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Old 08-07-2008, 11:34 AM
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Help. Can't identify where connector goes

So I finally finished replacing the evaporator on my 1995 Mercedes E320 following the excellent instructions that David Selig (BoxfordBenz) posted on this forum. But I ran into a slight problem reassembling the centre console. I've got this connector that I cannot figure out where to connect it to. It's in David's write-up under the radio connections, but my radio only has room for 3 plug-ins and they're all there. Can someone tell me where this connector goes? It's the one with the clip and single wire shown on the attached photo being held by the fingers. My radio is a different model and has just the 3 large plug-ins plus the antenna so I don't think it fits onto the radio. Bob

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Old 08-07-2008, 01:00 PM
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Could it be a ground wire for the radio?
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:52 PM
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That's a good suggestion. I'll check to see if the connection is grounded or live to see if that's the case. Bob
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:56 PM
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Just realized that there's no place on the radio for the connector, so even if it's a ground, I can't plug it in. Anyone else have any ideas? Bob
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:36 PM
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Look it up...

http://www.pauldrayton.com/uploadfiles/merc/Service/W124/w124CD1/Program/ETM/wiring_index.pdf
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:51 PM
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Link works BUt will not let you look a particulars.

(Funny,you see AD's moniker and think you're saved...He's just gonna hand you
the answer...WRONG,you gotta work for it.)

(Sorry for the poor resolution) it looks like it may be "Cable Shield,Ground".

Could your Mercedes have had a different radio set installed originally?

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Old 08-07-2008, 04:56 PM
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Yeah..sometimes I even have the Gaul to ask them to use the "Search" feature....... unreal !!!

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Old 08-07-2008, 07:24 PM
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Thanks for the wiring diagram. I had already gone down that path since I have the CDs and WIS, but could not identify the specific connector.
The radio in the car is the original one according to the Becker website: http://www.beckerautosound.com/1492-1994-95/index.html
It shows only the 3 connectors which I've already connected. It's just the wire with the clip that I'm trying to figure out. It's a single wire (oragany-red with a blue stripe) that ends in a male connector which is attached to a metal clip about 1.5 inches long. It may not even belong to the radio as there certainly isn't a spot in which to insert it.
Bob
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:20 PM
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If the metal clip is electrically hooked to the wire, I would suspect it to be a ground and the clip does not plug in anywhere, but rather the clip /slips onto the radio chassis somewhere. I have seen grounds like that..they don't plug in , they connect mechanically by clipping on.
Just a thought.

Ohm it to ground and if you get trace , it's a ground wire to somewhere/something... possibly ash tray frame ?????
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:44 PM
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Thank you all for your great advice. Mystery solved. It was the connector for the anti-theft circuit for the radio which attaches to what looks like a mounting point at the back, middle, bottom of the radio.

Just finished installing the centre console tonight. On the weekend I'll tackle the dash and the instrument panel. Then I hope everything will be as it should be except for the refrigerant recharge. Bob

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