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Old 11-01-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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The previous owner of my 92 SC really did a job on the stereo wiring, mostly cutting out the stock harness to, I'm guessing, install an aftermarket stereo. I took a stock harness out of another 92 SC to solder in, which I did last weekend. I did my very best to get all the wires in the right places, and there weren't any that I wasn't confident with. The only stereo I had to test my work with was a stock 98 casette stereo. When I plugged it in and turned the key on, the backlight came on, but the clock didn't work. The stereo itself works fine in my 98. I have a digital multimeter to test with, if necessary. Any hints or advise would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-01-2007, 05:18 PM   #2
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Check the fuses. Also check to make sure you didnt mix up the yellow speaker wire with the yellow power wire.

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Old 11-01-2007, 05:48 PM   #3
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Check the fuses. Also check to make sure you didnt mix up the yellow speaker wire with the yellow power wire.
Ya that got me when I had to do the same thing on my '92 when I sold it.

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Old 11-01-2007, 05:58 PM   #4
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:01 PM   #5
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Check the fuses. Also check to make sure you didnt mix up the yellow speaker wire with the yellow power wire.
Checked the fuse, it was good, also was a 10 amp, so I replaced it with a 5 amp as specified on the cover.

As I recall, enough of the like-colored wires were still in the harness that I'm as sure as I can be that they all went in the right spot in the new harness. Failing that, is there some way I can tell that I got the yellows in the right places?

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:05 PM   #6
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Will this help?
Thanks, that does give me the idea that I can test the yellow and orange for voltage in key off/on. Since the display doesn't show a time on it, maybe something is going on there.

I just tried the 98 cassette stereo again, and noticed that it made a split second of static when I turned it on, so I tried a cassette in it, but it will not even accept the cassette.

Only one speaker is installed now, if that makes any difference.

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Checked the fuse, it was good, also was a 10 amp, so I replaced it with a 5 amp as specified on the cover.
Did you check the other fuse? Theres two. 10amp chime fuse and 7.5amp radio fuse.

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:40 PM   #8
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There's two browns too. WTF? Would it have killed them to put a damn stripe down a couple of wires? I've never seen a wiring harness withthe exact same colours of wires for two totally different things in a car before!

Sorry, still bitter.

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:44 PM   #9
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Did you check the other fuse? Theres two. 10amp chime fuse and 7.5amp radio fuse.
Yay, the chime fuse was blown! Now, not only does the chime work, but the tape player shows the time, powers up and accepts a cassette.

No audio (I did check my tape and it was playing music in a different player), so I'm going to go to work on speakers. If I don't get any sound by installing one speaker, I'll wait until daylight to fiddle with it more.

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:46 PM   #10
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There's two browns too. WTF? Would it have killed them to put a damn stripe down a couple of wires? I've never seen a wiring harness withthe exact same colours of wires for two totally different things in a car before!

Sorry, still bitter.
I was thinking the same, while I was thanking my lucky stars the the prior owner had left enough wires uncut for me to (hopefully) deduce the correct position for each wire.

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Old 11-01-2007, 07:05 PM   #11
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Sweet, I have one of my speakers in and it works great. Of course, prior owner had cut out the stock speaker connectors so I couldn't use my nice speaker wires from Crutchfield. I just did a basic splice, I'll try to find time to do all four with solder tomorrow, and hopefully it will all work! Thanks again to all!

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Does anyone have a preferred faster for the speakers? Prior owner tossed all the factory fastners and apparently just had the front speakers sitting loose in the doors. The hardware store can't help, all they have are machine screws up to #14, which is a hair too small for the holes, and none of the plastic anchors I tried from them will work, they just spin in the holes, if I can get them in at all. If no one has any suggestions, I'll be off to the dealer Tuesday to get the factory ones.

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