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Posted: December 14, 2009 at 8:33 PM / IP Logged  
There is not a suitable wire at the ignition harness.  There is a wire that goes hot with the key, but it is not capable of enough current to even trigger a relay. 
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Posted: December 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM / IP Logged  
captfrank wrote:
That would be great, but vehicle has no power windows (basic cargo van). I tried all the leads in the basic factory head unit, but could find no switched power at all. That surprised me. The red with white stripe had over 12 volts and another had less than one volt, both unswitched. Maybe I can tap into the ventilation fan wires?
There is no switched power to the radio; it uses the class 2 data bus to determine when the ignition key is on.
The pink wire in the ignition harness should be able to work for you. It supplies +12V to the fuse box under the hood; to 10 fuses if you don't count the 2 that are not used.
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Posted: December 16, 2009 at 12:36 AM / IP Logged  
Thanks, I'll check out the ignition harness.
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Posted: December 31, 2009 at 9:11 AM / IP Logged  
Thanks a lot. The pink wire is doing the trick. I came directly off of it and fused my lead to the xm radio unit. I hope that I haven't created any unforeseen problems with the ignition!
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Posted: December 31, 2009 at 2:59 PM / IP Logged  
congratulations......There is almost always a switched wire at the ignition.
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Not to long ago...One of my techs installed something to the ignition harness for switched power...The unit then lost its ground...And i got a few calls from the auto repair shop...Something about ignition was staying powered up...and every terminal on the unit was showing a constant 12 volts...! Ended up being the customer had "thought" he had dis-connected the unit...But just took the ground off...! Just make good connections...And if you are ever done with the unit...Completely de-install it...!

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