Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Radio Wire Harnesses
NOTE Regarding Ford Wire Colors:
Most major auto makers use the same wire colors year after year . However, Ford does not consistently use the same wire colors. Two identical vehicles can have different wire colors depending upon the year of the vehicle where different models may have completely different wire colors from all other Ford vehicles. Ford uses 3 wiring configurations which makes it difficult to accurately show correct radio wire configurations and wire colors.
Standard wire harness connectors: this connector design is for basic radios but many times one vehicle model has different wire colors from another vehicle model. Premium or amplified wire harness connectors: these connectors are used with JBL, Mach, and other Ford amplified radio systems. One connector has all wires contained inside a gray data cable and these wires should never be cut. Common ground wiring: Older Ford vehicles used a common ground wiring method or in other words they only used one ground wire for all speakers in the vehicle. This wiring method should be obsolete and will not be shown in this sheet.
Typical Ford In Dash Wire Color
"Typical" New Radio Equivalent Wire Color
Blue White w/ Blue Stripe White Blue w/ White Stripe Red w/ Blue Stripe White w/ Blue Stripe Blue w/ Orange Stripe Purple Do Not Use For This Vehicle Do Not Use For This Vehicle Black Do Not Use For This Vehicle
Purple w/ Black Stripe Purple Gray w/ Black Stripe Gray Green w/ Black Stripe Green White w/ Black Stripe White
Blue w/ Black Stripe Do Not Use For This Vehicle Blue w/ Red Stripe
Orange (if available) Red
Standard 2 Piece Harness Up To Late 1990’s
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P
What It Is
Right Rear Spkr (-) Right Rear Spkr (+) Right Front Spkr (-) Right Front Spkr (+) Left Rear Spkr (-) Left Rear Spkr (+) Left Front Spkr (-) Left Front Spkr (+) Amplifier Turn On Power Antenna Turn On Ground Wire
Dash Light Dimmer Wire +12 Volt Ignition Wire
+12 Volt Battery Wire
AS VIEWED FROM MATING END OF CONNECTOR
MN O P
Note: using an optional snap on wire harness adapter will simplify the wiring. Most snap on wire harness adapters have already converted and color coded the wires from the auto makers in dash wire harness to match typical aftermarket radio wire colors.
** The wire colors listed in the chart above are typical for these vehicles during these years but may not be the exact colors for this vehicle. This is another reason to use a snap on wire harness adapter. **
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