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04-09-2015 02:24 PM
jeduncan14083 Has anyone else had an issue with the metra installation plate sagging? Both my car and my brother's ('08 & '10) have had this issue where there is basically a gap between the vent and the late and I can't figure out how to fix it.
04-07-2015 11:39 PM
Kimseu Hey I have 2008 Ford Focus coupe that I just installed a alpine Apple car play touch screen stereo the harness is 100% correct why isn't it working?
Why are there 3 plugs for factory stereo?
I'm getting pretty frustrated with this thing it won't power on!
02-10-2015 08:52 PM
flemoids Heya. I stumbled on this thread hoping someone had figured out a solution or the LCD display on top. Did not find an answer for that but thought I would add that when I put in subs, I found a switched wire that I'm assuming is for factory sub on the passenger side by the rear speakers. It works fine for a remote amp turn on smothered no need for the add a fuse junk.i also saw someone looking for variable voltage. Probe around on the wires going to the bottom plastic filler panel at the bottom left of the dash kit. I found a wire that's tied into the dimmer around there. This is an 08 base model coupe.
01-25-2015 02:35 PM
jcoonan1 Very helpful. I'm assuming I can use the same process to get to the heater core as it is right under the radio. Question though is do I need to remove any thing else on the dash in order to release the housing above the core?
01-09-2015 03:00 PM
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I just replaced the stock radio for an aftermarket and let me tell you it was very interesting! I paid about $30 for the dash kit, $9 for the wiring harness and $5 for the antena. I had not clue what I was about to get myself into! I wired up my harness and double checked everything twice. Once the wires were all crimped up I plugged the radio in and got nothing. So confused I relooked over everything and thought I may have gotten the wrong harness. I looked and looked and looked online to find a website to backtrack the correct harness and finally found that Amazon had one. After trying to diagnose why the radio wasn't turning on, it came down to the red ground cable goes to absolutely no where on the harnesses. So the only way to wire it up to work is to run both wires to the fuse box in the engine compartment or you can do what I did which is ran it to an excisting rocker switch I had for under dash LED lights! None of the companys that sell the harness seem to put a warning or discloser about the non working/excisting positive (red) wire not working off the harness! After all the confusion and aggravation I finally have the radio up and running and its a huge difference! Hopefully nobody else runs into the same problem I did! _Brandon (2008 Ford Focus SE)
this is the same issue we are all going to have because the remote power/ignition switched 12v is on another harness the factory radio uses 2 separate harness one for the audio and such and the other for the display on the dash. i believe it uses that as its switched power source i used a fuse inside the cab i cannot remember which one but i know its on the far left corner and i used a fuse extension with wire attached know it works perfectly with the way the radio is supposed to run factory or aftermarket. im not sure about your antenna tho i didn't have to use one but im sure thats due to the aftermarket radio
01-08-2015 11:56 PM
FocusFan73 I just replaced the stock radio for an aftermarket and let me tell you it was very interesting! I paid about $30 for the dash kit, $9 for the wiring harness and $5 for the antena. I had not clue what I was about to get myself into! I wired up my harness and double checked everything twice. Once the wires were all crimped up I plugged the radio in and got nothing. So confused I relooked over everything and thought I may have gotten the wrong harness. I looked and looked and looked online to find a website to backtrack the correct harness and finally found that Amazon had one. After trying to diagnose why the radio wasn't turning on, it came down to the red ground cable goes to absolutely no where on the harnesses. So the only way to wire it up to work is to run both wires to the fuse box in the engine compartment or you can do what I did which is ran it to an excisting rocker switch I had for under dash LED lights! None of the companys that sell the harness seem to put a warning or discloser about the non working/excisting positive (red) wire not working off the harness! After all the confusion and aggravation I finally have the radio up and running and its a huge difference! Hopefully nobody else runs into the same problem I did! _Brandon (2008 Ford Focus SE)
12-21-2014 01:26 PM
lafountain I apologize in advance for bringing an old thread back from the dead. In picture 3 it shows the 12V sockets. My right side one had the retaining ring break off and push the socket into the area behind it completely and I can't get to it. Is there a way to get to this without going through the full disassembly shown or do I have to nearly remove the whole stereo to get to that part to fix it?
05-29-2014 05:19 PM
badazz2010focus yeah cause it's can bus
05-28-2014 08:12 AM
ohwhell1 I got to make a quick response here (I have just spent a few hours working on a new navigation system for my 2011 SEL w/Sync (not the sony GPS touch screen radio)

OMG the radio inputs are Data Bus two wires you need are the
red/white 12+ hot
the Black GRD (ground to that bolt thats on the left side)
THERE IS NO ACC WIRE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This vehicle uses the can data network for accessory turn on.
You can find a Acc wire at the steering column its purple and green. Works awesome.

DONT BUY ALL THESE ADAPTER'S FOR YOUR RADIO FOR ((($30-$60-$90-$150))) WASTE OF MONEY.
The only adapter you might want is the steering wheel adapter (only if your new radio can hook up to that too))

all the rest
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): White/Brown
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Violet
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): White/Ora
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Green
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown/White
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Blue

Also Ive been working on finding the Dimmer wire (Theres not one of those either) Ill post when I find out that colored wire and post it.


I hope this helps. it took me awhile but I wanted to share how to save money.
James
12-31-2013 10:26 AM
Deja Rico Jr. hate to post in an old thread, but does anyone know how to unhook the cigarette lighters? I've got everything else out and I'm about to just cut the wires...
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