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Old 12-06-2012, 03:24 PM
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2007 expedition antenna wire routing

Does anyone know the routing of the factory antenna wiring. I just installed an aftermarket stereo in my 07 expedition and am trying to find the wire routing for the antenna. I have always had poor reception even before changing out my stereo. I unhooked the window antenna with the stereo on and could tell no difference in reception. I noticed that the cable behind the stereo is a coax and the cable at the antenna is a pair of wires not coax. I was wondering if maybe someone knew where the connector was that change the cable from coax to cable. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:29 PM
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I belive it runs down the passenger door sils. Pull off the sills and see if you can spot the wires.
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from what I could tell behind the radio it went toward the driverside or atleast that is the direction of the wire loom I can only see it near the steering wheel after that it disapears. I will check the passenger side pillar.
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Its in the sills, make sure you are powering the amp for the antenna as well
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You are correct about the amp it was located on the passenger side back seat pillar. The problem wa I wasn't powering it up. I had not hooked up the power antenna connection on the stereo because I didn't think it needed to be hooked up. I guess I was wrong, the stations come in Loud and clear now. I have to say that I really like the sound of hd radio.

Thanks for all of the help.
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You are correct about the amp it was located on the passenger side back seat pillar. The problem wa I wasn't powering it up. I had not hooked up the power antenna connection on the stereo because I didn't think it needed to be hooked up. I guess I was wrong, the stations come in Loud and clear now. I have to say that I really like the sound of hd radio.

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I am confused. There is a power antenna hook up in the factory wiring?

Did you use a wiring harness kit for the aftermarket stereo?
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I replaced my aftermarket radio with another aftermarket radio due to touchscreen issues. Also I was having problems with my rear dvd player. It was in a limited use mode because I didn't have the factory canbus stereo. To get the functionality back I installed a PAC module C2R-FRD1. This was a nice kit that connected between the factory harness and the aftermarket harness. The previous owner had an aftermarket unit put in but only used a wiring harness not a canbus module. They went down the same road I did because they cut a yellow/blue wire from the factory harness and connected it to a 12 volt switched power to give the amplifier power. When I seen they had cut the wire I reconnected it to the factory harness because I was using a different harness. When connecting my new pac harness to my stereo I didnt hook up the wiring for the power antenna because I didn't have a power antenna I didn't realize that the power antenna output actually turned on the antenna amplifier. In the end If I would have left there wiring alone I would have never had a problem. I was just trying to make the harness factory again. Guess I should have left well enough alone.
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Ahh! Got it. I was considering swapping out my factory HU for a aftermarket HU. Crutchfield kept pushing the PAC module, but I am still not sure exactly what it does. Can you explain that?

I don't use the rear seat entertainment controls at all, but want to keep the OEM amp/sub working.
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The pac module simulates the canbus so the rear dvd player will work properly. Also I think it actually sends to 12 volt switched power to the new stereo. If I recall there is no 12 volt switched power to the factory harness I think the factory stereo is turned on with the canbus. So you would either have to run a new switched hot or use the pac module. I think that your output for the amp from the aftermarket stereo would go through the pac module. I am not 100% sure if the output actually goes through the pac module or just through the wiring harness. I will say that the pac module was very easy to use. I was able to connect the new stereo harness and the pac module together while setting at the table and just go plug it all in the truck. highly recommended. I think there maybe a few other modules on the market that will do the same thing for you.
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Perfect, thanks for the info!
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any time. All I Can hope is that someone reads this and doesn't make the same mistakes as i did.
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