hey guys....i'm having/ have been having a problem with my stereo in my 92 325i. in very early july i was driving along and the stereo was starting to cut out, like two wires were touching that shouldnt have been. the next day, i get in the car and the radio isnt working. it was an aftermarket cd player that was working perfectly fine earlier the day before. everything was functioning as it should, except i'm not getting any sound at all, not even static. digging around the car a while ago, i found that the amp in the trunk had a blown fuse, so i replaced it. that solved nothing. now today, i just pulled another stereo out of my other car that i know works, and installed it in the E36 and i'm still having the same problem. any one have any ideas as to why i'm getting no sound?? any help would be great.
i dont think it is a wiring problem. i have checked the wiring many times and have found no problem with it anywhere. i've installed dozens of stereo's before and never had a problem. and if it was wiring, it wouldnt have just happened all of a sudden like it did.
are your stereos hooked up through the CD player? or through an amplifier? if its through the stereo then i'd say its a definite connection problem; but if you've replaced the stereo and still the same problem, im going to assume that your speakers are hooked up through an amplifier. if this is so, go out and buy a wire tester, its a little screw driver looking thing that has a tip on the and a light in the middle, im sure you know what im talking about. anyways, use that to try and test your connections, first connect it to your power to see if your getting sufficient amount to the amplifier, next hook that ground section up to it and test the power again to make sure your getting a sufficient ground connection, after that i'd test each and every one of your speakers, and if you can't find a solution i'd say replace the amplifier. if you blew a fuse, then there was a short with a connection somewhere, with amps if the short is still going on the amp will turn on but will usualy have a red light instead of a green one, or something of that sort.
the fuse i blew was in the stock amp or whatever in the trunk. i am assuming that is the problem. if it was a problem with wiring, either it would work or it wouldnt work. does anyone know if i could bypass the OEM amp in the trunk without a major re-wire deal? it's cold out and i dont feel like being out there for long if i dont have to.
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