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Car Stereo Wire Colors- Detailed Guide by Stereo Authority

Car Stereo Wire Colors

In this article, I will explain in detail how to identify aftermarket Car Stereo Wire Colors and attach them properly. If you have recently bought a new car stereo and now planning to install it, then this article is for you. Many fellows get confused when it comes to identifying car stereo wires properly by their colors.

Car Stereo Wire Colors

So let us start by identifying different colors of car stereo wires.

  • Orange: This represents Constant 12V+
  • Yellow: This represents Switched 12V+
  • Black: This represents Ground.
  • Gray: This shows Illumination
  • Brown: This shows Dimmer
  • Right Front: This represents Antenna

And the list goes on, so I have decided to make a chart for this.

Car Stereo Wire Colors Chart

It is essential to understand the color code for car stereo wires if you are planning to install an aftermarket car stereo at home. If you mess up with the wires, it can lead to short circuit resulting in damaging the entire circuit. Carefully read the whole article and then also check with the instruction manual that came with the new car stereo.

This is a dedicated chart for Car Stereo Wire Colors. Now, this sequence is followed in the majority of car stereos, still, I recommend that you should carefully read the instructions manual. Here is the Car Stereo Wire Colors chart by Stereo Authority:

Car Stereo Wire  Car Stereo Wire Colors
Constant 12V+ Orange 
Switched 12V+ Yellow 
Ground Black 
Illumination Gray 
Dimmer Brown 
Antenna Right Front 
Front Speakers 6 1/2″ Doors
Left Front (+) Tan 
Left Front (-) Gray 
Right Front (+) Light Green 
Right Front (-) Dark Green 
Rear Speakers 6 1/2″ Rear Deck
Left Rear (+) Brown 
Left Rear (-) Yellow 
Right Rear (+) Dark Blue 
Right Rear (-) Light Blue 

Final Words 

Understanding car stereo wire colors are essential if you are adding a new car stereo by yourself. You do not want to end up screwing the entire electric setup. Now all these different color represent something and it should be added or placed at the required port. I have already mentioned above in car stereo wire colors chart about the identification and feature of every wire.

I hope after reading this detailed article on Car Stereo Wire Colors, now you will have a better understanding of how things work with car stereo wires. You can always contact me if you have any question related to car audio accessories, I will not only answer you, but I will publish a detailed article on your question. 

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Good luck.

Team- Stereo Authority

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