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98 Grand Jeep Cherokee Radio issues

Discussion in 'Grand Cherokee' started by Engaged user, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Apr 6, 2017 at 3:44 PM
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    I installed an aftermarket radio in my jeep, while installing I touched the ground wire to the power wire and created a little spark while the car was hot. The radio won't turn on and seems like it's not getting any power, I put a different radio in thinking I short circuited my new radio but this one still seems to not have any power. I figured the problem would have been a fuse but I have checked all over and cannot find anything.... HELP!!!
     
  2. Apr 6, 2017 at 5:46 PM
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    Get a tester or test light and see if that wire is hot. Pictures help.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2017 at 8:22 PM
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    Welcome!
     
  4. Apr 6, 2017 at 8:26 PM
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    I found this....Maybe it might help?

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  5. Apr 6, 2017 at 8:26 PM
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  6. Apr 6, 2017 at 10:09 PM
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    I have already checked all of the fuses and there hasn't been a blown one. I put the wires on a multi meter but it read nothing.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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    There could be a fusible link. Has anything else lost power, or just the radio hot wire. Are you testing it with the key on? Some radios have a hot and a switched hot going to them, most have just a switched hot so if the key is not on it won't register on the meter.
     
  8. Apr 7, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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    No it is only the radio that has lost power and yes I have my key on when I multimetered the wire
     
  9. Apr 7, 2017 at 10:23 AM
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    Is that hot wire a switched hot. If it were me and I was finally frustrated with trying to figure it out, I would find another switched hot and tap into it.
     
  10. May 19, 2017 at 10:18 PM
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    Dunno if you are still having issues, but if you touched the ground and Ign or memory power lead together you most definitely burned out a fuse. Whether it is the factory fuse or an in-line fuse from the new wiring harness, something is burned. It is always best to find and replace the factory fuse than to tap into a different circuit. If it is in a Cherokee, there is a fuse panel inside the cabin as well as one under the hood. Check them both and find the bad fuse to restore your stereo. ;)
     
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