaker covers and check the wire colors and mark them behind the radio. This will save you time in trying to determine which speaker cable is for what speaker. You will definitely need to have some butt connectors, and a wire stripper. The blue butt connectors should suffice.
They have adapter cables that connect to the factory harness that will match the new harness that comes with the radio. Match color to color and tape off the ends of the ones not used, such as the orange illumination wire or the blue/white stripe amp turn on wire as they will power up but without the taped up end may ground out. You'll also need an antenna adaptor and the dash kit. Whatever you do don't go cutting wires behind your dash, they are usually only long enough to plug into the factory radio. In the US you can pick this stuff at Wal-Mart or Best Buy, I'm sure there are similar stores in Europe. (Or I'd be happy to come over and install it for you, I'd only charge airfare and a sampling of the local beer, lol)
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I don't know maybe the way I've done radios in the past has changed. Each radio has a harness that plugs into it. Between the harness are wires. It's highly unlikely that your OEM radio harness is going to fix your aftermarket radio harness. Some radio's just come with wires coming out out them and no actual harness. You need to connect the wires from your old radio to your new radio. You have to cut them and connect them. The best way is using butt connectors and a crimper. You have to identify the radio wires. And, match the wire to your radio. Below is a 1998 Jeep Radio wire diagram to identify your radio wires. Hope this helps.

1998 Jeep Wrangler Car Radio Stereo Wiring Diagram
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:10 AM   #25
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Thanks. You helped me a lot. I' bought a new radio and yesterday a put it into the car and it works well and it's great now.
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Thanks. You helped me a lot. I' bought a new radio and yesterday a put it into the car and it works well and it's great now.
Congrats. Glad to be of assistance. Your next mod?
Amp, speaker upgrade, and Subwoofer. Gotta love that bass.
But, take your time. Jeeps are so much fun.
Especially playing in the mud.
My Jeep makes me feel like a big kid. Sorry.
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A few month later I want to buy new tires because now I have street tires and I want off-road ones.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:27 AM   #28
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Polifil the soundbar, you might actually get abit better sound and its a cheap mod

I tried it for my 2001 TJ, and it does help slightly.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:01 AM   #29
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Thanks! It realy worked.

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