1996 Saturn SL2 Car Audio Wiring Guide

Whether your an expert Saturn SL2 mobile electronics installer, Saturn SL2 fanatic, or a novice Saturn SL2 enthusiast with a 1996 Saturn SL2, a car stereo wiring diagram can save yourself a lot of time. Automotive wiring in a 1996 Saturn SL2 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 Saturn SL2.

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1996 Saturn SL2 Car Audio Wiring Guide

Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Orange
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Gray
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Brown
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 6 1/2″ Speakers
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Doors
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 6 1/2″ Speakers
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Rear Deck
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Dark Blue
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue

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  • Reply Scott DOuglas March 13, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Is there a problem with using 4ohm speakers
    instead of the 6 ohm speakers that came with Saturn SL2, 1996 ?

  • Reply ModifiedLife March 17, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Scott, yes using different ohm speakers will function differently. When you use the wrong impedance (ohm) the speaker may draw different power from your stereo, may produce lower quality sound or even damage your speakers or radio. Stick to using the right speakers for your application. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Reply Corbett March 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I installed an aftermarket stereo and it seem like it not getting any power.

    I saw that it might have something to do with the ground wire that the headunit itself gets its ground through the mounting screws.

    do you have any suggestions on what to do

  • Reply ModifiedLife March 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Corbett, try grounding your ground wire on the chassis of your 1996 Saturn SL2. It will provide a better grounding point. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Reply brandt October 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Hi I’m tring to hook up an aftermarket radio in my 96saturn sl2 and I have power and it plays the radio and cds but it doesn’t have memory when I shut car off and start back up it always resets and plays the cd when I have it on the radio when I shut it off any help for me?

  • Reply ModifiedLife October 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Brandt, you may have mixed up the battery constant and accessory switched wires. The battery constant always sends power to the radio to save your radio stations and other audio settings. The accessory switched wire sends power to your radio only when the key is in the ignition and your 1996 Saturn SL2 is on. Check your wiring and make sure the correct radio wires are hooked up to the correct wires on your factory harness. Hope this helps. Good luck with your 1996 Saturn SL2 radio installation.

  • Reply Rick Martin June 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Any idea on why the radio lights go off if I turn on the cars lights?

  • Reply ModifiedLife June 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Rick, all car stereos have a dimmer wire which dims the radio lights when you turn your parking lights on because the radio lighting doesnt have to be as bright when its dark outside. If you want your 1996 Saturn SL2 stereo lights to stay bright all the time, either disconnect the dimmer wire or change the dimmer setting on your radio. Hope this helps. Good luck with your Saturn SL2 stereo troubleshooting.

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