soldering with numb fingers

17Jan11

finally got around to doing something about the matrix’s piss poor stock audio system.  the thing has a button that says AUX on it but doesn’t actually do anything.  nor does it have a 3.5 mm jack like it ought to.  so, rather than trying to find a decent FM transmitter (which would be nigh impossible to use as every frequency ever in toronto is occupied) i decided to throw in some ghetto new stereo deck and save myself the trouble:

thing works like a charm, notwithstanding the left front speaker (fuck) and the radio.  the stock antenna, of course, is decidedly incompatible with the aftermarket unit’s antenna port.  the adapter just arrived in the mail, though, so next time i crack the dash open i hope i can get the radio receiving and the left front working in one go.  getting the deck out is a major hassle, after all.

for those who may be interested, here are the colour codes i found for the wiring.  modifiedlife has these for just about everything.  seems to be accurate, although the left front speaker is of course not working so i can’t guarantee that it’s right.  not that i would guarantee it anyway.

edit: the left front speaker worked after i took the deck out to put in the antenna adaptor.  seems like everything’s perfect.

Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Blue/White
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Gray
Car Radio Ground Wire: Brown
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Green
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: White/Black
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: Black
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: Under the front passenger seat.
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Violet
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Black
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Red
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): White

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