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Car stereos and speakers are audio and video system designed for automobiles. They are commonly composed of two speakers and a stereo system but are also expandable depending on the user’s preference or needs.

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What are the Radio and Speaker wiring diagrams - color coding for the speaker wiring on a 1986-2005 Taurus Sable?

Radio & Speaker Wiring Info

2001-2005 Ford Taurus Car Radio Stereo Wiring Diagram

  • Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Green/Black
    Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Black/Pink
    Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Green
    Car Radio Illumination Wire: N/A
    Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
    Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: N/A
    Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
    Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A

    Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 6x8
    Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Doors
    Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Green
    Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue/White
    Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan/Green
    Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Green/Orange

    Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 6x8
    Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Deck
    Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Gray/Blue
    Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Yellow
    Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Black/Violet
    Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Orange/Violet


1997-2000 Ford Taurus Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram

  • Radio Constant 12V+ Wire: Green/Yellow
    Radio Switched 12V+ Wire: Yellow/Black
    Radio Ground Wire: Black/Light Green
    Radio Illumination Wire: Light Blue/Red
    Radio Power Antenna Trigger Wire: Orange/Light Blue

    Front Speakers Size: 5″ x 7″
    Front Speakers Location: Doors
    Left Front Speaker Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
    Left Front Speaker Wire (-): Light Blue/White
    Right Front Speaker Wire (+): White/Light Green
    Right Front Speaker Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange

    Rear Speakers Size: 5" x 7"
    Rear Speakers Location: Deck
    Left Rear Speaker Wire (+): Gray/Light Blue
    Left Rear Speaker Wire (-): Tan/Yellow
    Right Rear Speaker Wire (+): Orange/Red
    Right Rear Speaker Wire (-): Brown/Pink

1992-1996 Ford Taurus Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram

  • Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Light Green/Yellow
    Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black
    Car Radio Ground Wire: Black or Black/Light Green
    Car Radio Illumination Wire: Light Blue/Red
    Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: Orange/Light Blue

    Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 6x8"
    Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Doors
    Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
    Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White
    Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green
    Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange

    Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 6" x 8"
    Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Rear Deck
    Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Light Green
    Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Blue/Orange
    Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Light Blue
    Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Tan/White

1986-1991 Ford Taurus Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram

  • Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Green/Yellow
    Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black
    Car Radio Ground Wire: Red or Black
    * 1990-1991 Ground Wire: Black/Light Green
    Car Radio Illumination Wire: Blue/Red
    Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: Orange/Blue

    Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 3 ½"
    *1990-1991 Front Speaker Size: 5 1/4"
    Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Dash
    Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Green
    Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue/White
    Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Green
    Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Green/Red

    Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 9" x 9"
    Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Rear Deck
    Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Green
    Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue/Orange
    Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Blue
    Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Red

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If you are installing a new radio, do yourself a huge favor and don't cut those wires!

Purchase a radio wiring harness, which will include the information about what wires are for what, and vastly simplify the entire process!

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Haynes has a generic stereo wiring diagram in the back of their books but as for the actual wiring of the stereo itself, I don't know.

or go to www.modifiedlife.com it has alot of different wiring diagrams

This may help a little if you haven't had an answer yet. I had to rewire my aftermarket stereo to work with the '98 Taurus which uses basically the same system as a '96 model. Although some of my color coding isn't the OEM standard so it won't help you here. You need to buy a new speaker harness if you are changing out the stereo because first off, the tuner is in the back of the car on the driver side trunk. The radio is actually just a receiver in this model of vehicle between the years of 1996-1999. There is no antenna line running to the front. But, if you need to know the wire colors start writing them down; you can find the speaker wires on the left plug that is going into the tuner (in the trunk).

This may help: http://www.modifiedlife.com/1997-ford-taurus-car-radio-stereo-wiring-diagram/

I couldn't find one for the 1996, but like I said, it should be about the same if not exact.

If you need more help, talk to a specialist at a local car audio shop.

