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How To Wire A Radio With No Harness

A radio harness may play a decisive role in installing your radio. It will save your time on discovering the function of each wire and make you more convenient in testing the system.

Nevertheless, what if you buy an aftermarket radio that does not have any harness? What are you going to do?

I used to be in that situation about two weeks ago when my dad bought a second-hand car radio to replace his old one. And especially, there was no harness attached to it. Before I could find out the reason why he did that, he asked me to install it for him because he ultimately did not know how. I had no other choice apart from doing it. After all, he already purchased it.

Fortunately, it was not a mess like I imagined it would be. I even felt quite proud because I earned a new experience as well as skill in wiring radios. And after talking with some of my friends about this topic, I realized that various people are still confused about how to wire a radio without harness. Therefore, I am writing this How-to article to show all of you the past-two-week experience. I’m sure you will learn it instantly after reading.

First, you need to prepare some equipment to follow this tutorial at the highest level of efficiency:

  • A car radio deck
  • A wire stripper
  • A tape (black tape would be best because it’s good at conducting electricity)

Now, let’s come to the action part. Before starting wiring, you need to know the function of each cable to have a smooth process of working.

How To Wire A Radio With No Harness

  • Power wires

These take the responsibility of turning your radio on, including the red, yellow, and black one. The yellow wire is constant power, which always keeps the battery at a stable situation. The black wire is ground cable, without which, your radio cannot run. And the red one holds an important position of a power cable which turns the radio on and off.

  • The antenna

It is a blue one, and its name is amp turn on wire or power antenna wire car stereo. I think it sounds a little familiar to you. The cable is responsible for connecting to the power antenna of the radio and controlling signals.

  • Brightness

There are two oranges cables taking care of this function. One is for illumination and the other with a white stripe is for dimmer. You should check your car if it had these wires to make the best choice when shopping. Some old cars don’t usually have them, so make sure you have a thorough overview before purchasing.

  • Speaker wires

These are quite simple because they lead sound from the radio to each speaker in your car. And they come in pairs, so it would be very convenient to distinguish.

  • White ones: For front left speakers
  • Gray ones: For front right speakers
  • Green ones: For rear left speakers
  • Purple ones: For rear right speakers

And they are always marked with stripes, so you won’t have to worry about making mistakes. The ones without stripes are connected with positive wires, and the others are negative.

All of the colors I mentioned are all international standardized; therefore, you don’t need to concern if your vehicle had different colors. I’m sure they will be easy to recognize. For more detailed explanation, you can watch this video:

We can start with wiring your radio harness with very comfortable phases.

Step 1: Cut the power

This move is always important because it protects you from being electrocuted. And you should do it no matter you are installing a subwoofer or an amp to your car. Make sure that the battery is disconnected by cutting the negative wire.

Step 2: Strip the wire insulation

The insulation can be broken anytime if you are not careful so diplomatic skills are particularly needed in this part. Just remove the insulation of each wire of the radio and your vehicle. And it depends on the length of the wires but usually, I cut the insulation in about one knuckle long. You can do the same thing if you want.

Step 3: Wiring

There are two types of wiring, depending on the structure of every vehicle.

The first type is a vehicle coming with a bunch of wires and no harness, which is just like the wires of the radio desk. If you have a one like this, find the cables with the same colors on the radio and your vehicle. Then, match them with each other by twisting their copper core. Finally, use the black tape to maintain them. Stick it around where two cables are connected with 5 to 6 laps, and you can try turning your radio on.

The second type has a tidier structure than the previous one, which contains only one wire. However, this cable has two heads, one of which is positive and the other is negative. You won’t need to look for the correct colors with this type. Just pay attention to the pairs. The red one will pair up with the yellow one, the black one with the blue one, and other wires already have their pairs. Now, just hook each wire up to the negative and positive cable, and you’ll be done. For example, you can hook the red one to the positive cable and the yellow one to the negative wire. Keep the process until all of the wires are attached to each other. And you will do the same way as the last type, which is twisting them and use the tape. You can watch this video for more instruction:

These steps are not so complicated, aren’t they? Pay attention a little and everything will work out.

