I finally bought everything to put in a kick ass stereo and now comes the fun part, installing it. I got the factory HU out and the Alpine 7893 fits like a dream. But the antenna plugs don't fit. The one coming from the car is short and the one from the Alpine 7893 is long. Do I need an adapter of some sort or am i just gonna have to go without a radio? I will post pics. Also there is a second wire that's bundled together with the antenna and i don't know what it is? I got a pic of it too. And i'm still not done wit the problems. I got the stereo hooked up and knew the radio wouldn't work cause the antenna wasn't hooked up, but static was coming out of the speakers like it should. I switched it to CD and was expecting the sweet harmony of Bone Thugs N' Harmony to come blazing from the speakers. But nothing happened, no sound. I went thru all the function options on my CD player and nothing made it work. I have no idea what's making it not play. If anyone has any answers or any ideas that would help me out alot. I will post pics of my whole stereo in a couple days when i get pics. Thanks
dont start worrying too much yet, i had the exact same problems you did and mine works perfectly now...
first of all.. the antenna, yes you need an adapter. goto your local circuit city, theyre pretty much guaranteed to have the adapter you need.. shouldnt be more than a few bucks
2ndly, that extra plug in the picture, leave it, i didnt plug it into anything, because there was no where to plug it, my thoughts are that it has something to do with the car being prewired for the security system, but im not positive. the other purpose for this wire could be to power another AM antenna, because i get reception on my AM, but not perfect. and our cars are equipped with nume antennas
lastly, as for not getting any sound from either sources on your receiver, i was in this pickle. the harnesses i used with my installation werent properly configured for my bmw, and i had to slightly modify it. it has to do with the ANT Power On, and other leads. i had a bunch of posts on this earlier, ill see if i can dig up that thread for you and post a link....
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You just saved my life, no doubt. I was about ready to cry. Haha i just spent every cent i earned this summer on my stereo and it wasn't working. The local car shop said i would need to buy a 200 dollar interface to get my stereo to work, and of course they were more than willing to sell it to me. I said i would check on here first and i just saved 200 dollars. Thanks, i'll post pics of the stereo when i'm all done! Thanks!
I'm stuck in my house right now and can't get to my car to completely understand what you're saying. I wondered what the extra wire was for, so that explains that, but where do i hook it up too? I don't understand where i'm suppose to hook the extra wire too? Thanks
Oh hell yeah....someone else work on my car, truck, or other vehicle of any kind? That'll be the day you pry the keys from my cold dead fingers.
I work hard for my money. I don't like handing it over to some clown to do something I can do myself.
Especially if it's something like a radio or an oil change where a guy does 60 of them a day and doesn't give a hell that your Bimmer is your baby anymore than he cares that the '82 Toyota pickup he just worked on was a POS. All he cares about is getting the work done to get home.....well not on my car you don't!
And speaking of throwing money away.....I bought a head unit for my Dodge at Best Buy a month ago. The guy in the store says "We offer free installation" and then proceeds to say "with parts and materials it'll only cost you about $80 for have it installed"
I wanted to say "Hey genious....free means free. Not $80. A free installation that costs $80 is an $80 installation, not a free one" But the kid was so convicted in the notion that what he was saying made sense, that I couldn't bringmyself to do anything but stare at him blindly and weep for the future generation.
Originally posted by Young Beamin'@Jul 21 2004, 12:07 AM I'm stuck in my house right now and can't get to my car to completely understand what you're saying. I wondered what the extra wire was for, so that explains that, but where do i hook it up too? I don't understand where i'm suppose to hook the extra wire too? Thanks
Dude I just tonight myself put a head unit in my M3. Had the exact same problem you're getting.
There should be a blue wire (at least on mine it was blue) comming out of the head unit plug marked "Power Antenna/Amplifier" or something of that nature. On the connector that plugs into the OEM socket in the dashboard, the bottom right pin (no. 16) should have another blue wire comming off of it that you didn't hook up to the wiring harness at all. That is to say it's not a speaker wire or a power supply. It's just a blue wire that doesn't seem to belong anywhere.
Hook those two wires together.
On mine the blue wire on the head unit's wiring harness had a connector plug on the end. It was the only wire that wasn't just a bare wire. You can test to see if this will fix your problem but touching the bare blue wire comming off the BMW wiring harness to the connector on the blue wire comming off the head unit harness. If you hear sound.....connect the two wires properly and you're on your way.
And for the record, I sat and stared at the thing for 20 minutes in complete confusion until I though to come upstrais and look through this forum for the answer. Like you I thought I had everything perfectly wired. It was set up just like every other HU I've ever installed, but this one didn't work. Had lights in the unit, the CD spun around. But no sounds.
Ahh I love it. Like i said, i can't get to my car right now but first thing in the morning i'm hooking that up. I would be sittin in my car with a 200 dollar interface and the same problem if it wasn't for you guys. Thank you so much! Thanks!
Geesh...at $200 for a plug (cause let's be honest with ourselves.....that's probably what it is is just a fancy wiring harness) the thing better soldier itself together and drive you to work the next day.
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