1996 Ford Explorer Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram

Whether your an expert Ford electronics installer or a novice Ford enthusiast with a 1996 Ford Explorer, a car stereo wiring diagram can save yourself a lot of time. One of the most time consuming tasks with installing an after market car stereo, car radio, car speakers, car amplifier, car navigation or any car electronics is identifying the correct color wires for a 1996 Ford Explorer.

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1996 Ford Explorer Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram

Car Radio Constant 12v+ Wire: Green/Violet
Car Radio Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Light Green
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Light Blue/Red
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: Orange/Blue
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: Blue (If Equipped)
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Front Speakers Size: N/A
Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange
Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Gray/Light Blue
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Tan/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Red
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Pink

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8 Comments

  • Reply Mike June 12, 2008 at 1:44 am

    You were sooo much help… I just got a ’96 Explorer with an after market stero and needed to reinstall the constant power wire and you helped sooo much,…. thank you a lot!!!

  • Reply ModifiedLife June 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Mike, we’re glad we could help you with your car stereo wiring diagram needs.

  • Reply martha August 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I’m installing a car stereo, but I can’t figure out how the heck to hook up the antenna, it’s an electric one, can somebody help me

  • Reply Brian Newton November 3, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Very cool… I have the original radio and just need to get it hooked back up. This is very helpful. Thanks!!!!

  • Reply ModifiedLife November 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Brian, we are happy we could help you with your 1996 Ford Explorer radio wire guide needs.

  • Reply Brandon Dunham March 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    i have more of a question than a comment. on the wiring listing thing. how it says (color/color) does that mean the wire has a combination of both of those colors or is the wire either color? i am very confused

  • Reply ModifiedLife March 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Brandon, when a wire is colored orange/white, this means the wire is orange with a white stripe on it. Hope this helps. Good luck with your 1996 Ford Explorer stereo installation.

  • Reply Chris December 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    By any chance does anyone have a map of the wires are routed ? Im having trouble finding how the speaker wires run through the center armrest console for the back seat entertainment controls. anyone?

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