Radio Power shuts off when i turn on head lights/dash
I recently bought my 92 dakota without a radio. I installed a Dual XDMR7700 and it works perfect when the truck is in the ON postion or running. The only problem is when i pull the **** to turn on my headlights/dash lights the power to my radio is completly shut off. What could be the problem?
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I've checked and rechecked. Orange wire is dimmer/dash lamps, and when i disconnect it and run it off the main power wire the radio still makes no changes. Also this might help but seems i dont have any high beams aswell. The light is on, on the dash but its normal driving lights. like its missing a step. Pushed in everything is off (Radio works), pulled out 1, day lamps and dash lights are on (Radio doesn't work), pulled out all the way normal headlights are on but the highbeams light is on (Radio doesn't work). Is there something wrong with the switch or wiring to the switch?
Location: Sycamore, Illinois (displaced to Arkansas)
I would suggest:
Remove the radio.
Access the electrical plug for the radio.
Insure that, with truck OFF, key OUT, you have power and ground where needed.
Start the truck (or, at least put the key in RUN), and make sure you still have power and ground where needed.
Than, turn on the headlights and see what changed.
Continue from there.
BK/YL wire tells the radio that the lights need to come on. You should have voltage when the headlight switch is in (parking lights) or (headlights) position.
OR wire tell the radio to dim/brighten the lights. Voltage should vary in (parking lights) or (headlights) position, to correspond to your dashlight brightness.
RD/WT wire should have voltage ONLY with ignition switch in ACC/RUN position.
PK wire should have voltage at ALL times.
Ground is provided via a ground strap, or separate screw-on wire.
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You need to run the ground wire of the cd player to a body ground. i had the same problem except when i turned my headlights on it fried my cd player. I ran the ground to a spot under the hood and it fixed it.
Hmm, seems logical. I will have to dig out my Volt meter and see if its a faulty ground wire. The truck came with the factory plug already cut off and most of the radio wires for that matter. I will get a better look at the wiring when i rip the dash out. Stupid heater core is dripping coolant everywhere. -_-
easy trouble shooting cd player and rearview cam problems
i just solved a similar problem on my car i bought a Cd/dvd player for my 2000 concord lxi i hooked it up and hooked a rear-view camera and it worked perfect but wen i turned the headlights on the cd player shuts of so i disconnected the orenge wire that came out of my cd player from the orange on the aftermarket harness then grounded the ping wire (rear con wire) it worked fine but i couldn't see any footage from the camera for that i bought a long red power wire and hooked it to the red camera power wire that hooked from camera to reverse light and took the other end of the new wire i bought and hooked it to the orange wire that came out of the cd player now every thing works fine. you probably dont have the right power to run both cd and head lights thats why you need constant power to run both just hook up an extra wire between a positive wire to the orange dimmer wire its simple;
ground to ground (black)
12+ positive to 12+ positive (red)
and an extra wire (usually a red 18 guage wire bought mine at walmart) to the dimmer wire from the back of the cd player (orange)