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Old 02-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

I have tried to install an aftermarket stereo in my 2008 Savana. I have been told that the yellow stereo wire is the data line and I may have shorted it or blown a fuse trying to install the new stereo. I have checked the stereo fuse under the seat and it is ok. Is there another fuse for this infamous yellow wire? Once I hook the yellow wire back up, there is nothing. The stereo guy said I have probably shorted the fuse or damaged the wire. If i bypass the yellow wire, the stereo works fine. The down side is that the stereo will not shut off when I either turn the van off or open the door. Big problem.
Does anyone have any idea as to what I should do to get this working again. How do I figure out where the problem is with this wire.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

The yellow wire is an input to the radio from the interior lights system dimming control- it is what dims the radio display when you adjust the dimmer switch for the instrument cluster-- as long as the instrument cluster still dims properly, your fuse is not blown.

You need a good wiring diagram of your OEM radio wiring-
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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

Hello,

I've uploaded the wiring diagram for you, I don't know which version you own, but I don't think there are many differences, let me know if you need anything else.

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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

Thank you so much for the response and the diagram. I am so puzzled with this whole thing. While I am not a mechanic, I was able to understand the basic schematic. What I noticed is that the diagram shows a "dk green" wire being the computer data line". What I am confused with is the fact that I get no power to the unit using the "LED DIMMING CTRL" Yellow wire. The diagram does not show where that ends at. Also, the interior lights still come on when the door is opened. Is the problem more related to the "LO SERIAL DATA" green wire then. If so, what do I do with the green and yellow wires? How do I get power to the unit when the car is on and no power, other than the clock when the car is off?
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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

The yellow wire will have voltage only when you turn the headlights on, check with your multimeter and voltage will vary with the light dimming control.

I'll check the diagrams to look for another power source, it is very likely you'll have to run a set of wires from the ignition switch to the radio so you get the proper wiring.
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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

It looks like you might be able to use the two lines I highlighted in the folowing diagram, but you'll have to use a relay in order to avoid drawing too much power form the harness. Check with your multimeter first to see if voltage is present when you turn the key to the Accessory and run positions.

I'm sorry that I can't provide a better advise but I'm not very experienced with the system used in your van, in fact I've never worked with serial data in cars.

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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

So, here it is. I still have the same problem. However here is what i now know. When I turn the headlights on, some power goes to the unit, but all I hear is a clicking sound and the red led light inside the stereo flickers very lightly on and off. Whether or not the van is turned on makes no difference. If I then take the red wire from the stereo and connect it to to power from the lighter, nothing happens again. If i then take the yellow wire and connect it to the red power wire from the fuse box, the stereo works perfectly but the it wont turn off when the van is turned off. That would be a big problem.
I am even more confused now. I would welcome any fix or workaround.
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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

Why don't you wire your stereo hot wire to an ignition accessory wire- that comes on when ignition is in accessory mode? Use the brown wire in the ignition harness at steering column as your source, or use an "adapt a fuse" terminal on an accessory hot at the fuse box.
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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

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So, here it is. I still have the same problem. However here is what i now know. When I turn the headlights on, some power goes to the unit, but all I hear is a clicking sound and the red led light inside the stereo flickers very lightly on and off. Whether or not the van is turned on makes no difference. If I then take the red wire from the stereo and connect it to to power from the lighter, nothing happens again. If i then take the yellow wire and connect it to the red power wire from the fuse box, the stereo works perfectly but the it wont turn off when the van is turned off. That would be a big problem.
I am even more confused now. I would welcome any fix or workaround.
Thanks in advance.
Don't use the yellow wire to power the unit, you might damage something, this wire should only be wired to the dimmer wire in the stereo unit, you say the stereo was only clicking and the red light was flickering that's because the yellow wire does not carries 12v, it can var from 0 to maybe 10 or full 12 volts in order to dimm the lights on the dashboard and the stereo itself, that's why it would only turn on with the lights on.

The red wire from the stereo should be connected to the RUN wire on the ignition switch so it remains ON when the engine is running, the yellow wire should be connected to the ACCY wire on the ignition switch so it stays on when you turn the key backwards to the accessory position.

The stereo reamins on all the time because the red wire in the original harness has constant 12v, which as you said it's not good and you'll end up with a discharged battery sooner or later.

Please someone correct me if I'm wrong; tThe serial data system in the van uses constant 12v because the components are powered all the time but the serial data tells them when to wake up and when to go into low power consumption mode (turn off). That's why you have a green line with the Low (speed) serial data used for most accessories and a High (speed) serial data for critical components.

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Why don't you wire your stereo hot wire to an ignition accessory wire- that comes on when ignition is in accessory mode? Use the brown wire in the ignition harness at steering column as your source, or use an "adapt a fuse" terminal on an accessory hot at the fuse box.
That's pretty much what I meant to say with the last diagram I uploaded. One highlighted wire is for accessory position and the other is for RUN position.

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Re: 2008 Savana Stereo Yellow Wire

anyway i can get that stereo wiring diagram. thx
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