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Old 01-22-2013, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Blue plug not connected to anything in trunk? For the CD changer?

Hey there guys and gals.

My name is Eddie and I purchased 2 ford Taurus' in the last few months. My wife and I are having a baby and used to share a single cab pickup. we sold the truck and bought 2 taurus' for our baby. One is a wagon and one is a sedan. The speakers sucked in both cars so I was replacing them all today with some cheap ones I found on crutchfield.

My question is for the wagon. The wagon came equipped with a 6 CD changer. It hasn't worked since I bought it, and if I press CD in the front the display reads "NO". I figured the unit was fried and moved on. Today I was trying to get to the FM antenna so I could hook up my Satellite Radio FM direct, and went to remove the spare tire on the left side of the vehicle near the Antenna. (wagons have 2 spares?!??)

Under the spare tire i found these wires:


Maybe a fuse holder?:


I couldnt find where they plug into, so I followed the wire... It looks like it may lead to the CD changer?



I didnt feel like pulling more panels for a maybe, so I thought I would ask here. Has anyone seen this before? Know what they are?

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Looks like there was Pioneer accessories there at one time. Sat radio, CD changer, etc.
That's not a Ford harness.
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It's a pioneer accessorie wire. For their IP bus system. Will work with pioneer radios - HD radio, Satellite radio, etc.

I have pioneer accessories installed. See the wire connected up? See where yours would go if I had it here?



That's a satellite radio box.
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okay thanks. I didnt think it was factory with the fuse holder and the foreign writing... thought it may have been something for the CD changer in the picture.
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do you guys have any idea as to where the other end of the cable lead to?
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My best guess is behind the radio. Is it going up the rocker panel trim?
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My best guess is behind the radio. Is it going up the rocker panel trim?
Yep I see what you're talking about. I honestly didn't follow it any further than the picture. I had already pulled off 4 door panels and the rear panel from the wagon. Was running out of daylight so I took a picture and called it a day. I'll have to research the Pioneer system you mentioned. See if its anything useful. Don't know what it would connect to in the front seeing that EVERYTHING else in the car seems stock. No aftermarket radio and all stock speakers. Someone did take the door panels off on the wagon before, but it looks like they did so to replace the door lock actuators.

Edit - seeing all the other "ends" to these cables and looks like they could be used with stock systems too.. Wonder why they ran it with the end near the RCU/spare. Doesnt seem to me like there would be much room for anything there. Might have to pop the front control panel out to see how its connected. These cords are $70! wow... might be useful.. or i might forget about it and move on... again

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They ran the CD changer wiring with the head unit install kit. The wireing for the install kit connects to the RCU harness.

FYI: the CD changer in the picture is not OEM and all of the OEM headunits had the buttons to control the OEM CD changer.
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How long is the cable? I may buy it from you if it is long enough. If the price is right.


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They ran the CD changer wiring with the head unit install kit. The wireing for the install kit connects to the RCU harness.

FYI: the CD changer in the picture is not OEM and all of the OEM headunits had the buttons to control the OEM CD changer.
Thanks for the Tip. I might see if this cable will work with the existing CD changer in the wagon. Its hard to see how its secured but it doesnt budge where it is. The magazene doesnt eject when I press the eject button, but it seems like the entire unit has no power. Good to know that its not stock... THANKS for the tip.

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I'll see if I can get some use out of it, but if I cant, I'll give it to you for free. The only thing that puzzles me is that the blue end of the cable was under the spare tire on the left side of the car, and the CD changer is on the right. I guess the previous owner had another accessory under the spare. Do pioneer CD changers require another piece of hardware to work with a stock system? Sorry for all my newb questions.. I've never had a car with a cd changer in the trunk. No biggie if i cant get it to work, because I hardly listen to CD's when I have satelite radio
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