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no sound from speakers, 97 xlt

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Hamilton, Ontario
Year, Model & Trim Level
1997 5.0 AWD
1997 XLT
cd changer in middle console and rear radio controls
NOT JBL, no subwoofer

hooked up the wires for alpine deck, powers on and everything but no sound

i read alot- put ground to the extra black on the harness- nothing
dont have a dark blue wire for supply 12v for the audio mute? could it be another color?
 






1997 XLT
cd changer in middle console and rear radio controls
NOT JBL, no subwoofer

hooked up the wires for alpine deck, powers on and everything but no sound

i read alot- put ground to the extra black on the harness- nothing
dont have a dark blue wire for supply 12v for the audio mute? could it be another color?

The 97 uses a separate amp in the back.
Make sure you connected the amp turn on wire. But it's best to bypass the amp with a wiring harness. That way, you're using the radios amp which will sound better.
 






found that blue wire and sound works

i used a harness for the power and such wires for the new HU

but i just spliced into the fac harness for the speaker wires because the harness didnt fit that connector....

how do i bypass it?,

i have a mini amp that connects inline to the speaker wires and HU harness that makes 45w per channel....with it hooked up it just pukes
 






It 'pukes' because you're apparently running 3 inline amps.
The head unit that you put in has an amp. You said you put in a new 'mini' amp after that, and the stock amp is after that. You're overwhelming the stock amp with too much power.

To bypass the stock amp, you have 2, well, technically 3 choices.

1. Run new wiring from head unit amp to speakers.
2. Run new wiring from head unit to harness coming out of factory amp. (There is a harness adapter for this on Crutchfield.)
3. Find the factory amp and splice the wires going into the amp with the wires coming out. That'll just remove the inline amp.
 






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