1997 Ford Expedition Car Radio Wiring Diagram

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

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1997 Ford Expedition Car Radio Wiring Diagram

Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: White/Purple
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Black/Pink
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Green
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Blue/Black
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: Blue
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: 6″ x 8″ Speakers
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: Doors
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Red
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): White/Orange
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: 6″ x 8″ Speakers
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: Rear Doors
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Blue/Black
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Purple/White
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue

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  • Reply nelson April 1, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    can you help me locate the wiring diagram for 95 explorer with premium stereo package has two plugs one 16 pin and one 6 pin

  • Reply ModifiedLife April 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Nelson, ask and you shall receive: 1995 Ford Explorer Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

  • Reply Todd January 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    i followed your wiring diagram for the 97 ford expedition and i dont have any sound(my expediton came with premium sound package). the head unit comes on and is indicating stereo radio channels but no sound is coming out. i noticed after wiring that there were about 5 wires left over.. would these have anything to do with it? none are showing power or ground ( i checked with a test light). plz help

  • Reply ModifiedLife January 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Todd, your vehicle may have a factory amplifier that needs to be turned on by your after market radio. The car stereo amplifier trigger wire has to be wired up to turn on your factory amplifier. Unfortunately, we do not have this information but maybe someone from the Modified Life community can post that information here. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Reply Larry June 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    The speakers are 5 X 7 not 6 X 8

  • Reply ModifiedLife June 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Larry, thanks for the car stereo speaker size information contribution!

  • Reply Robert June 27, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I put an after-market radio into my 1997 Expedition. It works, but every time you turn the truck off and take the key out, all the memory gets erased on the radio. Is there an extra wire that I need to hook up besides the ones on this diagram?

  • Reply ModifiedLife July 6, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Robert, 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 car 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.

  • Reply Shawn February 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    i have the same problem i followed the wireing like you said but yet i have no sound i read that their might be a factory amp in the truck but i was wondering if you figured a way around it so that i can hear my radio????? please help!!!!!

  • Reply Nick August 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I have the same problem with the factory amp and sub.
    I installed a new Radio in my Expedition and have no sound.
    If any readers can please help me out here I would really really appreciate it!!

  • Reply jim higgins January 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    my 1997 expedition radio just stoped working , the cd cartridge ejects but the radio is like no power. I cant see in the manual where a radio fuse is. Where is the radio fuse? It would be great if you could help me. thks Jim

  • Reply Scott March 14, 2011 at 1:17 am

    For those that are not getting any sound after wiring in your aftermarket radio in your 97 expedition. There are two adapters one is a long gray one the other a 16 pin green one. The very first wire on the gray one is a blue/white stripe. Wire it with the Red switched wire. It will turn on your factory amp and viola.. sound!!

  • Reply ModifiedLife March 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Scott, thanks for the 1997 Ford Expedition amplifier wiring information contribution.

  • Reply Craig June 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I have a 1998 Ford Expedition and I want to install a factory looking radio. I now have a radio from a 1997 Ford Expedition to put into it but I don’t have a clue how to wire it. Is there a harness that I can get to make it plug and play-able?

  • Reply ModifiedLife June 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Craig, unfortunately there is no plug and play harness that will allow you to hook up a 1997 Ford Expedition stereo into a 1998 Ford Expedition. You will either have to wire it yourself or have an experienced car stereo installer wire it for you. 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 1998 Ford Expedition

  • Reply brad February 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    thanks. finally got sound.. thanks for the tip guys.

  • Reply ModifiedLife February 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Brad, we are happy we could help you with your 1997 Ford Expedition stereo wiring diagram needs.

  • Reply Francisco March 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    My 1997 Ford Expedition car radio Battery Constant 12v wire(white/purple) does not have any power, why is that? I think its maybe a fuse but I dont know were it is located. Can somebody help?

  • Reply vaughn March 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I have the same problem.. no sound at all!!

  • Reply ModifiedLife April 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Francisco, first double check ALL your fuses and make sure ALL your fuses are good. You can do this by using an Automotive Fuse Tester and making sure all of your fuses are not blown. If all of your fuses are good, your 1997 Ford Expedition may have a factory amp that needs to be turned on by your after market radio. The car radio amplifier trigger wire has to be wired up to turn on your factory amplifier to output sound from your speakers. Double check that your 1997 Ford Expedition amp turn on wire is connected. Hope this helps. Good luck with your 1997 Ford Expedition stereo installation.

  • Reply victor ortiz November 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    how do i bypass the 1997 ford expedition factory amp with out having to run new wires to the speakers?

  • Reply ModifiedLife December 12, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Victor, the easiest and most cost effective way to bypass your 1997 Ford Expedition factory amp is to get a bypass wiring harness. Here is the 1997 Ford Expedition amp bypass harness you need:

    Amplifier Bypass Harness for 1997 Ford Expedition

    Hope this helps. Good luck with your 1997 Ford Expedition amp bypass.

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