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Edward, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  ASE certified. Auto Transmission rebuilder for Ford Motor Co. from 91 to 2000
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I have a 2004 Escape with a single CD player with cassette.

Customer Question

I have a 2004 Escape with a single CD player with cassette. I want to install a six CD player, but the plugs on the back don't match up. Is there an adapter I can add to make the change?
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with a Ford. The Ford Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes, unless it requires a wire harness being changed.
JA: Great! What have you tried so far? Is there anything else the Ford Mechanic should be aware of about your Ford?
Customer: I removed the single player with not problem, that's when I found the difference in plugs. Other sites I have checked say there is a pigtail to make the change. I need to know if this is true or not.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Hello, Eddie here and I will do all I can to help. First, is the six CD changer your wanting to install a Ford unit?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is anyone there?
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Alright, There is a difference of one wire I believe, because the 6 changer came with a factory amplifier or preimum sound and I believe your base radio did not.

Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

I'm looking at both radio diagrams now, did the 6 changer come out of an escape ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I purchased it from ebay. Said it was for a ford escape and a mercury.
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Alright, I follow you. You didn't get any harness with the new radio correct? just the unit itself without any wires?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just the unit itself, no harness
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

I know what you need, I'm trying to find it. Thanks for your patience.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

You need a regular radio harness to premium radio harness. I'm not sure Ford makes it, so I'm looking at other options. thank you for your patience.

Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Do any of your plugs fit your radio? I believe you only had 1 going to it, or do none of them fit in the 6 cd changer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The plug on the single player does not match any of the plugs on the six disc.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The single player has one plug, the six disc .has three plugs
Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

Alright, I follow you on that. what you will need is one of these, this plugs into your existing wiring harness, Then you will need the 3 plugs off a premium system wiring harness, and splice those together, and it should work then, however, you don't have a factory amplifier in your vehicle now, so you'll basically have a premium sound receiver, without the premium sound package, but I believe if you match your wire colors up by looking at the diagram that you will have 4 speakers that all work, it just won't sound quite as good as a Ford factory premium sound would.

My advice would be to get these plugs from a junkyard and cut out the plugs, but here are some links to two of the plug kits that you will need to splice together.

Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

that harness will plug into your current 6 changer cd.

Expert:  Edward replied 1 year ago.

And that harness will plug into your existing 1 plug for the radio, then you follow the wiring diagram to wire up the 6 changer to the factory harness. That is the way I would do it, If you've never done it before, or don't feel comfortable with wiring and wiring diagrams, then I might just suggest best buy or a car stereo place for this installation. Let me know if you have any further questions. Thank you.