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How to Buy a Car Stereo Head Unit
Car audio is big business with seemingly limitless options for upgrading and improving your sound system. You can: Add more audio sources (such as satellite radio) Add more car...
How to Install a Head Unit on a Stereo
Virtually all vehicles built in the past fifty years come with some sort of audio entertainment system as standard equipment. While most of the original equipment stereos on...
How to Connect Your iPod to a Car Stereo
You don’t have to break the bank upgrading your vehicle’s factory stereo just to listen to your iPod’s or MP3 player’s music. There are plenty of methods to connect your...
How to Unlock a Chevrolet Theftlock Radio
Theftlock is a theft prevention system designed into GM-brand radios starting in the mid-1990’s. This system is designed to lock the radio from use in the event of a loss of power,...
How to Get Better Sound Out of the System in Your Car
With factory sound systems getting better and better, it isn’t always necessary to replace the system for ultra-high quality sound. There is, however, always room for improvement, so you...
How to Listen to CDs in a Car Without a CD Player
While the primary purpose of driving your car is to get from Point A to Point B, you might as well enjoy the process, especially if you have a lengthy...
How to Choose Speakers for Your Car Stereo
Whether you're replacing a car's speaker that's blown or just want to upgrade the sound system. Be sure to pick the right speakers that work for you.

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I have a stereo problem, got any suggestions for an upgrade?
Hello, there is a lot of after market options you can do to install an touch screen radio in your car. Multiple places sell self install kits where it includes the harness to plug and play your new radio. Sometimes...
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After installing sub system, all of the doors have no power, lights or window power but they still lock. The stereo has lights but no sound.
Hi there. Back track all of the wiring from when the Amp was installed. Disconnect the Amp first to activate the windows and roll them up. Check to see where the wires were tapped into. The ground wire should have...
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How can I prove my car dealer's service department broke the CD in my Hyundai Santa Fe?
Hi there. Unfortunately, there is really no way of proving when damage was done to an electrical, accessory component. This happens more often than not when work is being done behind the dashboard or when removing dash components is needed...
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I need some guidance before making a big purchase
Hello - Choosing an aftermarket radio receiver can be tricky; I would consult with Crutchfield. They are automotive sound system experts and have great technical support for questions like this one.
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problem with USB
Hi there. Most of the time this is caused by a corruption in the entertainment module. I have seen this occur a few times on this vehicle. You should still have a warranty on the vehicle so the dealer should...
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Electrical power problem. My CD command unit and display have no power.
Hello. If your CD and command unit have no power or display, then the first thing I would do is check the fuses. I would look in the vehicle's interior fuse box to see if any of the fuses may...
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Car loses power when coming to a stop. Radio resets then loses power. Replaced battery and alternator. No code given when this occurs.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check for any loose ground wires under the dash. There also could be a loose ground wire to the computer causing it to temporary shut down and make everything flicker. Check the ground...
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My radio stopped working and I tried to replace it. I have the 12V line yellow and the red and black lines in but it won't come on.
Hello. If the radio is not cutting on, it could be for a few reasons. The first thing I would do is check the vehicle's interior fuses to see if any are blown. It may be possible that one of...
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Low voltage radio error
Hi there. Check the battery cables for any corrosion. If there is corrosion, then clean the battery posts with baking soda and water mixed. Then check the voltage on the battery. If the voltage is 12.6 to 12.4, then the...
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Stereo turns on but there's no sound.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like you may have a fault with either the radio head unit or the amplifier. Check all the fuses and replace as necessary. The stereo amplifier may have developed an internal fault...
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Radio turns on but there's no sound
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 1991 Volvo 740. I would suggest checking all of the speaker wire connections as these often times run underneath seats and sometimes have more than one connection to get to the stereo. It...
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Electric problems
Hello - this sounds like a real mess! Check fuses first of course, to eliminate the simple problems. Then, it's time to break out the electrical diagnostic equipment and dive into the wiring. There are likely multiple wiring and/or connector...
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Would a 2004 F-150 radio work in my 2007 Ford Explorer truck?
Hi there. Any radio will work in your truck. The only thing is you may have to get a installation kit to help with the radio fit and seal around it. If you need further assistance with your radio in...
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Bluetooth has failed
Hello, thanks for writing in. Having to "replace the computer" seems a bit extreme. Most bluetooth issues can be resolved by turning the phone off, then back on. If you are using an iPhone, make sure "autosync" is turned off...
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Want to be able to use stereo when car is off.
Hi there. Check the power outlet to the vehicle in the dash. Usually the outlet is set to power on only when the key is on. You could change the power wire from the fuse box from power with key...
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Why are my wipers, horn and radio not working. 2015 Nissan Altima
Hello. I would need to know if all of these went out at the same time. I also need to know if anything led up to this occurring. Most of the time when this many circuit fail at one time...
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My radio and dash lights turn off once my vehicle has stopped and the driver door is open. Is this something you can repair?
Hi there. The wires to the dash and radio may have been shorted with the speaker wires that run to the doors. When the driver door is opened, the wires may short out causing a short to ground eliminating the...
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I have no dash instruments (radio, wipers, heater) but the car does crank and run
To find the solution to a problem like this it would be best to start where the power comes into these systems. The interior fuses should be checked and a technician can check for power flow to the components that...
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My car's center console has no power
Hello. If your center console and radio unit is no longer working after the battery is disconnected then it may be possible that a fuse has blown. I would check the vehicle's interior fuse box to see if any of...
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The factory stereo connector was cut and I need to install a new connector.
Hi there. Look at the wiring on the harness and look at the new connector. Make sure that there are the same amount of wires on the connector and on the harness. Then check the wires. There should be a...

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