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Fitting new stereo in Zafira

Discussion in 'Car Audio / Electrical / Security / Diagnostic Related' started by markheath, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. markheath

    markheath New Member

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    I recently bought a 2002 Zafira Club, and attempted today to replace its stereo with another one I had used on a previous car. I bought the PC2-04-4 harness adaptor, which seems to be the right cable, but my problem is that the hole for the stereo seems to be exactly measured to fit the old (CAR 300) stereo, with no room at all for the cables. This means that the new stereo protudes about 1.5 inches out of its hole.

    Can anyone point me to instructions for how I work around this. There is also no aerial connector that I can plug straight into the new stereo. Do I need to buy another adapter cable, and if so, does anyone know the code number for it?

    thanks in advance for any help & suggestions

    Mark
     
  2. Wildfire

    Wildfire Mk2 cav freak

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    a similar issues when i fitted a JVC stereo to my old Zafira.

    Eventually i ended up with one hand up behind the dash pulling the excess cable as someone else was feeding the stereo in the aparture.

    As for the aerial, yes there is an adaptor, i bought mine from halfords, cant remember the past number, all i did was take the new stereo in and find an adaptor that fitted

    Hope that helps
     
  3. CDX J.R

    CDX J.R aka wallop

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    stupid question i know, but have you removed the original stereo's mounting cage?

    if you have then it is a space issue, the only advice i could give would be to either push the cables downward behind the dash as you insert the unit or try to get access from below to ease them downward as you fit the headunit.
     
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    thanks for the prompt replies Wildfire & CDX

    Well I'm quite stupid when it comes to these things, despite my master's degree in engineering.;) I assumed that the mounting cage would just be a letter-box type slot, but having felt inside the hole, perhaps the cage has a back as well, with mounted sockets on it. It looks like there is one screw at the back, which I will do well to get out without dropping it into the inner recesses of the car. I'll have a go at removing it tomorrow (... brace yourselves for more stupid questions to follow...) .

    Mark
     
  5. CDX J.R

    CDX J.R aka wallop

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    ok, once you have removed the cage,(easiest way is to pinch the top and bottom together, then wiggle it out, oh and they are screwed in at the back.

    the iso connectors will unclip as will the radio connector from the cage.
    now insert the cage supplied with your new unit,(ensure it goes in the right way up, it will be marked top on the upper face, if no mark, then it doesn't matter). bend the fixing tabs to lock the cage into position, now check the stereo loom with the headunit is wired correctly to operate the memory function,(on vaux it should be yellow to red and red to yellow, this should be done on the headunits loom, NOT THE CARS LOOM. you may need a radio plug lead adapter, available from almost any car accessory shop. i would imagine that about covers it, but any probs just repost.
    HTH mate.(y) :beer:
     
  6. CDX J.R

    CDX J.R aka wallop

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    with regard to losing screw, either use magnetic screwdriver, or simply dip the screwdriver tip in grease (y)
     
  7. markheath

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    thanks again, great instructions. I now have the stereo installed and working. Unclipping the connectors from the back of the original cage was a bit tricky, but after that it was plain sailing. I did try swapping the yellow and red on the harness adapter I bought as you suggested, but actually it seemed to work better with yellow to yellow and red to red (according to the instructions for the Sony head unit, yellow is continuous power supply and red is switched).

    Mark
     
  8. CDX J.R

    CDX J.R aka wallop

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    so a result then.:bananasmi :bananasmi (y) :beer:

    this is the first vaxhall i have known which hasn't required
    the lives switching, but if by chance you notice your preset radio stations have disapeared, or your clock on the headunits wrong, just reverse those two connections.
     
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    just changed rad cassette on 2003 zafira for a cd radio "problems" unit works ok but..... when drivers door open there is an audiable tone sounding like when you leave your lights on also the central locking with the remote key does not work any ideas welcomed
     
  10. CDX J.R

    CDX J.R aka wallop

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    i would suggest you open a new thread mate, you may get swifter replies.
     

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