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    Hi all, I have a tax disk holder that has a wire going into it. Anyone know what it does and if it's ok to just cut off?
    It was a company car before I owned it.
    Also had a phone holder for the old nokias all companys used. Will cutting the wires to this effect anything at all?

    Put a kenwood stereo in recently and was fine but put a new iso lead in so I can use steering controls and its now wired into permanant live, I'm not to clued up on the electrics though so any help getting it wired back into the ignition live would be very helpful.


    Other than these I just have the door lock button not working on drivers door, and skip track button on steering stopped working today

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    Hi Re the tax disc - could it be some sort of aerial for a mobile that is built into the holder - some of the older phones needed an aerial to operate on the move.

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    Ahh could well be. Wasnt sure if it was a tax disk or some permit holder but probably is an aerial

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    Nokia used to use aerials built into a tax disk holder. I had one in my Vectra as part of an old CARK-91 which also had a large phone cradle fixed to a special Brodit clip under the end of the heater control unit.

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    I wouldn't of thought it would be to much trouble to trace the wires to where they are connected and cut them out/unplug them, much better than just cutting them if thats your intention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neve'o View Post
    I wouldn't of thought it would be to much trouble to trace the wires to where they are connected and cut them out/unplug them, much better than just cutting them if thats your intention.
    I wasnt sure if they would be plugged in or properly wired in. Ill trace them back when I get time and see.

    Any help with the permanant live on the stereo?

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    Wiring from all parts of the car kit (e.g. microphone, aerial, cradle) goes to a small-ish black box so just follow the cables to find it. It'll probably be behind the glovebox which is only 6 screws to remove. You will either have a dedicated speaker for the car kit or it'll be wired into the car stereo for audio output.

    If the latter, it may be via the connectors on the back of the stereo or via the VDA connector (most commonly fitted on early high-spec cars) which is a dedicated connector for car phones that is located outside the left side of the stereo cage. Connection to the VDA connector is via an adaptor cable or - if the installer was cheap and lazy - cutting into the connector wiring.

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