If there was any solution to this issue I would love to hear about it. I just purchased a 2003 BMW 330i and replaced the CD with a Sony. I hooked up the harness correctly and the AM/FM works wonderfully. The sound quality using the HK speakers that were with the car was excellent. However, once I put in a CD, it ran and you can see it working but NO SOUND at all comes out of the deck. I too then placed this same HU in a toyota and no problems with the CD. I would like to not have to modify the existing speaker wiring or go thorugh and route wiring for each speaker individually. PLEASE HELP
The reason is because you are not connecting the remote wire. The BMW has a factory amp, the Toyota did not.
Why does AAM/FM work and not with CD? Im not absolutely positive, but I think it is because of a difference in voltage. Once you engage the CD drive, the motor that spins the CD draws more current and thusly you loose your current feeding your factory amp.
Regardless, I have at least one person a week come in my store with the same problem, and this is what is necessary to fix it.
You probably won't need to, but if you notice everything now works, but only with the car running, you will need to install a three phase relay to keep a constant +12V going to both the factory and Sony amplifiers.
All of this advice is based on the fact that your CAR still has a plug on the end of the wirng harness, if the moron that installed your Kenwood deck cut the plug off let me know and i will start over...
The METRA wiring harness has a plug on one end and bare wires on the other.
The ALPINE wiring harness has a plug on one end and bare wire on the other.
Take the bare wires from each harness and connect. The blue wire is the amp/remote wire on each connector. Do not get this confused with the power antenna lead.
So to reiterate, using your Alpine manual and the wire code on your Metra (or whatever brand you bought) harness, make sure to connect the two wires together that are labled "amp turn on" or "remote wire". I think it is the solid blue wire but it may be the blue/whte stripe (Sorry I cant keep it straigh between all the different brands)
alright, i think i see what you mean with the blue/white wire
it is connected to the metra harness going into the alpine unit, but the metra harness is connected to another metra harness, and theres nothing plugged into the Remote Turn-on
also there is a spare wire that i could not connect to anything, i dont think this is the wire to the factory amp is it? (pictures below)
also, i didnt use the harness that came with the head unit, i just used the ones from Metra
there is no ground wire on it, im not sure what to do about that
Anyway, in order to get my cd player to play sound, how would i go about connecting the blue/white wire with the wire to the factory amp (which one goes to the factory amp, is it in the black harness from the stock stereo?)
im thinking, remove/cutting the bluewhite wire off the metra harness, and crimping it with the wire to the factory amp?
sorry its a lot of questions and confusion, but if someone can help me out, youre awesome
i have a lot of pictures to show you what im talking about (ill post them in a minute)
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95' BMW 325is Jet Black, 5 speed
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