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Need Help Wiring Harness

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Need Help Wiring Harness





So Iím starting to get confused and before I do what I think I wanted to ask. I have a Metra wire harness(the white plastic) and I was putting the wires from my new stereo together and got confused by two wire; the remote wire (blue) and this random orange and black wire. What does the remote/ pwr antenna go to? And what is this random unlabeled orange/ black wire. Called support and there a bunch of idiots. Donít even know the color wires they use. I was just gunna leave that one capped but I donít know what to do with the other.
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The Remote wire is for a Powered antenna, i.e. it comes down inside the fender when radio/vehicle is turned off, so someone doesn't snap it off for fun
So cap it unless you have a power antenna

Orange/black wire doesn't show up on any 2004 radio diagrams, there were 3 types of sound systems used in 2004 Rangers
Orange/black wire was used in earlier models for back light/illumination in 1990-1994, so maybe harness is for use in older Rangers as well as newer models

You can see Radio wiring here: https://therangerstation.com/tech_li...diagrams.shtml
 
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Originally Posted by RonD View Post
The Remote wire is for a Powered antenna, i.e. it comes down inside the fender when radio/vehicle is turned off, so someone doesn't snap it off for fun
So cap it unless you have a power antenna

Orange/black wire doesn't show up on any 2004 radio diagrams, there were 3 types of sound systems used in 2004 Rangers
Orange/black wire was used in earlier models for back light/illumination in 1990-1994, so maybe harness is for use in older Rangers as well as newer models

You can see Radio wiring here: https://therangerstation.com/tech_li...diagrams.shtml
so just cap them both sounds good thanks for the help again really appreciate it
 
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That remote wire can also be used to power an amp, or a backup camera
 
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That remote wire can also be used to power an amp, or a backup camera
interesting Iím gunna throw a back up camera on when it arrives but there is already a wire to power that none the less interesting may need it for something else.

I ended up just capping the other wires and the radio works perfectly.
 
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This wire will give power to the backup cam whenever there is power to the radio, not just when the vehicle is in reverse. So as long as the radio has a way to look at the camera from the main screen you can look at what's behind you.
 
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I am sure it would be fine AMP wise, but..............I would instead use that 12v Radio on wire to activate a Relay, that then powered the device you want to add
A relay is only a .5amp draw, devices that use 12v power vary and are more than .5amp, so in general just a good practice, which is why car makers use so many relays, lol.

If you decide to power it directly add an inline fuse to the black Radio wire.
 
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