Steven S

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Answer

http://www.installdr.com/Harnesses/Ford-Wiring.pdf

or

http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/FLM/PDF/356011.pdf

2000 Wiring

speakers are as follows:

Front Left: Orange/Lt Green (+) Blue/White (-)

Front Right: White/Green (+) Green/Orange (-)

Rear Left: Grey/Blue (+) Tan/Yellow (-)

Rear Right: Orange/Red (+) Brown/pink (-)

Constant 12v+ Green/Yellow

Switched 12v+ Yellow/Black

Ground Black/Green

The "Brain" for this radio is in the rear left quarter panel.. they piece in the dash is just a display and cassette player..

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Speaker size for 1997

6x8

The front speakers located in the front doors I believe are 6 inch speakers. The rear speakers are 6 inch X 9 inch speakers.

1992-93 Mercury Sable Stereo Wiring:

Front Speakers 6 1/2" Doors (2x) Rear Speakers 5" x 7" Rear Deck (2x)

Constant 12V+ Green/Yellow Switched 12V+ Yellow/Black Ground Black/Light Green Illumination Light Blue/Red Dimmer n/a Antenna Trigger Orange/Blue Antenna Right Front Left Front (+) Orange/Light Green Left Front (-) Light Blue/White Right Front (+) White/Light Green Right Front (-) Dark Green/Orange Left Rear (+) Pink/Light Green Left Rear (-) Dark Blue/Orange Right Rear (+) Pink/Light Blue Right Rear (-) Tan/White

Most of the speakers are 5X7 (6X8 is considered the same). For the exact answer you can go to Crutchfield.com and use there site to figure it out, you just type in the make and model and they will tell you exactly what size each speaker is.

Crutchfield.com is an audio and video retailer specializing in cars. They have powerful tools for determining what fits each and every vehicle, including speakers.

On the homepage, point at the "Car Audio and Video" menu and select "Outfit My Car". Follow those prompts and you'll know the specifications for each component in your Sable.

Btw, I'm a very satisfied customer of theirs. Awesome customer service and very competitive pricing.

1992 Radio wiring diagram
http://taurus-club.ru/manuals/Ford_Taurus_1992_wiring.pdf




Just a small correction and amplification on the speaker sizes in a '94 Taurus. The rears are 6 x 8 and the fronts are 6 1/2. This is from my Chiltons and Crutchfield. Steve H.

Go to www.the12volt.com they will have your diagram for free...
1995 Ford Taurus Car Stereo Wiring Diagram Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Light Green/Yellow

Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black

Car Radio Ground Wire: Black

Car Radio Illumination Wire: Light Blue/Red

Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A

Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: Orange/Light Blue

Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A

Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A

Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A

Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A

Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green

Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White

Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green

Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange

Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A

Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A

Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Light Green

Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Blue/Orange

Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink/Light Blue

Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Tan/White


www.the12volt.com look for diagrams
I can't quite remember the exact colours of the wires, But I can tell you that the actual stereo is located in the trunk of the car, above the left wheel well. That is where you'll find your speeker wires if that is what you're looking for. After you locate them, I'm sure you can figure out wich is wich

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What is the blue book value of soundesign speakers Z 1200 B?

am unaware of any "Blue Book" for stereo equipment. Since the speakers were made for Radio Shack, I would venture they are not worth very much.

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What is the PIN for talktool bt2800?

1234

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Does the ribbed wire connect to the positive or negative on a light fixture?

On a molded 2- or 3-wire line cord the ribbed conductor is the neutral conductor. On a polarized 2-prong plug it will be connected to the wider blade. On some line cords the neutral conductor may have a white stripe instead of ribs.

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What does rem mean on an amplifier?

On an amplifier, rem. usually stands for remote. For an automotive audio amplifier, the remote connection could be for a gain remote. This is usually a dial at one end and a phone jack like connection on the other. This allows you to turn down the gain or volume on the amplifier wherever you wish to mount the remote. If there is a terminal (screw and clamp for attaching wires) under the rem label, then it is for remote shut off. The remote shut off for external amps for like subs or higher end speakers connects a thin blue wire from the head unit or radio to the amplifier. For head units or radios, the remote connection connects to the ignition system. Both of these allow the amplifier to shut off while the key or radio is in the off status. For home theater amplifiers the remote connection could be for a few things. It could be for an IR or Infrared receiver, or to be controlled from another device. These two usually is a 3.5 millimeter female jack terminal. If it looks like a 2 prong 110V receptacle, it will cut the power to another device when the amplifier shuts off.

