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Gone are the days of toting around cassette tapes or CDs in cases to keep tunes on hand when you're on the go. Today, we have playlists on our...
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How to Diagnose Blown Car Speakers
Even the highest-quality audio systems wear out over time, especially if you like to listen to your music at a high volume. If your car’s speakers seem muted or if they...
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Installing new car speakers can greatly improve the quality of audio when you listen to the radio or music in your car.
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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Horn Switch
If the horn makes no sound or sounds different, or if you do not find any blown fuses, you may need to replace the horn switch.
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How to Remove a CD Jammed in a Car Player
It can be really easy to get frustrated at a stuck CD, especially when you’ve been forced to listen to the same song over and over every time you get...
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...
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It can be upsetting to know you just put a bunch of your hard-earned money into a new car stereo, only to realize it sounds terrible. You changed the head unit,...
How to Replace a Hole in a Speaker
If you want a good sound system, you need a good set of speakers. Speakers are basically air pistons that move back and forth creating different sound frequencies. Alternating current is fed...
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 Choose a Good Aftermarket Car Radio
Not everyone is satisfied with the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) radio that comes with their car and many people want to buy a new one. With so many different types of...
How to Soundproof Your Car
When you install a quality sound system, you want to enjoy your music without road noise, not disturbing those outside of the car. Sound deadening allows you to...
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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Upgrade stereo size dimensions - 2013 Infiniti FX37
Hello. The exact speaker sizes depend on whether or not your vehicle is equipped with a Bose system. If it not, then your vehicle uses 2 x 3.5" tweeters in the dash, 2 x 6.5" speakers in the doors, and...
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Acts like the battery is low and when i try to start it, lights flicker and tries to turn over
It is very possible that your battery could be completely finished off. I would recommend disconnecting the sound system and installing a new battery in the vehicle to see how the vehicle performs. It is certainly possible that the sound...
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Truck won't start after battery replacement
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1995 Isuzu Pickup. You said you hear it trying to start, which means to me that it is cranking but not starting. If the engine cranks normally but doesn't start, the cause...
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No sound coming from speakers - BMW 525xi
This sounds like an amplifier failure. Fortunately, this is not a dealer specific item and remanufactured amplifiers are available. The equipment level of the sound system needs to be determined in order to locate the proper amplifier and it can...
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My new after-market speakers do not seem to fit properly. What should I do?
Variations in sizing is a common problem with after-market speakers. These speakers tend to be a little smaller than the original speakers. You can try to make them work in place of the normal speakers but due to their smaller...
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Front Door Speaker not working
Hello. If you think about how often your front driver door is opened and shut, chances are the issue is the wiring harness. The door being opened and shut stresses out the wires in the door jam. The slamming of...
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Stereo stopped working, then it works with no volume.
Hi there. Check the wiring on the radio and see if it has came loose. Loose contacts of the harness or a loose ground wire will cause the radio to shut on and off at any time and possibly keep...
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My front speakers don't work. Not sure if they are broken, if there is a short, or if they are unplugged.
Hi there. Check the speaker wires under the dash and see if they are disabled or detached. If the wiring is good and connected to the speakers, then check the settings on the radio and see if the front speakers...
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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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About 2 gallons of water spilled in the cargo space (trunk) and now the speakers do not work and the DOS system is malfunctioning
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. You may have either got the speakers in the back wet with the water or some wires were exposed under the carpet in the trunk space and caused a short to the speakers. Check...
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Replacement speakers for my truck.
Hi there. The best solution to this is to remove the speakers from the truck and take them into an audio shop that you are wanting to buy speakers at and have them matched up with the wattage and size....
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My truck will not start and the key is locked in the ignition.
Hi there. Check the wiring to the sound system and look to see where the power and ground wires are coming from. Most likely you have tapped into the main ignition power source and isolated the ignition switch power source....
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Media Center does not work in my car. How much does it cost to replace the unit?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to replace the media system - the radio, Bluetooth, and no sound issue.
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There is a high pitch noise coming from speakers when using the air conditioning.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. Check the ground wires to the fan motor. The noise is the current from the fan motor going through the speaker wires. The stereo may be mounted on the same ground as the...
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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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After installing 2 new sub woofers in the vehicle, there was a pop and now the engine will not start.
Hi there. It seems that the ground wires to the amplifier was not hooked up properly and shorted out either the fuel pump or an electrical circuit near the rear of the vehicle. It is best to relocate the ground...
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How to power subwoofer's to the battery?
Hi there. When routing the wiring to the engine compartment, you will need to drill a hole in the firewall under the dashboard to send the wires to the battery in the engine compartment. The subwoofer (amplifier) should have a...
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How many amps should my car's alternator have for a audio amplifier?
If your vehicle has a factory alternator in the vehicle, then I recommend putting in an alternator that can put out 60 amps more than the factory settings. For example, if your alternator puts out 100 amps, then you should...
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I have a electronic question regarding the battery usage
When installing a power inverter in your vehicle, check the label on the inverter and see what the amps is for to operate it. The amps should be 30 or less. As long as the amperage draw is low, then...

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