2006 Ford Explorer Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

Whether your an expert Ford Explorer mobile electronics installer, Ford Explorer fanatic, or a novice Ford Explorer enthusiast with a 2006 Ford Explorer, a car stereo wiring diagram can save yourself a lot of time. Automotive wiring in a 2006 Ford Explorer 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 2006 Ford Explorer.

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2006 Ford Explorer Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

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

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22 Comments

  • Reply Kelly Weimer April 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Just looking for an easy place to pick up switched power in a 2006 Ford Ranger. I am installing a external XM radio and just need to power it up. Any help would be appreciated. thanx.

  • Reply ModifiedLife April 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Kelly, ask and you shall receive: 2006 Ford Ranger Pickup Car Stereo Wiring Diagram

  • Reply Terry Boling July 14, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Hi, I have a 2006 Ford Explorer and am installing an XM Turk Commander. I need to find two fuses (one for constant power, the other for switched power) to tap into for the Commander’s power. Can you tell me which two fuses to use? Also, where is the best (safest) spot to attach the ground wire. Thank you!

  • Reply ModifiedLife July 15, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Terry, use the Blue/Red wire at the radio wiring harness for constant power and use the Green/White wire at the radio wiring harness for switched power. The easiest way to ground a wire is by using a factory bolt. Find a factory bolt that is attached to your car chassis and ground your wire there using a ring terminal (see below).

    Ground Wire with Ring Terminal

  • Reply Steven February 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I’m installing a navigation unit in my 06 Explorer. Looking for the VSS and reverse light wires. Any help?

  • Reply ModifiedLife March 2, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Steven, for the vehicle speed sensor, use the purple/orange wire in the 50 pin plug (pin #1) located at the PCM. The PCM is located in the passenger side of the firewall. For the reverse light, use the brown/blue wire in the D connector (pin #6) located at the SJB. The SJB is located under the driver side dash. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Reply Calixto April 19, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    i juts really need to know were are the aux pins located. i bought an audion jack at radioshack and have it ready to go but cant find the aux pins on the factory radio. please help!

  • Reply Ryan May 5, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I have a 2006 Explorer with Navigation and am looking to add a 10″ sub with 2 channel amp. How can I go about hooking up my RCA’s to the radio? Do I need a line converter or are there pre outs on the back. I do not have a factory rear seat entertainment package installed if that matters.

  • Reply ModifiedLife May 7, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Ryan, you need to splice in a line out converter. Wire the line-out converter to the rear speakers. Here is the Line-Out Converter you need:

    Scosche 2-Channel Speaker to RCA Line Out Converter

    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.

  • Reply Seth May 12, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I am trying to connect my ipod to my 2006 explorer using a harman/kardon drive+play. It says, “direct connection of the 12v power harness with the in-line fuse. Use this method when you want a permanent power connection to the vehicle. Also by connecting the harness’s red wire to the ignition switch’s ACC terminal. Where do I find the ACC Terminal? What does it look like? How do I make the connection?

  • Reply ModifiedLife May 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Seth, if you take apart your steering column, you’ll find the ignition switch and its wiring. Look for a purple/green wire that leads to the ignition switch. This wire is your ACC (Accessory) wire. To make the connection simply splice your red wire into the accessory wire. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Reply trayzeros February 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    i want to replace the the factory speakers in my 06 explorer. Do i have to take the whole door panel off or do the speaker grates pop off some how? I would also like to know bout the back panel in the rear of the car. Is that a speaker or a stock subwoofer?

  • Reply Randy June 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I have a 2003 ford explorer, I brought a aftermarket radio with a rear view camera I’m trying to locate the reverse wire on my car so I can splice into near my radio so it will work when in reverse and the color I’m looking for cause one guy said to run a long wire from my radio to my back light it is another way maybe under my dash.

  • Reply ModifiedLife June 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Randy, use the brown/blue wire in the driver kick panel. This is the reverse light wire. Hope this helps. Good luck with your rear view camera installation.

  • Reply wayne March 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    i want to replace the the factory speakers in my 06 explorer. Do i have to take the whole door panel off or do the speaker grates pop off some how? I would also like to know bout the back panel in the rear of the car. Is that a speaker or a stock subwoofer? I have the same ?????

  • Reply jeana September 11, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Is there a way to enable the aux option in 2006 Ford explorer?

  • Reply ModifiedLife September 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Jeanna, you will need to purchase an automotive auxiliary input adapter. This adapter will allow you to input any Apple iPod, mp3 player or portable music player into your factory radio. This is the easiest and most cost effective way to add an audio input into your factory stereo. Here is the adapter you will need:

    Aux Input Adapter for 2006 Ford Explorer

    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 2006 Ford Explorer aux input adapter installation.

  • Reply Rich January 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    trying to locate reverse wire on 2006 explorer to install backup camera. Found brown/blue stripe wire underneath drivers side kick panel. Hooked up volt meter and this wire does not show any deflection on the meter when the car is placed in reverse–should show about 12 volts. Confused?? Have seen some pictures that show reverse wire with gray/blue stripe

  • Reply ModifiedLife January 18, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Rich, the 2006 Ford Explorer reverse wire can also be found at the smart junction box. The smart junction box can be found under the driver side of the dash. Tap the same color wire (brown/blue) at the smart junction box (pin #6, connector D) and it will give you a reverse trigger. Hope this helps. Good luck with your 2006 Ford Explorer backup camera installation.

  • Reply Elsa April 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Which color is my 2006 Ford Explorer remote wire from my factory amp to my factory radio. where is a good spot for my ground wire?

  • Reply ModifiedLife April 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Elsa, technically you could connect your 2006 Ford Explorer amplifier turn on wire to the radio switched 12v+ wire. That way your amplifier is on whenever your 2006 Ford Explorer is on and off whenever your 2006 Ford Explorer 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 with your 2006 Ford Explorer amplifier install.

  • Reply Jasonp123 March 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    i bought a factory steering wheel audio Control for my 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer and realized the switch doesn’t control the radio. do I need to switch out the harness under the dash or is the radio not capable of this type of control? can I add jumper wires to the harness to use this control feature? anyone know?

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