One more tip for you is that you can use solder and tube to replace your tape. The tape is great, but solder is much more reliable. Just put the wire through a piece of the tube first, then twist and solder the core. Lastly, cover it with the tube you put in, and you have finished your most important task.

Conclusion

Have you found many useful things in my article?

I’m sure you will have the smoothest wiring process after my writing. So if you like it, do share it. Knowledge is to share, not to keep, right? And if you have any comments or questions, please leave them in these lines. I would be very glad to reply.

Regardless, thank you for reading my how-to article, and I hope to see you in my subsequent writing. Goodbye.

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How to Use a Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

Accutire MS 4021B digital tire pressure gauge

Getting the right tire pressure is something simple and very important in as far as overall tire performance of your car is concerned. When your tires are inflated properly, they provide you a longer life cycle, allow you proper steering control, better response on the road, improved fuel efficiency, and more importantly a smooth ride.

Inappropriate inflation of your tires is bound to give you challenges on the road, including premature wear and tear of your treads, and tire failure. The only way to deal with this accordingly is to check the tires on a regular basis.

With a pressure gauge, you have a better shot at ensuring your tires will perform at their peak. Without it, you cannot easily get the right tire pressure, neither can you know the right pressure for your car. There are different types of pressure gauges in the market, offering you convenient usage. Continue reading

How to Wash Car at Home

How to wash car at home

Washing your car at home is one of the most satisfying and relaxing things that you can do. You need to spare some time over the weekend for that, or at any other time when you are free. It is indeed an activity that needs devotion, that’s why you should spare some time for it.

One of the best things about washing your car at home is that you can make it more fun by involving the kids from time to time. It can also be a good learning experience for them. On your part, washing your car at home will be far cheaper than having a professional do the work for you. It also allows you to learn more about your car, the interior, and helps forge a strong personal bond between you and the car.

More often, all you will need to wash your car at home are the following:

  • Cleaning rags
  • Soap
  • Bucket

Other than these however, there might be other specialty applications that you will need, depending on the kind of aesthetics that your car deserves, or your preferences. The following tips should provide a step-by-step guide to help you wash your car at home easily: Continue reading

How to Protect Car Interior

How to protect car interiorMost car owners know how important it is to keep the interior clean and habitable. It is even more important if you have kids, or if you spend a lot of time in your car. A clean interior is not just good for aesthetic purposes, but will also prevent you from catching some common illnesses.

Fabric and carpet cleaning is one of the key areas where you have to pay attention. There is so much that you can look into when you think about this, in order to have the best outcome. Most people these days use upholstery protectors to help in maintenance after cleaning, for the following reasons:

  • They are quite affordable
  • Most of the products are effective
  • They are easy to use
  • They reduce stains, and prevent future staining
  • Are an incredible option for canvas convertible tops
  • Multiple uses in the house, other than your car

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How to Maintain Your Car

maintenance on the carProper care and maintenance are important if your car is to stay on the road for as long as you need it to. Those who will at some point plan to sell their cars and buy a new one understand how important this is, particularly when looking for a good resale value for the car. Other than the resale value, there is also the fact that a properly maintained car will keep you safer on the road, and in terms of aesthetics, nothing could be better than this.

You can in fact go so far in keeping your car in top condition. You basically need to follow some simple guidelines that we will outline in here, and everything else should be a walk in the park. The following are the 6 key areas that you have to pay attention to when thinking of doing some maintenance on the car:

  • Fluids
  • The interior
  • The brakes
  • Windows, mirrors and lights
  • Tires
  • Oil

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How to Clean Your Wheels And Tires

How to Clean Your Wheels And TiresContrary to what most drivers believe, cleaning your tires and wheels is more than just about the appearance of your wheels, it is also about maintenance. By allowing brake dust to settle on your tires for a long time, it soon eats into the coating (for those with coated tires), and eventually pits the metal. These are expenses that you can avoid rather easily, by regularly cleaning the tires.

