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96 ford ranger no sound coming from speakers

Yes I was seeing if anyone can help me out I have a 1996 ford ranger 4.0 XLT and my speakers are not working, I have a aftermarket radio. I know it's not the radio I put in a new radio. It works I just can not even hear static or nothing coming from my speakers. I was seeing if anyone can help me out any suggestions? Would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
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Does your new Radio have a built in Amplifier?

Not all do.

1996 Ranger can come with regular sound system or Premium sound system(CD Player)
Premium sound system has an added amplifier, usually under the glove box
If that amplifier is not powered on or bad then that may be why old radio didn't work and why new radio doesn't work
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I really don't know and I don't know where to look. My ranger came with a AM/FM cassette player than I switched it out to a aftermarket. It worked for a while, than it just stopped working. I have taken it to a radio shop and the person said that my factory wires had been cut, which happened when me and my friend where replacing my old AM/FM radio out for my aftermarket. Which was last year, why would it work for a year than all of a sudden stop working? I have looked into the amp being bad but I really don't know how to test if it is the amp that is causing the problem or something else. Thank you for the reply.
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1996 regular radio wiring diagram
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...dio_Wiring.pdf

The above has the wiring colors.

Just hook up one speaker, if radio is on and tuned to a station and there is no sound then amp in radio is bad

An amp can just go bad or you had it wired wrong and amp just burned out after awhile
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Thank you very much, it is dark now so I will check it out in the morning. Thank you very much for that wiring diagram, I could not even find it. I will reply with the results. Thank you for your time.
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Okay I just went and see if all of the wires where hooked up properly and their are wires that are in the diagram that I am not even seeing coming from my radio to my speakers but my radio still powers on but no sound.
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I believe I have found the amp too. It's blue and it's below the glove box and between the door panel of the right side.
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This is the wiring diagram for '96 Premium Sound system:
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...dio_Wiring.pdf

But your previous setup should not have worked for a year, if you had this external amp in the wiring
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if the radio is aftermarket could also be a cheap harness. The cheaper ones use a low grade metal inside the sheathing which over time and the normal flexing can cause them to break inside its more obvious in vehicle wiring as bouncing around from the road will break them faster try giggling the wires in the harness if you get some noise or the pitch of the static changes its the harness and the after market harness do not match factory colors so you need a diagram from the radio manufacturer as well as the ford diagram. Also cheaper head units do not have as powerful an amp inside them either. So if it was a head unit only designed to power 2 speakers and you have say 4 wired to them then it causes a low power state because your are essentially splitting the power in half. You see it a lot with subs under powering can be as bad as overpowering it may work for a while but eventually it causes damage to the radios amp an or the speakers themselves.
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