1996 Honda Civic Car Radio Wiring Instructions

Whether your an expert Honda Civic mobile electronics installer, Honda Civic fanatic, or a novice Honda Civic enthusiast with a 1996 Honda Civic, a car stereo wiring diagram can save yourself a lot of time. Automotive wiring in a 1996 Honda Civic vehicles are becoming increasing more difficult to identify due to the installation of more advanced factory oem electronics.

One of the most time consuming tasks with installing an after market car stereo, car radio, satellite radio, xm radio, car speakers, tweeters, car subwoofer, crossovers, audio equalizer, car amplifier, mobile amp, car amplifier, mp3 player, ipod or any car audio electronics is identifying the correct color car audio wires for your 1996 Honda Civic.

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1996 Honda Civic Car Radio Wiring Instructions

Car Radio Constant 12V+ Wire: Blue/White
Car Radio Switched 12V+ Wire: Yellow/Red
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Red/Black
Car Radio Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Radio Power Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Radio Amplifier Turn On Trigger Wire: N/A
Front Speakers Size: 6 1/2″ Speakers
Front Speakers Location: Doors
Left Front Speaker Wire (+): Blue
Left Front Speaker Wire (-): Gray/Black
Right Front Speaker Wire (+): Red/Green
Right Front Speaker Wire (-): Brown/Black
Rear Speakers Size: 6″ x 9″ Speakers
Rear Speakers Location: Rear Deck
Left Rear Speaker Wire (+): Blue/Yellow
Left Rear Speaker Wire (-): Gray/White
Right Rear Speaker Wire (+): Red/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Wire (-): Brown/White

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  • Reply Colby August 6, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    wht wire do u hook up the remote wire from an amp to?

  • Reply ModifiedLife August 7, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Colby, technically you could connect your amplifier turn on wire to the radio switched 12v+ wire. That way your amplifier is on whenever the car is on and off whenever your car is off. Just make sure to run an in-line fuse holder with a 1-amp fuse on the amplifier turn on wire. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

  • Reply Mitxel May 25, 2009 at 1:11 am

    So i am supposed to hook the remote turn on to my amp to the switched 12v+? is it necessary to have a fuse on the remote turn on wire?

  • Reply ModifiedLife June 2, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Mitzel, technically you could connect your amplifier turn on wire to the radio switched 12v+ wire if your car doesn’t have a remote turn on wire. To be safe, an in-line 1-amp fuse on the amplifier turn on wire is necessary. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

  • Reply Josh July 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    which color are the wires for the battery and accessory to go into my stereo?

  • Reply ModifiedLife July 29, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Josh, the car radio constant 12v+ wire is blue/white and the car radio switched 12v+ wire is yellow/red. Hope this helps. Good luck with your radio installation.

  • Reply saliu December 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    hi my 1996 honda civic coupe radio is not turning on, i changed the fuse but still no luck can u help me out

  • Reply ModifiedLife January 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Saliu, it sounds like you may have blown out a fuse or two. Double check ALL your fuses and you will probably find a blown fuse somewhere. Sometimes when you short out your radio fuse, other fuses may also blow out. If all your fuses are good then double check your ground wire and make sure it is grounded well or use the chassis to ground the radio. Hope this helps. Good luck with your troubleshooting.

  • Reply edubE24 February 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Can I hook up an iPod to the stock stereo of a honda civic 97?

  • Reply ModifiedLife March 2, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Edube24, it is possible to connect an Apple iPod to your stock radio. Here is the adapter you need:

    Apple iPod Adapter for 1996 Honda Civic

    If you’ve never installed car audio before, we advise you to take your car to an experienced mobile audio installer. Hope this helps. Good luck with your Apple iPod installation.

  • Reply George July 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Is this 96 wiring diagram the same for my 97?

  • Reply ModifiedLife July 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    George, please refer to: 1997 Honda Civic Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

  • Reply Brandon August 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hey guys, got a quick question and I hope someone is still keepin a peep and this forum. Haha I have an after market pioneer deck set up into my 1996 Honda Civic EX and I had to wire it in my self. I just spliced the old wires with the coordinating colors for the old deck and everything worked out okay and the deck works, however I have no radio reception.. Cd player works just fine to all speakers but I would like the radio to pick up stations so I can use my transmitter on my ipod. Any advice or solutions would be awesome!

  • Reply ModifiedLife September 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Brandon, it sounds like your antenna wire isn’t plugged into the rear of your 1996 Honda Civic stereo. Double check that your antenna wire is plugged in. Hope this helps. Good luck with your 1996 Honda Civic radio installation.

  • Reply Sam November 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hi, I’m having similar trouble with my new stereo not getting power. I want to change the fuses, but I don’t know which one(s) to change. I can’t find a 2002 civic si fuse box diagram anywhere. Can someone help me get a hold of one or tell me which fuse(s) to change out? Thanks

  • Reply justin August 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    ive got power to my head unit, and my subs put out sound but my door speakers arent getting anything coming through, no static or anything, and suggestions?

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