Halp?!

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  1. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    Can anyone tell me why the volume on my radio doesn't work?

    The CD player, aux, and am/fm turns on but no sounds comes through. I can hear the amp turning on and off sporadically....
    I checked the fuses and everything looks fine there. No wires are loose. I've been without music in my vehicle for close to three months now :(
  2. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Your head unit (radio) is probably dead, you can find company to install a new one.
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    Like Hans said it's probably time for a new one.
  4. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Yep, sounds to me like your amplifier shorted out and released that magic blue smoke. You know what I'm talking about. The stuff that comes out when an electronic device burns up. After it gets released, you can never put it back and the device will never work the same again!

    ~Will Courtier~
  5. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    Is it an expensive fix?
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    It all depends on what you want to spend. You can spend $50-$1000 on a head unit. Installation will cost you ~$50.

    I'd just personally go with something relatively cheap. But, I'm not an audiophile anymore. :)

    ~Will Courtier~
  7. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh Giant Meteor 2016 #MakeAmericanBrannigan Staff Member

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    Just get the cheapest unit you can find with an aux input to play shit off your phone.

    Actually.. given the potato quality of pictures your phone takes, I'm going to assume it doesn't have mp3 capabilities. You might want to find one with an 8 track or cassette player built in. :p
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  8. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Ha! 8 track :)!
    I remember the last 8track I bought. It was a marantz matrix-quad. The only tapes made in quad 4 channel that interested me was albums of
    Black Oak Arkansas and Grand Funk Railroad!
    Brings back memories of cruising to the river, parking in the woods and smoking hash while listening to "House Of Carma' and 'We're an American Band' 4-channel goodness.
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    If you want to save money and DIY, you can probably buy the same brand as the one you have now, Pull yours out, unplug the connector and plug the new one in. Different brands use different connectors but if you get the same brand within the same era of head-unit, you can do it this way. Otherwise, depending on how it was wired up, it may cost you $$ in labor/ wiring harness to swap them.
  10. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    Lurker wins!
    I like the way the stock one looks, so I'm trying to find time to check which one I'll need, and find it on eBay or sumpin

    Harrrr harrr Smersh. I have t-Rex arms...that's why those pictures are always so close up. And I use an iPhone 4 camera so the quality isn't going to be the best. Quit complaining!
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    Closeup isn't the problem, its the tiny, compressed image that is the problem!
  12. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    I don't know how to fix that! Didn't even realize that was goin on...
  13. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    I just want to say that I changed my first idler pulley and my belt all lll lll by myself I had someone tell me what might be wrong with it but I changed it all by myself!!!!!


    So proud of myself
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Awesome! Some of those are hard to get to. Good job.
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  16. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    Ha, I had to swap out the idler pulley on my 2006 Chevy 2500HD Duramax... Took me over a day to get the damn thing broke free. Couldn't hit it with the torch, since the entire bracket it mounted to was aluminum. And, I didn't want to pull the radiator out (was trying to avoid draining and refilling the 10 gallon cooling system).

    But, I really can't complain. The ol' truck has 330,000 miles on it and has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

    ~Will Courtier~
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    There's absolutely nothing good about working on a transverse mounted engine IMHO. Our old G6 had a transverse mounted V6 and you couldn't even drop a pencil down between the pulleys and the fender well covers.If you were to drop a wrench down there, you'd better hope it wouldn't get in the way of anything important because you'd nearly have to pull the V6 to get it back out.
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    Meh, you can still use a pretty healthy dose of map gas torch to break something attached to aluminum free. Oxyacetylene would be a no no, though.
    Glad it's fixed.

    I just got to deal with the wonderful world of Mercedes electrical! All of a sudden I had no gauge cluster (minus speedo) or tail/brake lights! Luckily it was something very simple.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Last time I had a cluster go bad like that, it was just a pinched wire harness. I patched it up and everything came back to life.
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    Mine was a shot ground. Luckily it was easy to spot and I didn't have to spend half a day going over all 17 grounds.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Ground contacts are the first thing I check in Japanese cars.
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    nidex Hood Rich

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    But... but... my daily is not Japanese. :(

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  23. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Wiring harness or bad molex?