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    cindytbird is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    changing to a cd player

    Hello, we have a problem I hope you can help with. We have a 98 Deville that has a radio/cassette player and we wanted to get a cd player in it instead. On Ebay we purchased a radio/cassett/cd player that had been taken out of a 99 cadillac. After putting it in and taking it to the cadillac dealer to unlock the antitheft everything thing seemed to work but there was no sound. On his computer it said "no amp detected" or something like that. Is there some way to get this thing to work??

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    Re: changing to a cd player

    Yea, rip out the entire interior wire harness and speakers and get the harness amp and speakers that the cd player your car came from installed.
    All Cadillac CD players have external amps, your car isnt equipped with one so you will have zero sound.

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    Re: changing to a cd player

    That unit you bought from e-bay is a BOSE unit (notice the logo on the display). Well BOSE is a lot more than just speaker, you need to add an extra module (called RIM = Radio Interface Module) witch is actually doing all the sound stuff (volume, bass, treble, fade, balance and the most important DSP). Also you need different speakers, completely rewire the audio part of the car harness...is very complicated WAY above the head of ANY audio shop. The coast is also way above what you would imagine.
    Put your original base stereo back and buy a CD Changer (OEM), is plug and play and instantly you can play 12 disks. The only down part is that it goes in the trunk (you already have the harness that ends with a connector in the power antenna area) so you don't need anything but the CD changer and the bracket/stand thing to mount it on the predrilled holes on the right side of the trunk behind the taillight. Should not take more than 20 minutes to install. Once connected to the car harness you stereo will display a CD icon on the top left side of the screen. Is blinking while is reading the disks (about 30-40 seconds) and then is solid on (meaning is ready to play disks). You use your SOURCE button on the stereo to select the CD changer. Before you use to have RADIO/TAPE now there is one extra stop RADIO/TAPE/CD Changer.
    Too bad you purchase the BOSE unit before asking.

    P.S. Make sure the CD changer comes with a magazine (or else is an extra $30). Also the bracket is the same between Seville/Deville/Eldorado, but not the same with other GM vehicles (Corvette, some Pontiacs).

    See this link, is ALL you need to know about CD changers in Cadillacs.

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