Aftermarket radio and clock wired straight to battery?

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 03:36 pm   #1 (permalink)
tkenyon
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Default Aftermarket radio and clock wired straight to battery?

I have a 1989 Camry with an after market stereo. I purchased it this
way and have realized that the radio works without the key and the
clock never shuts off. Well, now it is running down my battery and I
just bought a brand new one. I looked in my manual and there is a
fuse for the clock but it is for about 9 other things. I donít know
how to tackle this problem.

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 07:16 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Tue, 01 Nov 2005 16:36:58 -0500, tkenyon wrote:

> I have a 1989 Camry with an after market stereo. I purchased it this
> way and have realized that the radio works without the key and the
> clock never shuts off. Well, now it is running down my battery and I
> just bought a brand new one. I looked in my manual and there is a
> fuse for the clock but it is for about 9 other things. I don't know
> how to tackle this problem.


This actually shouldn't run down the battery very quickly, but you never
know.

You'll have to pull the radio bezel to get a look at the wiring. Hopefully
the person that installed the radio didn't just hack the harness (but I'll
bet he did...).

Can you read a meter? This is going to be a fairly detailed process, and
I'm tired today, so if you can't use a VOM then I won't bother.

The QUICK solution is to check with Crutchfield, Radio Shack or a GOOD
local car stereo store and see if they have a replacement harness for your
car. They are wired with the same colors as original and wire right up to
the cut wires...just match the colors. Then, you can get another harness
at Wal*Mart (hope that's not a dirty word...) that will plug into THAT and
wire up the aftermarket radio PROPERLY just by matching colors again.

Let me know...

For now, I would look for the RADIO fuse under the hood and try pulling it
to see what happens. That's the one under the hood, not in the fuse block
in the car.

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Old 05 Nov 2005, 05:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds like the acc wire and the memory wire are connected together.
If the red and yellow wires from the radio are jumped together in the
harness to the blue/yellow wire, cut the red wire from the radio and connect
it to the grey wire in the car harness.
"Hachiroku" <Trueno@ae86.gts> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 01 Nov 2005 16:36:58 -0500, tkenyon wrote:
>
>> I have a 1989 Camry with an after market stereo. I purchased it this
>> way and have realized that the radio works without the key and the
>> clock never shuts off. Well, now it is running down my battery and I
>> just bought a brand new one. I looked in my manual and there is a
>> fuse for the clock but it is for about 9 other things. I don't know
>> how to tackle this problem.

>
> This actually shouldn't run down the battery very quickly, but you never
> know.
>
> You'll have to pull the radio bezel to get a look at the wiring. Hopefully
> the person that installed the radio didn't just hack the harness (but I'll
> bet he did...).
>
> Can you read a meter? This is going to be a fairly detailed process, and
> I'm tired today, so if you can't use a VOM then I won't bother.
>
> The QUICK solution is to check with Crutchfield, Radio Shack or a GOOD
> local car stereo store and see if they have a replacement harness for your
> car. They are wired with the same colors as original and wire right up to
> the cut wires...just match the colors. Then, you can get another harness
> at Wal*Mart (hope that's not a dirty word...) that will plug into THAT and
> wire up the aftermarket radio PROPERLY just by matching colors again.
>
> Let me know...
>
> For now, I would look for the RADIO fuse under the hood and try pulling it
> to see what happens. That's the one under the hood, not in the fuse block
> in the car.
>



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