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Car Stereo Installation gone bad

“Bought a used car the radio lit up but didn’t work – when I pulled it out to figure out why, this is what I found. Not only are the wirenuts not supposed to be there, notice the lack of antenna connector on the end of the antenna wire.”

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8 Comments to Car Stereo Installation gone bad

  1. Wire nuts are better than several feet of duct tape on the wires like I found when I changed the stereo on a used car I bought several years ago. It was an unholy mess using mismatched pieces of scrap wire and duct tape.

  2. Cableguy1000 on January 3rd, 2013
  3. this could be worse, ive found when vermin get in the engine radio wires are a hapless victim.

  4. dm417 on January 3rd, 2013
  5. A true bubba would’ve used scotch tape.

  6. Cybr on January 3rd, 2013
  7. Ford focus. Uses a weird antenna connector. Bubba didn’t want to buy the adapter, why spend the $6?

  8. Escort guy on January 3rd, 2013
  9. Once the radio’s mounted in the car, if the antenna ain’t connected, the radio signal doesn’t get thru the car’s metal body!
    (Used to fix ‘em)

  10. B'ford on January 4th, 2013
  11. This isn’t that bad. Fix the antenna and shove it back in.

  12. Ugnaught on January 4th, 2013
  13. At least wire nuts are a legitimate way to join wires. They are over kill for a car radio as far as rating goes.

  14. B on January 4th, 2013
  15. No, THIS is the difference between “electronics” and an “electrician”.

    Actually, the wire nuts are not “overkill”, they’re totally unacceptable. They’ll work, as long as the car is not moving, no vibration etc…. Plus, you just get bad connections, oxidation on the wires etc…. VERY bad choice. Fine for a house, that isn’t MOVING! That has 120V…..

  16. George Johnson on January 9th, 2013

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