Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
The remote line is a +12 volt line that runs from your ignition switch to your deck and amp (factory deck) and/or directly from your deck to your amp (aftermarket deck). The current is caried into the amp, and then runs out the negative terminal on the amp to your chassis. If you connect the switch to the car chassis the current will take the path of least resistance and return to the battery without lighting up the amp, and if the switch does not have a light (to place a load on the circuit) you may very well short out your deck.
(P.S. your chassis is not really ground per se, as the chassis is connected to the negative terminal of the battery.)
To sumarize Spaz_boy:
Go to radioshack (or wherever), find a switch that only has 2 little tabs on the bottom and does not say "momentary" on the package.
Bring it home (hopefully pay for it)
Wire up one side to the deck and the other to the amp.
Last edited by firsttrepowned; 02-05-2007 at 10:13 AM.