How to Wire a Clarion CD Player

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How to Wire a Clarion CD Player
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Electronics manufacturer Clarion produces a range of aftermarket car stereos. These stereos contain the latest features, allowing the car owner to customise their sound system and keep it up to date with the latest technology. Installing a Clarion CD player requires adapting the car wiring and radio to enable them to function together.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Wire harness adaptor specific to the car model
  • Radio antenna adaptor specific to the car model

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  1. 1

    Protect yourself from electric shock. Twist off the negative cable from the car battery using an adjustable wrench.

  2. 2

    Connect the wire harness coming from the back right hand side of the radio, to a wire harness adaptor. Click the connection together. A wire harness contains the power wire, speaker wires and ground wire. Check the Clarion instructions to ensure that the wires are located in the correct slots in the wire harness.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the wire harness adaptor to the wire harnesses coming from the dashboard of the car. Click the connection together.

  4. 4

    Adapt the radio antenna cable if required. Connect a radio antenna adaptor to the thick black radio antenna cable coming out of the dashboard. Insert the adapted cable into the radio antenna port on the left hand side of the back of the radio.

  5. 5

    Feed the wiring into the dashboard housing. Take care where you route the wires ensuring that no bar wire is touching the metal chassis of the car. Follow the wiring in with the CD player head unit, taking care not to trap the wires. Click the CD player into place in the dashboard. Reconnect the negative cable to the car battery. Turn on the CD player.

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