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How do you remove the battery from a 2002 Saturn LS?

First you have to slide off the computer looking thing in front of the battery, you should then see the metal plate it was attached to - which is also holding down the battery... simply remove it with a wrench and disconect the battery cables (black first) and the battery should slide right out.

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How do you ground the parking brake wire to watch movies?

I always wire it with the ground on the radio harness but this is not legal! My tv is low on the dash so I don't worry about. It should be wired to the emergency hand brake safety switch but most wire it to a toggle switch under the dash to turn it off and on. If you want to do it the switch route, get a 2 prong switch and wire one side to a ground or any metal under the dash and the other end to the parking brake wire on the back of the radio.

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How do you open car CD player?

It depends on either its screwed or glued if its glued sorry but you cant take it out ! If its screwed then unscrew it and unplug it hten its out!

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Can you hook up subs to factory jeep stereo?

Yu can hook subs up any where but to a stock the power output wont be much so they wont really hit

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How do you repair or replace the power antenna on a 1998 Toyota 4Runner?

If the antenna does not motor in and out, it can be the antenna mast OR the motor assembly. Usually you can hear the motor moving and if so, it may be ok. It is probably a broken or worn out or badly installed antenna cable. The antenna mast has a nylon sprocket cable that winds in the motor assembly and that sometimes break or wears out so you need to replace the integrated antenna mast-nylon cable assembly.

To replace the antenna mast or to reinstall the mast, you must first remove the nut on top of the antenna by using needle nose pliers. Turn the radio on while pulling on the antenna, it should come off easily and the nylon cable protrudes at the bottom, pull on it and you should see about 1-2 feet of cable.

If the cable is ok and not broken or worn out, perhaps it was badly installed (or it is actually broken and a piece of it is in the motor spool). The sprockets need to point in a particular direction (try front or side) to work properly. Reinstall and check for proper operation.

To reinstall, turn the radio off and feed into the hole while the motor is winding, it should be caught and reeled right in. If problems continue, you need to replace the mast or perhaps the nylon cable is broken inside the spool in the motor assembly

The mast is relatively cheap online and can be installed as described above.

To get to the motor assembly you need to access it from the fender. Remove the cover of the wheel well (that prevents mud/water from entering the engine compartment) and the motor assembly will be accessible. Remove one screw to drop the assembly. If you need to change the assembly, this is it.

If you are to change the antenna mast and there is some broken cable inside, continue by removing the plastic cover to uncover the assembly. There is a black plastic cover on top that you must then remove to access the wheel that winds the antenna nylon cable. Now you can remove the broken cable.

http://www.antennamastsrus.com/Instructions%20Mast.htm

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Can you wire a guitar amp as car sub woofer?

You can wire it but the problem is a guitar amp is for higher sound so if u listen to rock with it you should be alright but if you are looking for bass go to a bass amp or just get a 12 inch sub in a ported box its going to be toltally diff sound

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How difficult is it to replace your car stereo?

Replacing a car stereo is not a difficult process. All you need to do is take off the face plate, unscrew the radio, and unhook the wires. Then place the new stereo in, hook up the wires, screw the new stereo in, and replace the face plate.

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What is the biggest sub woofer you can put in car?

try the KICKER SOLO X 10000 Watt SQUARE 18" SUBWOOFER! it's HUGE and loud

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If you mix a 1000 watt speaker with a 2500 watt speaker will they make a 3500 watt speaker?

No.

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How much do kicker ten inch sub woofers cost?

It depends on the type; L5, L7,CVR,CXR Solo-X. The cheaper 1 is around $80.00 each. The upper price one is $699.00 each.

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Can 270 watt speakers damage a 125 watt amp?

