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Old 03-01-2009, 17:33   #1 (permalink)
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'09 Escape - where to pick up switchable 12v?

OK, so I finally decided to tackle my deck install this weekend; having already replaced the front speakers with Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1 components (see photo here of the flush-mounted tweeters), the SANYO head unit in the XLS definitely had to go. The deck I am using is a Pioneer FH-P8000BT.

So I got to it, and wired everything up, and it sounds great. However, now I have a bit of a problem. After going through every wire in the center stack (see photo here) with a multimeter, I could only find one source of ignition-based 12v: the hot lead of the traction control button. The other sources of 12v (hot on the cigarette lighter, hot on a connector in the upper right of the stock unit, hot behind the LCD display up top) were all constant. Seemed fine, so I went ahead and wired it up.

Well, it wasn't fine. For some reason, when I tested it last night and drove it this morning, the traction control still worked and the deck shut off when I turned the key to OFF... but it switched on me this afternoon, with the traction control no longer working and the deck no longer shutting off when I turn off the car. Not good.

So I basically need to find a good spot to pick up some switchable 12v. I've heard people say "just go to the fuse box," but how the heck do I wire something off the fuse box... just smoosh it in beneath the blade fuse of my choosing? That seems a bit sketchy for a car I bought 3 weeks ago. Any suggestions? Has anyone else installed an aftermarket deck into their Escape/Mariner/Tribute by running the ACC wire separately instead of using one of those fancy XSVI interface kits?

Help me get this puppy to play nice so I can move on down the line to my amp install!

-Jeff


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Old 03-08-2009, 17:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '09 Escape - where to pick up switchable 12v?

Don't everyone answer at once. For those who come across this thread in the future, I decided to go with one of those mini "add a fuse" things that plug into the fuse box, and I went from 10a to 10a fuse until I found one that was switched and not constant. Problem solved, no warranties voided. Stereo sounds 100x better than that tragedy they ship the vehicles with.
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