Reasons the Radio in Vehicle Just Quit - Chevrolet Electrical Service Information in Beaverton, OR

The car radio has been standard equipment for a long time. They're so important for drivers that a huge aftermarket industry has sprung up around car audio. Today, the radios that are coming from the factory are especially advanced with things like Bluetooth®, navigation, and even built-in subwoofers. So, what happens if you start up your vehicle and the radio isn't working? Perhaps you're driving along minding your own business when suddenly the radio cuts out and won't come back on. Below, we look at five of the more common reasons behind car audio problems.

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5. A Fuse Needs to be Replaced

A car radio will have at least one fuse to protect the unit from things like power surges or other electrical issues. If too much current is sent to the audio system, this fuse will blow out and disconnect the circuit to save the main radio. On newer models, there are a variety of fuses for the entertainment system. If you're familiar with a basic voltage or electrical continuity meter, it's relatively easy to check the fuses. Often, simply replacing the bad fuse will solve the problem. However, if the new fuse blows out shortly after it was installed, a different problem with the electrical system will need to be addressed.

4. There's a Problem with the Wiring

If your vehicle is equipped with the unmodified stock radio, wiring issues are far less common. However, we frequently see vehicles with aftermarket car audio systems that have wiring issues. This is common because these systems aren't always installed properly, or the system simply isn't designed to work on the model of vehicle it's been installed in. The wiring for power, intermittent power, antenna, speakers, and even steering wheel controls all must be done just right for the audio system to work correctly.

Other car stereo wiring problems include a bad ground wire, a wiring short, and intermittent or otherwise loose wire connections. Even when aftermarket car audio systems are installed properly, the reliability of your radio is still better off with OEM and factory-approved products.

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3. There's a problem with the Speakers or Their Wiring

Part of this is closely related to #4 in that each speaker is wired to the main head unit. If these wires aren't correctly routed and connected, one or more of the speakers can cut out. What's more, speakers will deteriorate over time. They make sound with a cone that creates sound waves. When the speaker gets old, it eventually becomes less effective. You may recognize this problem as a crackling sound from the speaker.


2. Antenna or Tuner has a Problem

You may recall the days when vehicles had a long antenna mounted on a fender or elsewhere on the exterior of the vehicle. These were prone to getting knocked off in car washes or simply vanishing without explanation. If the antenna in your vehicle is the problem, you'll find that other parts of the system like the CD player will work, but the basic radio will not. The same symptoms will arise if the tuner in the radio has stopped working. The best way to find out which one to blame is to let the factory-trained technicians take care of it at your local dealership.

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1. Your Radio May Be Equipped with Anti-Theft Technology

When it comes to radio problems, this is one of the easiest and least expensive problems to have. Some radio systems come with anti-theft programming that render the radio useless unless a specific procedure is followed by the vehicle's owner. A good indication that this is the problem with your radio is the display. It won't look the way it normally does, and you may need to put in a code to get the radio working again. A disconnected or dead battery is a common reason for car radios to kick into their anti-theft mode.

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