2001 Dodge Caravan



March, 17, 2009 AT 2:42 PM

Electrical problem
2001 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

There is a single wire connector that goes into the back of the factory stereo that is white with a purple stripe. What does this wire power or go to on the factory stereo (mine has AM/FM CD & Cassette). Thanks!


4 Answers



March, 17, 2009 AT 3:25 PM

That's for steering wheel controls if you have them. Your radio is a very high quality unit made by Mitsubishi for Chrysler vehicles. It will work just fine with nothing plugged into that 2-pin connector.

If you're downgrading to a cassette player or an aftermarket radio, that wire can just stay in the dash not connected to anything.



March, 17, 2009 AT 3:32 PM

Thank you for this helpful answer! I've been doing a lot of searching. And came up with nothing, until now.



March, 24, 2009 AT 3:22 PM


I've installed an aftermarket stereo in this 2001 Grand Caravan with the Infinity Speakers. Everything is working great except theres no sound coming from the speakers. I was told that the Infinity Speakers each have their own amp. How do I get power to these speakers and get the sound to come out with this aftermarket stereo?



March, 24, 2009 AT 4:27 PM

This was answered in another post, but here's a copy and paste version for our friends searching for the answer to this problem: The amps get 12 volts from a relay that was turned on by a " Switched 12 volt" terminal in the black connector. If you removed a cd / cassette combo radio, these are made by Mitsubishi and are very high quality. The amplified speakers are too. I just bought a dozen from the junkyard.

All Chrysler radios put out speaker level output to run speakers directly without the need for an amplifier. Eliminates the confusion found in GM and Ford systems. Rather than having dozens of different radios, like GM, Chrysler uses the speakers to modify tone response to the shape of the vehicle, not to affect volume.

Any high quality aftermarket radio will have a switched 12 volt wire that is used for a power antenna or remote amp. That wire is often blue. It must be tied to the wire at the end of the black connector, furthest away from the keyway. It could be dark green with a red stripe, but the colors might change from year to year.

If your radio doesn't have a switched 12 volt wire, connect the relay wire from the black connector to the 12 volt power wire from the ignition switch. The car's wire will be red with a white stripe and was the second from the keyway end of the gray plug. This wire turns off with the ignition switch. Don't use the pink wire from the car's harness; that stays on all the time for station and clock memory. Using this wire will run the battery down overnight.

If you still don't have sound after connecting the amp relay wire, be sure you're using the speaker wires of the new radio, not the RCA outputs, if you have them, because those are very low level output and won't run speakers directly. I don't think that's your problem, however, since a different speaker worked.

You should also be aware that the original radio in this system did not put out much bass; that was made up in the speaker amps. Using a non-Infinity radio can result in a lot of bass so don't be surprised if you have to turn the bass all the way down to make it sound decent.


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