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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 Install a Head Unit on a Stereo
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How to Choose Speakers for Your Car Stereo
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Car will not start and interior accessories are disabled. 1998 Saturn LS
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1998 Saturn LS. This sounds like you have a short somewhere in the electrical system. I would start by testing the power supply to each of the various components or first try...
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Speedometer jumps up/down and van backfires. 1998 GMC Savana
Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1998 GMC Savana 2500. The speedometer and radio may work together to adjust volume of the radio as the speed increases. The cluster or any of the affected modules may have a...
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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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Front passenger-side speaker does not work - 1998 BMW 323is
You are following the correct path - make sure the ground wire (brown on BMW's) has a good current path from the speaker to the chassis of the car. A multimeter can help you check resistance along the way. A...
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Whining and buzzing noise coming from head unit - 1997 Lexus LX450
I would check with the Alpine distributor who sold you this unit, and discuss your situation with them. They may have included relevant comments on mounting the head unit with the unit itself, but in any case, their Customer Service...
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Exhaust system issues and multiple malfunctioning within car - 1992 Lincoln Mark VII
The brakes and ABS are clearly the highest priority, being a safety issue. If the exhaust system is rusty or leaking exhaust gases somewhere other than the tailpipe, that should be repaired next. Other items follow in their order of...
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Bose system has poor sound quality
Hi there, thanks for asking about your 2004 Infiniti FX45. Sounds like you have a problem with the interface between the CD player and the sound system's amplifier. I would get the vehicle to a shop that does repairs on...
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Randomly radio shuts off and then tries to reboot
Since the radio is on, it's obviously got both power and ground to it. My guess is that either the radio has failed internally, or the control module is having issues. The module may be able to be reflashed to...
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USB adapter caused shock & gas smell in back seat
Hello. It sounds like you have a number of issues going on. The coolant leaking like this sounds like a failing head gasket. A block test would need to be done to see if it is failing. The shock is...
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Cut/spliced wires and interior lighting went off
Hi there, thanks for writing in. When you cut the wires to the stereo, you probably cut the two wires to the radio illumination. These wires are shared with the interior lighting and will need to be repaired. One wire...
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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 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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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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