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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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Cd player on ford says driver malfunction. What can I do?
Typically, when a factory radio unit fails or a component inside fails the radio should be replaced with a new or refurbished unit. You can contact your local dealer to find a factory replacement or consult an aftermarket vendors for...
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I have spilled juice on the dash of my 2012 Ford Explorer and now it the player is not working right.
Hello. If fluid was spilled into the system then it is going to short out intermittently until it fails all together. The only way to repair this is to replace it or to have it cleaned out. There are some...
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My MMI system keeps shutting off; will only stay on for 20 seconds. when it shuts off all the buttons become red.
Hi there. The Multi Media Interface (MMI) to your vehicle could have an issue with a button internal that is pushed making the system not function properly. Even though the buttons are not pushed, if a button is locked down...
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My car radio and inside light will not turn on. Then, I went to get a diagnostics but the place they attach the machine to
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely experiencing an electrical issue. You will want to start by testing all of the fuses and relays under the hood, in the inside fuse box, and under the driver's dashboard....
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Radio plug cut
Hello there, a cut plug for the radio of your 2001 Mercedes ML320 is a large problem. The radio plugs are most often cut when an aftermarket radio and speakers are installed. With wiring that has been damaged or cut...
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Radio cuts out then comes back on when shifting gears
Hello, thank you for writing in. While it is apparent there is an electrical issue, you will want to consider that there may be a component which is failing, or there may be a tangled or damaged wire. When the...
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Radio stays on after closing the driver door.
Hi there. The issue seems to be the back door switch. Check the back door switch and see if the ground is clean or loose. The ground on the door switch is the bolt that holds the door switch to...
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Radio Not Turning On
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle's radio head unit may have failed. If the fuses look good and it is not coming on, along with no sound from the speakers then it may be possible...
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Radio goes off and on intermittently
Hello, thank you for writing in. With intermittent electrical issues, wiring problems are usually to blame. Both the power supply and the ground connection are required for the radio to function. If either of these is loose or has a...
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CD Player Went Out The Next Day.....
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your particular vehicle has a history of these issues. A lot of them are related to using burnt discs, and there is a theory that the labels do not agree with the player's head...
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My security light doesn't work, nor do my radio in my 2001 Chevy Malibu
Hello. You may have two different issues going on here. If the security light is not coming on at all then you may have a problem with the bulb or with the body control module. If the vehicle is actually...
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Radio has no power to it. Checked the fuses and they're fine.
Hi there. Remove the radio from the dashboard console and check the harness to the radio and make sure that it's plugged in. If the harness is plugged in, then remove the harness and check for power to the harness....
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Bought used. Need to erase PIN number. Phone
Hello, thank you for writing in. Resetting the system should be as easy as holding a few buttons and accessing the right menu. From there it should be rather straight forward once you reach the menu. On some models, you...
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How do you get stuck CD out of a CD player?
Hi there. You will have to either try to pull out the second CD if you can, or you will have to remove the CD player from the dash and take it apart to retrieve the two CD's without damaging...
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Car radio and odometer will not shut off.
Hi there. Find the power source to the radio and see where it is leading within the dash. It is possible that the wires may have a short within each system. This will cause the load on the battery when...
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Left brake light message keeps showing up on my dash. It was replaced. Is there a problem?
Hi there. Check the brake lights on the vehicle and see if they are working. If the lights are working, then there could be a problem with the circuit for the brake lights or the brake light switch could have...
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Installing CD changer and there is no plug for it.
Hi there. Look behind the driver seat or if the vehicle has 4 doors, look behind the driver side passenger rear seat. You may find the CD 6 pack changer cord there. Usually the dealership puts the 6 pack CD...
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Just had my starter replaced by a local auto shop. Now I don't have any cab lights, gauges, cigarette lighter, or radio radio, but the headlights do work.
Hi there. Check all of the ground wires to the starter and battery and make sure that they are connected properly. If the electrical components worked before replacing the starter, then there could have been a power surge that caused...
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Speedometer stopped working and gauge lights stopped working after installing a subwoofer and a stereo.
Hi there. Check to see where the ground and positive wires to the subwoofer are attached to. Also check the remote wire, power wire, and the ground wire from the radio to where they are attached to. It is possible...
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Why would my radio and speedometer stop working on my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
Hello. If both of these issues started occurring at the same time it is because there is an issue with voltage in the system. Most of the time on this vehicle it is caused by either a low battery, a...

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