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Old 08-01-2004   #1
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My First head unit install help!

I have installed a Kenwood KDC-M6021G into my Stilo. I have never installed a audio system before and thought it looked quite easy but after doing it the unit seems dead and will not power on.

The factory fitted model had 2 sockets with wires connected to it, one was black one was white. I removed these from the factory model and plugged them into an adaptor which came with the new system. These had a smaller end to plug into the kenwood unit. The arial was streight forward. They are plugged in the right way arround because the will only go in one way. Nothing happend after pressing the SRC button, i started up the car and tried to power it on and still got nothing.

I plugged the old unit back in and it worked fine.

I am new to this and would appreciate any help, have I missed somthing obvious?
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the socket bit that came with the kenwood is probably an ISO socket (well if it isnt then its very strange...) and I dont know but maybe the socket in the stilo isnt an ISO. does it actually fit exactly? if not then its wrong. Goto halfords and they will be able to give you the right adaptor to convert a stilo socket to an ISO.

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Thanks, but I think its ISO they plugged in and fitted perfectly. There are however a yellow and red cable with strange plugs on the end which are seprate from the other cables, do you need to do anything with these?
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Yellow and red coloured cable are usually the power cable - one will be switched and one will be a permanant live. So the reason your new unit doesn't work is probably due to it having no power supply!!
Your best bet is to spend an hour or two with an electrical tester and the head unit's wiring diagram, working out which connectors on the head unit are for the power feeds, and testing the yellow and red cable to see which is switched (should go to +12v when the ignition's on, most head units switch on when this is powered up and it's the main power supply to the unit) and which is permanent live (should be +12v all the time - it's there to keep your head unit from losing the radio presets etc ).
Then just find a way to connect these supplies to the corresponding connections on the new unit and you should be sorted.

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He is new to head unit installs so lets baffle him with technical jargon [:0]

Putting it simply, there is an adapter available for any car, and every headunit nowadays, so check out audioleads range, usually can be found at Halfords. You may well have AN adapter for that headunit but its clearly the wrong one! Hope this helps :)

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Thanks guys. Basically there was indeed a yellow wire which was cinnected by 2 sockets and a red wire connected the same with a separate red wire comming off it with a plug in the end. I had to unplug the yellow one and plug it into the spare red one. It works!!!! Thanks for your help......this forum is a great idea.
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