Not unless the speakers are rated at a resistance (ohms) that is incompatible with the amp. Speakers don't generate power, the rating only tells you how much they can handle. So, speakers capable of up to 270 watts, can certainly handle 125 watts. However, if the amp is not 1-ohm stable and the speakers are 1-ohm, you could cause the amp to cut out and overheat depending on the protection mechanism of the amp.

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Could a sub blow if they are wired wrong?

It is certainly important to wire a sub-bass unit correctly to ensure it receives the right signal from the right amplifier. However, swapping the wires to the speaker will not damage the speaker. It will adversely affect the system sound quality but a speaker wired back to front will not be damaged by the wiring.

One of the prime reasons for any speaker to be damaged is receiving a distorted signal from an amplifier. An amplifier that is over-driven will produce a clipped output signal at a high power level. This is one of the signals that can do most damage to a speaker.

Professional sound systems often use amplifiers that have a maximum power output significantly higher than the speaker's maximum power rating. This ensures that clipped signals will never be delivered to the speaker and avoids one of the common problems of speaker damage.

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Should two 12 inch insignia sub speakers be ported?

i love ported boxes because it's less wear and tear on the subs because the air isn't pushing against the sub, but leaving the port. so i found out that you get a louder, better performance with ported boxes.

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Which is better car stereo Sony or kenwood?

Kenwood. Sony is garbage.

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How do you take the stock stereo out of an 01 Alero?

the first thing you'll need to do is to pry up the shiter display, disconnect the light and the ETS button. Apply praking brake, key in the ignition, foot on brake, move shifter into 1st gear. Gently lift shifter up and to the left. It will get caught on the radio trim, but will move with some gentle persuasion.

the radio trim has several clips that hold it in place. Start at the bottom and gently pull on the trim. you may have to gently rock it side to side as you pull.

Once the trim is free you will have to disconnect the heat/AC controls. if you choose not to disconnect them, turn the trim on it's side.

The radio will have 3 bolts holding it in. Does your radio have the THEFTLOCK system? If so, look in your manual for instructions on what to do.

The system prevents your radio from being installed in another car. If it is the display will say LOCKED!

you.

The first thing you'll need to do is to pry up the shiter display, disconnect the light and the ETS button. Apply praking brake, key in the ignition turn on do not start, foot on brake, move shifter into 1st gear. Gently lift shifter display up and to the left. It will get caught on the radio trim, but will move with some gentle persuasion.

The radio trim has several clips that hold it in place. Start at the bottom and gently pull on the trim. You may have to gently rock it side to side as you pull.

Once the trim is free you will have to disconnect the heat/AC controls. If you choose not to disconnect them, turn the trim on it's side.

The radio will have 3 bolts holding it in. Does your radio have the THEFTLOCK system? If so, look in your manual for instructions on what to do.

The system prevents your radio from being installed in another car. If it is the display will say LOCKED!

you.

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Can you use regular electrical wire instead of speaker wire?

Yes.

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How do you set the clock on a Pioneer DEH-P760MP?

Turn off the stereo then push the menu button on some models this is the volume dial, if yours pushes in, the it will ask you if you want to set the clock or any other options listed there.

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How do you hook up a 1 farad capacitor to your amp?

A FARAD IS HUGE TO BEGIN WITH connect to amp? what an amplifier, output input?: people answer this question with no idea of what is the question .Answer 1You first have to determine which side of the cap is positive and which side is negative. You run a wire from the negative side to the chassis and for the positive side you run a cable from the battery to the terminal and from the terminal to the amp. so that the two positive wires join together on the positive terminal of the cap. Be careful not to mix up positive and negative on the cap because it could explode and cause damage. Answer 2Because the capacitor is used to filter changes in supply voltage to the amp, the capacitor should be as close to the amp as possible, and connected with heavy wiring. The capacitor also acts as a huge reservoir to supply lots of current as the amp signal hits high levels. By providing plenty of current when it is needed, distortion in the sound is minimized.

The key is lots of capacitance, as close to the amp as possible, and thick cables capable of carrying lots of current.

