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Old 09-23-2015, 02:08 PM   #1
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so i just hardwired a cheap kenwood radio i bought and it wont work unless i have both the accessory and power connected and by doing that it works but wont save memory. (channels, eq, date and time...) my brother told me it could be a faulty ignition wire or switch or it could be because the ignition wire actually pushes either too much or too little power to the radio so it wont run enough power to the radio to store memory. any suggestions or tips, ideas?
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:16 PM   #2
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Was there a reason not to use the $5 adapter that doesn't involve hacking up the factory harness?
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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because i didn't have time. but anyway thats my predicament. doesn't really matter why i did or didn't get the harness.
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Did you pull the fuse first before you took and cut into the harness? If not there's a chance current passed through your cutting tool and popped a fuse for your constant wire.

and it kind of matters because it establishes an idea of who I'm giving advice to... someone that was too cheap, too lazy, or too unaware to get an adapter.. it usually boils down to one of those.. the advice and level of complexity in my answer is dependent on who I think I'm giving instruction to

Take a multimeter and check for current to your constant wire... also OHM out your speakers make sure you got the wires going to the right places.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:28 PM   #5
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The wire colors for ign power and constant are usually switched on aftermarket radios so the colors don't match. My red went to the yellow and yellow to red. In my car I couldn't get any constant power from the factory wire so I ran a wire straight to the battery. Saves from the f5 pin problem anyway. Run a wire with a 5-10 amp fuse.
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Default Re: kenwood radio hardwired

Thanks for the advice. and yes when i cut the wires there was a tad bit of spark. i've done this before but was just trying to hurry because like i said i didn't have much time. if it would have popped a fuse which one would it be? and if i'm going to run a wire straight to my battery what gauge would the wire have to be? I believe that you guys may be correct, i don't have power running through my constant but i'm going to check it and will get back to you. i've never gotten harnesses before. This saturn i have isn't really in the best shape. the transmission gets confused sometimes and for some reason the service engine light soon comes on and there is really no where i can take it to get it looked at being that it's OB1. I really appreciate the advice and i'm really sorry for coming off as a prude but i had a bad day yesterday. anyway i'll check it with a meter quick and get back to you guys. Thank you!
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