Brake dust is a combination of carbon fibers and adhesive, which combine with minute metal shavings from the rotor. They come as a result of the friction produced by the wheels, making it a highly corrosive mixture. Since you drive each and every day, there is a good chance that brake dust settles on your tires each day, and perhaps without you knowing or noticing.

The following is a brief yet comprehensively effective guide that covers the steps you should follow when learning how to clean your wheels and tires Continue reading

How to Clean Your Car’s Interior With a Vacuum Cleaner

clean your car’s interior with a vacuum cleaner

No one wants to have an unsightly car, particularly the interior. Proper maintenance practices can help keep your vehicle looking good for a really long time. For someone who would perhaps wish to sell the vehicle at a later date, having an interior that looks newer helps you fetch an awesome price for the car. Other than that, think about the healthier environment you will be driving in, including a limited amount of dust, pollen or any other allergens that might be in your car, and you will appreciate the need for you to regularly vacuum your car.

The following is a brief guide that will make it easier for you to learn how to clean your car’s interior with a vacuum cleaner. Remember that this is something that you can easily do at home, so you do not need to spend on professional cleaning services. Continue reading

How To Polish A Car

How To Polish A Car

How To Polish A Car

Once you have learned How to Pick the Right Car Polisher Machine, you should know How to Polish a Car. For starters, some of these things might appear a bit extensive for you, or difficult, but with some practice, you will soon be able to get through it very easily. There are two different ways to polish your car:

  • Polishing by hand
  • Machine polishing

Ideally, a lot of people who polish their car will start by doing it by hand. This is in fact a good way for you to get firsthand experience, and learn the intricate details about your car. Once you get used to this, you can then advance to machine polishing, which is often considered a preserve for professionals.

Admittedly, you can get to do so much more within a shorter time period when you are using machine polishing than hand polishing. However, it is also understandable that most people do not have the funds, confidence or desire to jump into machine polishing just yet.

The good thing for those who love to polish by hand, is that modern polishing products have actually been improved from time to time, so you need a fair amount of effort to get the result you desire. In fact, if you know your way around your car and a few tricks here and there, you could achieve the same results as someone who uses Machine Polishing. Continue reading

How To Use A Car Polisher

 How To Use A Car Polisher

How To Use A Car Polisher

Once you have been able to pick the right car polisher machine, you need to know how to use a car polisher. It does not matter whether you want to use the hand polisher or the machine polisher, you must know how to use either of the alternatives effectively.

If you do not know how to use a polisher, chances are high that in the process of trying to give your car an awesome detail job, you might actually do some damage to it. On the other hand, you can also choose to get a professional polisher to do the work for you, but this could set you back financially.

We can actually hit two birds with the same stone by learning how to use a car polisher. When you do this, you will be able to do the polishing on your own properly, and at the same time you will save on money that you would have otherwise had to pay someone to do the work for you. Continue reading

How To Choose The Right Polisher For Your Car

How to choose the right polisher for your car

How to choose the right polisher for your car

Reading through this guide will help you learn how to choose the right polisher for your car detailing needs. There are different polishers for different tasks, from correction to maintenance, so it might be necessary for you to at least own more than one type of polisher for your car.

Waxing and polishing the car is not as simple as choosing between one product or the other. You have to think about things like whether to use paste or liquid, using a machine or use the polisher by hand, low priced products or premium products and so forth.

In terms of consumer experience, not all the products that are premium priced are usually better than the budget priced polishers. There are some abrasive polishers that could actually damage the paint finish on your car, particularly for the dark colored vehicles.

In order to help you choose the right polisher that will give your car a glossy smooth perfect finish without causing damage to the paint job, the tips herein will guide you accordingly: Continue reading