Answer 3Be very careful with that thing. The current output of a capacitor is the product of capacitance, in this case 1, and the change in voltage with time. Thus, if you do something to cause a quick change in voltage with that, you will get a very large current spike, possibly hundreds or even thousands of amps.

Also note for this reason you should really pre charge capacitors of this size. Let's say you have 1 ought wire run from your battery to the cap, with a resistance of .001 ohms. (I actually have no idea what the resistance of your wire is, I just made that up for argument's sake) When you connect the discharged capacitor, you are causing an instantaneous change in voltage. (IE dv/dt equals infinity) This means that the capacitor will appear to the circuit as a dead short. Thus, the _only_ thing limiting your current flow is the wire. Ohm's law states V equals IR. As the wire is only 0.001 ohms and the system is 12V, this means that when you connect that cap to your car battery it will ["try to"-j3h] draw 12000 amps. I don't think that's good for any part of your system.

The solution? Get a resistor and charge the cap through it. The resistor will limit the current flowing into the capacitor until it is fully charged. Then it is safe to connect as the potential between the capacitor and the battery will be 0VDC. A light bulb will work very well for this task, if you don't have any power resistors laying around. This will lengthen the life of both your battery and your capacitor. Also note that if you have a fuse between the battery and the cap, the surge current will blow the fuse without pre charging. If you have a switch or relay in between the cap and the battery, a pre charge circuit must be used as the surge current will weld the contacts closed. (I've seen it)

Answer 4Hi -Don't mind me but fortunately a car battery really can't put out 12,000 amps due to the limiting source impedance of the battery- You might get only a thousand amps at best !!!!(using thevian and norton theory)-

OK this is still dangerous. OK like a lot dangerous but the internal resistance of the source, the battery its self is also a part of the equation- Dead shorting a battery is bad news- also you might consider the time constant to charge the cap !!! Tc= R times C (five usually required for full charge)

Answer 5

In each "Time constant" (T) the potential on the capacitor will increase .67 of the remaining way to the battery potential. If the limiting resister is large, this could take minutes, if small then milliseconds. You want a few seconds.

Yeah LIKE anybody can go out and buy one. 1 farad is very big to charge that thing, it will take forever if and one volt supplied from a one ohms source and 1 ohm 1 x 1 x 5 = 5 seconds. Now it is almost fully charged. Some people just don't pay attention to what they read I guess. How to connect it to the input a very Good short for a very long time at the output the same results

Answer 6

First of all I'm going to say all you have to do is make sure that you use thick oxygen free car audio wire. I did a reinstall the other day and someone had used 220v household cable to wire their amp! Who does that? that being said single -aught is going to be efficient enough for all of you 1 farad guys it's easy just make sure pos to pos and neg to neg and for goodness sake charge the thing before you use it. If you read up on this page somebody has already taken the time to explain the ohms law and how to blow up your battery so be careful.

Answer if it is a capacitor made for a car amp the have a circuit board on top so they will not instantly charge off the battery they will charge slowly till they are full on their own that's how they were designed.

Re; Answer 6. What on earth is "oxygen-free audio wire"? I have assembled a good deal of industrial electrical and electronic equipment over the years, much of it to tight quality-control specifications, and NEVER has that description appeared anywhere. And this is equipment needing better quality than in a hi-fi. Those peddling it have found a nifty way to charge over the odds for... plain, or perhaps tinned, copper wire. Yes, some copper is treated to remove any included oxygen but that is for heavy sheet and profile sections purely for welding, to prevent brittle welds: its electrical properties are not affected. It matters in some parts of an audio circuit that the leads are screened against interference, and the wire should be bright or tinned in connections because surface oxide will degrade the connection and may even introduce odd partial-rectification problems, but the notion that it has to be some magical "oxygen-free audio wire" is a myth and a con.

Careful not to exceed the Caps voltage rating. 1 farad caps typically are a low voltage device.

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Can you install your Bose car speakers myself?

Bose car speakers can be installed without having a professional do it for you. Included are instructions so that you are able to install them correctly.

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What are the stereo wiring color codes for an 1986 Toyota Camry?

The answer is right here- http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs/Toyota/Camry.html

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