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Car radio – no memory

I recently purchased a new stereo for my van: Clarity CCE203DAB £69.99 from Halfords online: link

Installation was a breeze, took all of 5 minutes. After turning the ignition off and then on again I realized it had no memory, the same problem as my last stereo (due to the wiring of my vehicle). I updated as the old stereo was cassette and I wanted to see what DAB radio was like, have to say DAB is awesome. So many channels, very quick to scan channels and so so clear.

Anyway, the wires on the stereo are colour coded: yellow = memory+. Red = accessory.

Memory needs to be connected to permanent live and accessory to ignition live. The cabling in my van was the other way round. Maybe because it is a French model? or just a few years old?

To solve my problem I cut the red and yellow cable on the radio connector (didn’t want to alter the van wiring) and connected the other way round (red to yellow, yellow to red). Before doing this I tested with a multi-meter to make sure the wiring from my van had permanent live going to where the yellow wire will be and ignition live going to where the red wire will be.

Next step is to install an aerial splitter so I can use the original van aerial for DAB and FM. I know the aerial should be different as the FM aerial may be to long but we’ll see what happens, don’t want to be drilling holes to fit a new aerial and the magnetic one I have wouldn’t last five minutes on the motorway.