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Old 02-10-2017, 08:21 AM   #1
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Radio/Speaker Problems

Hello All! Hopefully someone can help diagnose my problem. My 2011 1500 has the speakers intermittently working. The factory Media Center 130 RES w/ Satellite Radio. Never had a problem and suddenly last week the speakers quit working when in am/fm mode. After the trucks been on for over a half hour they will suddenly all start working. Here's the really odd part, if I put a cd in everything plays fine. Sound from all speakers and never stops...The problem only occurs in am/fm mode. I've pulled and checked the fuse, disconnected the positive battery cable, nothing has made a difference. Has anyone ever experienced or heard of anything like this? I'm completely at a loss now and don't know what else to try....

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Old 02-10-2017, 12:26 PM   #2
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sounds like the head unit is getting ready to take a crap
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sounds like the head unit is getting ready to take a crap
I kind of assumed this after searching everything and everywhere and reading a ton of threads. Just don't want to buy something new, put it in and not be the problem. I've seen where these radios have been having a lot of issues for people and hoped someone had experienced or heard of this before. Just strange that it comes and goes in am/fm mode but there are no problems in cd mode. Hopefully somebody has some hints or knows how to do a factory reset of the radio. Hell it could even be a problem with the amp....I don't know
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90% of the time it's the radio I have changed a few at work something with the programming since is actually a computer now not so much a radio anymore! The fix for the ones I did was a new head unit but if you go that route might as well get a nice aftermarket one with a ton of extra features thy have out now.
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Does anyone know if there is a fairly easy way to test the head unit to verify that's the problem before buying a new radio to install? I'm assuming the only way is to pull the existing radio and plug another one in?
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An aftermarket head unit is cheaper and you get more features. I buy from Crutchfield on the internet, and my local HiFi Cruzin' store.
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Yeah, it's the head unit for sure. Nothing external with the possible exception of the antenna will give you intermittent radio with a fully functioning CD player.
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Yeah, it's the head unit for sure. Nothing external with the possible exception of the antenna will give you intermittent radio with a fully functioning CD player.
Thank u! Guess I'll be shopping for an aftermarket replacement. Anyone have any good recommendations on nice touchscreen units that fit well?
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Kenwood. Love their stuff. I listen to a lot of am/fm radio, and the tuners retain FM stereo very well without using excessive noise reduction, and the am side is very listenable. It's almost impossible to find a tuner that has decent AM anymore. All other aspects of Kenwood equipment have been really good, too, in my opinion. I keep going back to it. Have Pioneer and Blaupunkt head units in other vehicles that sound fine, but not as happy with the tuners in them.
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There are several outlets that give you fitment guides for your model of truck. I like Crutchfield just because of their nice color catalog, but onlinecarstereo.com and Sonic Electronix have good selections and prices, too.
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