Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

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Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby maximus17 » Fri May 19, 2017 9:12 am

I'm in the process of installing a Sony XAV-AX100 and a backup camera.

The only issue I'm running into so far is that the factory harness doesn't seem to have an illumination wire. The diagrams I've found online indicate that it should be wire #3, but there is no wire #3. Connecting this wire will make the stereo automatically dim the screen when the headlights go on -- which is a feature I very much want.

Can I get the illumination/dimmer signal from anywhere else?


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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby maximus17 » Fri May 19, 2017 1:51 pm

While searching for similar problems on other Ford vehicles of similar vintage, I saw a recommendation to tap into one of the wires going to the hazard light switch as it has its own illumination when the headlights turn on. I'll use a voltmeter to check for which wire, but this sounds like an ideal solution because it's so close to the stereo.

I'll post back with my findings.

Cheers,
Mark

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby Lord_Snax » Sun May 21, 2017 6:00 pm

maximus17 wrote:While searching for similar problems on other Ford vehicles of similar vintage, I saw a recommendation to tap into one of the wires going to the hazard light switch as it has its own illumination when the headlights turn on. I'll use a voltmeter to check for which wire, but this sounds like an ideal solution because it's so close to the stereo.

I'll post back with my findings.

Cheers,
Mark


Yes, this is what I had to do to find the dimmer wire in my Freestyle. I spliced into the hazard lights switch. I can't remember wire it is, but I just stripped back some insulation on the wire and splices in to it. I also used a short wire to reach up to the radio. So far, I have had no issues with this setup. Make sure you cover up any exposed wire with some electrical tape.

Best of luck,
Lord_Snax

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby maximus17 » Mon May 22, 2017 11:28 am

It worked! It's the green wire with a red stripe -- top left wire if you're looking at the plug from the front.

It seems to work perfectly.

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby Lord_Snax » Mon May 22, 2017 6:45 pm

maximus17 wrote:It worked! It's the green wire with a red stripe -- top left wire if you're looking at the plug from the front.

It seems to work perfectly.


Glad to hear it!

Are you planning on putting an amp in?

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby maximus17 » Fri May 26, 2017 8:09 am

I'm probably not putting an amp in. For now my budget has been depleted with the stereo + backup camera. Next up is actually installing the backup camera haha.

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby Lord_Snax » Mon May 29, 2017 9:44 am

maximus17 wrote:I'm probably not putting an amp in. For now my budget has been depleted with the stereo + backup camera. Next up is actually installing the backup camera haha.


All right! Good luck finding a reverse signal wire for the camera. I don't know where one would be. My guess is to start at the shifter handle. There may be a position sensor on the stick.

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby mmsstar » Wed May 31, 2017 3:02 pm

Tie the camera to the reverse lamps?
Drove an 06 LTD FWD from July 08 to August 10, moved on to a 2011 Flex

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Re: Dimmer/Illumination wire on 05 Freestyle?

Postby Splicer » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:56 am

mmsstar wrote:Tie the camera to the reverse lamps?

Yup, that's how it's done. Easy, peasy.
2007 Freestyle Limited FWD 283,000+ miles 8)
2004 Escape XLT FWD 200,000+ :)
2006 Escape Hybrid AWD 114,000+ :mrgreen:


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