How to Connect an Alpine Car CD Player to a Sony 10 CD Changer

Written by jule pamplin
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For many car owners, the ability to play hours of music without the worry of changing CDs is an appealing option. One way to achieve this control is by connecting a Sony 10 CD changer to your vehicle's stereo deck. Alpine units are equipped to control many different components, making the marriage with a Sony CD changer a relatively seamless coupling. You can have a technician at an aftermarket retailer perform the installation, or you can connect the Alpine CD player to the Sony 10 CD changer yourself and save the cost of labour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver (or 10mm wrench)
  • Trim panel tool
  • Wiring harness adaptor
  • Patch cables

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable (or grounding cable) from the vehicle's battery. The grounding cable is the black cable that connects the battery to the frame of the vehicle. Use a Phillips head screwdriver or 10mm wrench to loosen the bolt on the cable's clamp. Remove the clamp from the battery's negative lead post.

  2. 2

    Remove the Alpine CD player from the dash of the vehicle. Removal procedures vary; see your vehicle's owner's manual for specific instructions.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the wiring at the rear of the Alpine deck. If there is already a wiring harness adaptor used to connect the unit, you do not have to disconnect everything else first. If there is no adaptor, after you have disconnected the wiring groups at the rear of the Alpine stereo, connect the wiring harness adaptor and replace the wiring groups.

    The wiring harness adaptor provides a universal platform for connecting components regardless of make or model.

  4. 4

    Connect the patch cables to the wiring harness adaptor. These cables will provide the control for the Sony 10 CD changer.

  5. 5

    Run the patch cables to the location of the Sony CD changer and connect them.

  6. 6

    Reinstall the Alpine deck into the dash of the vehicle.

  7. 7

    Reconnect the grounding cable to the negative lead post of the vehicle's battery. Use a Phillips head screwdriver or 10mm wrench to tighten the bolt on the cable's clamp.

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