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Old 07-23-2014, 06:42 PM
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Trouble with putting in new radio...

The buttons broke on my old radio, so I go and get a new radio, match all the colors and connect them and viola, no power. I'm looking for a wiring diagram specifically for a 94 f150 with the factory amp but cans find any consistency. From what I can tell the light green/purple wire leading to the connector is what should have power, and it doesn't. The test light only lights up on the yellow/black wire and the orange/black wire. Then it lights up as we'll on the wires on the opposite sides of the connector. Please help I don't know what to do now!!
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:07 PM
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Another thing is the antenna is not yet plugged in, is that a crucial ground to make the head unit cut on? I understand it would not pickup radio frequencies without it but would it keep the whole head unit from coming on or getting power?
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:24 PM
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Hopefully that helps.

As far as the antenna goes I have had a lot of radios that would not work with out it being hooked up. I have had a lot that worked with out it hooked up. Best advice I can give you is to hook it all up and the antenna as well and then try it.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:04 PM
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When I put my radio in my 1990 f250 almost no wires matched up color wise I had to match them up according to a wiring diagram of the truck, and the radio itself
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:17 PM
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Yeah a wiring diagram is your best bet, that's how I did it with my truck, no two wires were the same darn color so I had to wire it all up with a diagram.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:24 PM
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Ok i figgured it out fuse was blown fuse in the power dist box not deliverin the power toward me. Thanks guys the diagram did help tremendously!
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:32 AM
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ok another problem guys.. my antenna wire wont fit into the port on the head unit. It is too large, but if I touch the end piece inside there the radio will work fine. It just wont go all the way in there. I tried looking for an adapter but nowhere has an adapter for an older truck like this. Can I just cut off the plug in pieces and strip the wire and buck connecter them together directly or is that a bad idea?
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These trucks do not require an adapter look at the antennae and look at the hole on the radio they should be the same size. Of so it needs a little shove to fit inside.
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