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How Do I Wire a Sony Radio to a Car?

    • 1). Remove the stereo's wiring harness from the rear of the stereo by pressing the locking tab and pulling the harness from the stereo.

    • 2). Strip 1/4 inch of insulation from the ends of each wire from the new stereo's wiring harness with a wire tool.

    • 3). Strip 1/4 inch of insulation from the wires in the wiring kit with the wire tool.

    • 4). Crimp a butt connector to the 12-volt constant power wire from the stereo then crimp the other end of the butt connector to the 12-volt constant power wire of the wiring kit with the wire tool. Cover the entire butt connector with electrical tape. This wire keeps the presets and clock settings on the stereo, but it does not power the radio.

    • 5). Use the wire tool to crimp a butt connector to the ground wire from the stereo then crimp the other end of the butt connector to the ground wire of the wiring kit. Cover the entire butt connector with electrical tape. This wire is typically black in color.

    • 6). Crimp a butt connector onto the accessories wire from the stereo and the accessories wire of the wiring kit with the wire tool. Cover the entire butt connector with electrical tape. This connection turns the radio on and off with the ignition key. This wire is typically yellow in color.

    • 7). Use a butt connector to crimp the dimmer wire from the stereo and the dimmer wire of the wiring kit with the wire tool. Cover the entire butt connector with electrical tape. Not all cars will have a dimmer wire. If so, this wire is typically orange in color.

    • 8). Crimp a butt connector onto the speaker wires from the stereo and the speaker wires of the wiring kit. Cover the entire butt connector with electrical tape. The number of speaker wires will depend on the amount of speakers the car has. Each speaker has a different set of colors.

    • 9). Cover the ends of any unused wires with electrical tape so they do not short out.

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