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    Hey, I have a cd player in my car that I have to switch on and off on every journey. Just wondering whether anyone knows if I can change a setting for it to start automatically with the engine start like other cars?
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    (Original post by Ostentatious)
    Hey, I have a cd player in my car that I have to switch on and off on every journey. Just wondering whether anyone knows if I can change a setting for it to start automatically with the engine start like other cars?
    Um, if you leave it on when you turn the engine off, doesn't it just come on when you restart the car?
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    If I leave it on it just stays on for some reason, as if it's a seperate unit.
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    (Original post by Ostentatious)
    If I leave it on it just stays on for some reason, as if it's a seperate unit.
    Did you fit it yourself? chances are the previous guy has butchered the power connector and its not the proper one that should be used.
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    there are two power wires, a red and yellow
    you need to swap them over
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    (Original post by Lara C.)
    Did you fit it yourself? chances are the previous guy has butchered the power connector and its not the proper one that should be used.
    I bought the car with it fitted, so they did it. Should any cd player turn off and on itself when the engines used then?

    I'll take a look at the cables.
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    (Original post by ADotC)
    Oh shut up you bloody idiot.
    enjoy your red rep
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    why? its not a computer, you cant programme it (much). surely the effort to change it is more than pressing "on" at the start of every journey
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    read my post ffs, all you have to do is take the head unit out, and swap over the red and yellow wires
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    (Original post by dougiemacs)
    why? its not a computer, you cant programme it (much). surely the effort to change it is more than pressing "on" at the start of every journey
    You can change the connector so that it gets the switched live to the right place rather than the permenant live. As somebody said already yellow & red.
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    (Original post by TrisK)
    read my post ffs, all you have to do is take the head unit out, and swap over the red and yellow wires
    It is also possible that both the live and ignition live wires have been wired to permenant live. So it's not necessarily 'as simple' as swapping the two wires. You'd be able to tell if it was wired in back to front like you say because the memory would be lost with the ignition turned off.
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    some cars are simply wired without ignition sense to their radios ....
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    (Original post by Tofufi)
    It is also possible that both the live and ignition live wires have been wired to permenant live. So it's not necessarily 'as simple' as swapping the two wires. You'd be able to tell if it was wired in back to front like you say because the memory would be lost with the ignition turned off.
    True, but anything like this. i would swap them over. Why anyone would wire them like that i dont know, and even if it was, swapping them over would only leave you exactly where you were before
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    (Original post by TrisK)
    True, but anything like this. i would swap them over. Why anyone would wire them like that i dont know, and even if it was, swapping them over would only leave you exactly where you were before
    I did it deliberately in my campervan, so I can listen to music in the back without needing the ignition on (which could cause the ignition coil to be damaged).

    Either that, or not understanding the wiring of the car the stereo is fitted to. Not everyone understands electrics that well - as we don't even know what type of car it is, we don't know if it is a car that even had a stereo fitted from new.
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    I made the loom in my car so it was independent of the ignition. I like it like that. Also remember that many older Volvos came with independently switched head units from the factory. Is the OPs car a Volvo?
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    If you can't do it, and you live near Derby, I'll have a look and I reckon I can sort it for you easily enough.
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    My factory fitted Kenwood CD player comes on and off fine.
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    Hi,

    It entirely depends what type of car you have. The majority of car wiring has a permanent live (Yellow) and an ignition switched live (Red). This enables the unit to power off when the key is removed but still remain power for clock and radio presets etc.

    On some Vauxhalls, VWs and some others, these two wires need swapping over before connecting or the unit.

    Unfortunately, certain newer cars, Peugeot, Renault etc, do not have a 'Red' cable, and therefore the head unit remains on regardless.

    I would recommend taking it to an auto electricians or audio shop, they will be able to clarify if anything can be done.

    Hope this helps
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    It's a Fiat so not sure if it has both the cables.
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    Any one know the answer yet? It's a Fiat Punto Active 03 for the experts.
 
 
 
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