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Old 03-28-2020, 01:36 PM   #1
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*Can't Get New Radio To Turn On*

I install a RetroSound radio in my 49 a few months ago. Finally got around to wiring my it up. I followed the instruction and it won't come on. Per the instructions I have the yellow wire coming from the radio going to a constant 12 volts on the fuse block acc 12 volts. I have the red wire coming from the radio going to ign on the fuse block. I tested the acc with a test light and it is always hot. I tested the ign on the fuse block and it's only hot when the key is on. There is a fuse on the radio and it's good. I took the yellow wire that is a constant 12 volts and ran it straight to the battery to make sure I was getting the proper voltage. I got nothing. I don't have the speakers or the antenna yet but didn't think I needed them just to see the radio light up. I'm I wrong about that? Either I'm not doing it right or the radio is bad.
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:14 AM   #2
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Re: *Can't Get New Radio To Turn On*

You did not mention the ground. Check for continuity to body on your ground wire. I see you are using a test light. If you do not have a DMM. Make sure to check for your +12v you already did to the ground wire at the radio.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:49 AM   #3
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You did not mention the ground. Check for continuity to body on your ground wire. I see you are using a test light. If you do not have a DMM. Make sure to check for your +12v you already did to the ground wire at the radio.
Thanks for the info. I connected the ground wire to a brace by the steering wheel where two other ground wires are connected. I'm beginning to think that may be the issue. When I get out in the garage this morning I'll try connecting the ground straight to the battery to make sure it good. Hope that's it.
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Old 03-29-2020, 11:11 AM   #4
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I just pulled the wiring harness off the back of the radio to check all the connections I made. They all looked good but I pulled it back apart and re-installed new butt connectors. I connected the ground wire directly to the battery and I've still got nothing. The only thing I can think of is the antenna may need to be connected. I don't think the speakers need to be connected just to get it to power up. I note to think about pulling this all back out of the truck.
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:25 PM   #5
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Got my problem resolved. It's what we call in the trade "Operator Error". After calling RetroSound support they said to send it back and they could check it out. I pulled the radio out of the truck and started checking things. The only thing left was the front face of the radio and that's where the issue was. I remember back in January when I put the radio together the front face was very tight when I did a dry run. I guess I never took it back apart to connect the ribbon. That was the issue so lesson learned. Up and running.
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Old 05-26-2020, 06:59 PM   #6
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Finally got around to finishing my radio install. My new in dash speakers came in today. Still waiting on the new glove box door and new speaker grille.
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:01 PM   #7
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Back of speakers.
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:02 PM   #8
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I got the speaker installed. It fit just fine. I still have to pick up an antenna yet. Still not sure what to get our where to mount it.
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Old 05-28-2020, 05:47 PM   #9
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I found a short rubber antenna locally today. I mounted it under the truck to one of the seat bolts. Ran the cable up through the floor, under the passengers seat, then under the carpet up to the firewall to the radio. Worked out great and the radio sound good.
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