searched for this found nothing similar ... 91 wrangler y j4.0 6cyl if it matters. I have my radio in a tuffy center console / aftermarket; the radio died and while replacing it none of the wires were the color they are supposed to be; I have orange, yellow and brown and aftermarket speaker wires - I was able to determine the the power (orange) and ground (brown) and it seems the yellow is useless (maybe). The programming will not stay once the vehicle is turned off any suggestions or has anyone seen this configuration before? thanx
Welcome to the forum. Your memory needs a constant hot. Does the orange work off of the key or is it always hot? Does the yellow show 12v with the key on or off?
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the only wire that I was able to get a reading on was the orange wire other discoveries were based on touching trial and error ... Anticanman, sorry if i was not clear the three wires were orange, yellow and brown and the speaker wires were stand out aftermarket speaker wire. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to backtrace all these wires ... *sigh*
with a volt meter I have determined that the orange wire is the constant, brown is ground and yellow is ignition memory ~ I am getting no fire to the yellow wire; where does it trace back to ??/ or where can I tie in at ??? the cigarette lighter is not an option ... easiest route without tearing open the dash please ... thanks !!!
the fuses are all good ~ I am thinking about doing the impossible and tearing out the dash and redoing / simplifying all wiring and replacing the crappy gauge cluster; any advice ??? I searched but could not find a thread for this ...
OK, so I'm assuming the orange goes back to the battery with an I line fuse somewhere along its path. The yellow can go to the fuse box, tied with a spade connector to the Radio slot. The fuse control for this is the 20A Accessory fuse.
Rerunning the wires is jot a great challenge, there are multiple places to pass the wire to the battery for the constant and lacing the switch wire back to the fuse box just takes a bit of laying on your back across the tub to feed the wires. Be thankful you're not trying to do it in a ZJ. Lots more crap behind the dash.
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the best bet would be to check the website for the manufacturer of the radio.... but USUALLY the orange is constant (fused battery), then there should be another (usually red or red with a srtipe in my experience) that goes to an ignition hot.
every aftermarket radio I've dealt with so far uses the yellow as a trigger wire to switch a power antenna or external amplifier.
try this... with the radio power off, put a multimeter on that yellow coming off the radio... I'm thinking it should be 0v. then turn the radio on, it should be ~12v
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I know kenwood and a few other manufacturers use larger diameter wire for the 12v constant supply. Check to make sure that wire goes directly to the battery. As others here states, it sounds like your wires are mixed up. There will be a constant 12v supply into the radio as well as a 12v accessory supply.