1997 Dodge Dakota Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

1997 Dodge Dakota Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

Whether your an expert Dodge Dakota mobile electronics installer, Dodge Dakota fanatic, or a novice Dodge Dakota enthusiast with a 1997 Dodge Dakota, a car stereo wiring diagram can save yourself a lot of time. Automotive wiring in a 1997 Dodge Dakota 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 1997 Dodge Dakota.

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1997 Dodge Dakota Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Red/Blue
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Red/White
Car Radio Ground Wire: Chassis
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Black/Yellow
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Orange
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: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Dark Green
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Red
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown/Yellow
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Light Blue
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): White
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Blue/Red
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown/White
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Orange

20 Replies to “1997 Dodge Dakota Car Stereo Wiring Diagram”

  1. I have a 1997 dakota and it has the factory infinity stereo in it. Now I am trying to hook up a sony xplod aftermarket cd player. I hooked up all the wiring and put in a cd, the cd player loads the cd and plays it, but there is no sound. My brother had an aftermarket Alpine cd player and that one worked and played sound. So I figured that is might be the wiring harness I hooked up so my brother used the wiring harness in his Jeep wrangler and it worked. Then my brother got his sony aftermarket cd player and that did the same thing as my xplod. Finally I tried my Pioneer aftermarket cd player and that did the same exact thing as the sony cd players did. What could be causing this to happen?

  2. i just had this happen to me today… u have to take the both the blue wires and both of the blue striped wires and put them together…u prolly have a stock amp in your truck that is not allowin the cd to play…once i put them together the cd would play with sound.

  3. My CD player will play market CDs, but not my burnt CDs. I have the option of slowing down the burning speed when burning my CDs. will that help?? Is there any way I can listen to burnt CDs as well as market CDs??

  4. Chas, whether or not your cd player will read burned CD’s is really dependent on the CD player itself. Usually the reason why a radio won’t read a burned CD is because the blank CD is poor quality. Our advice is to use quality name brand blank CD’s when burning music CD’s. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  5. I have a 97 Dakota with the Infinity system in it also. I just put in an aftermarket Head Unit. The stock amp accepts speaker level inputs not preamp inputs. So your setup SHOULD be working fine. Personally I want to bypass the stock amp anyway, because I’m replacing the speakers with 4ohm ones (stock are 2ohm so I hear) and just use the Head Unit internal amp.

    This pinout basicly gives the channel inputs for the stock amp. I need a pinout for the outputs to the speakers from the amp. Maybe that’s something I can submit when I if I end up tracing it all out myself?

  6. I have a 2002 dodge ram 1500 with the infinity system in it. The amp has gone bad and we are trying to piggy back the wires that were plugged into the amp. Does anyone have the wiring diagram for this process? We have an aftermarket HU to replace the stock HU.

  7. I’m having the same problem that Rob posted on May 20th, 2008 at 8:48 pm (but with a different stereo). I have a 1997 Dakota; I’m installing a JVC KD-AVX40 DVD/CD Receiver in it. The AM and FM play fine through all speakers, but I have no sound from CDs, DVDs, or from my iPod (I’m using a KS-DP100 adapter for the iPod).

    I called “Tech Support” at JVC (and talked to someone that’s probably never installed a car stereo in their life…). He said that he saw no record of this problem ever coming up before, so the stereo must be bad; I need to send it to JVC for repair (4-6 weeks in their repair center…). I personally believe that it’s just a wiring problem, not a defective stereo.

    Could someone explain Tyler’s post of September 25th, 2008 at 8:25 pm a little more fully to me? It sounds like that fix will probably work for me, but I want to be 100% sure that I’m hooking the correct wires together.

    Thanks in advance.

  8. Thom, it sounds like the factory amplifier is being turned on by the antenna trigger wire because the radio plays fine (this is when the antenna trigger wire turns on) but a CD or DVD won’t play (this is when the antenna trigger wire is off). Which wire on the factory radio harness do you have your aftermarket radio amp trigger wire hooked up to?

  9. After doing a little more online research, I was able to answer my own question.

    On the new stereo, the Blue wire is for the “Power Antenna” – the Blue w/ White Stripe wire is for the “Remote Out”. I had hooked the Blue wire to the Blue wire on my Dakota’s wiring harness, but I had done nothing with the Blue w/ White Stripe wire (I didn’t realize that there was a separate hidden stock power amp…)

    The “Power Antenna” wire must power the AM/FM portion of the amp; the “Remote Out” wire must power the DVD/CD/iPod portion of the amp. When I connected both of these wires together, then connected them to the blue wire on the Dakota’s wiring harness, everything worked fine!

  10. Thom, glad you found the amplifier turn on wire color for your 1997 Dodge Dakota. Thanks for the car stereo wiring information contribution!

  11. I was going to put a pioneer deck into my brothers 97 dakota before he moves away but the wire coloring was different than whats shown at the top

    Brown/Light Blue

    I know the pink is the constant and the red/white is the accessory and the black is the chassis ground
    and im pretty sure the black/yellow and orange were just for the tape player that was in it before and arent used

    but everything i try i cant manage to get any sound i tried what Tyler had suggested but that didnt help at all

    i think i have the speaker wires messed up somewhere
    if anyone can help me out here it would be greatly appreciated

  12. Check it out the blue w/ orange stripe wire is the power wire for the factory amp, you hook it to the blue RMS wire on your head unit and your wiring diagram above is way off. If you call up your local dealer they might hook you up with locations and colors over the phone…. Oh yeah and you owe me some new fuses ):

  13. Can somebody please confirm that stock speakers for 1997 Dakota Sport iare 2ohms ?

    Are all speakers (2 in front door, 2 in back) 6.5 inch round ?

    Any recommendations for replacement model (all are blown) or where to find them ?
    Nothing fancy. Factory sound is fine


  14. i have a 1996 dodge dakota sport pick up truck the door says 1995 but vin says 1996 anyway it has factory amp. the speakers dont say infinity i need to know the amp turn on wire or how to make radio work..no sound just put in alpine cd player. anyone? thanks.

  15. Terry, as much as we would like to help you, most of the car radio wiring information listed on our website is provided by our visitors. We currently do not have any information on the 1996 Dodge Dakota amplifier turn on wire but hopefully someone from our knowledgeable Modified Life community would be able to chime in and help you.

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