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Old 12-28-2011, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I am having an issue with a 1999 E36 323ic that I bought used a few months ago. I got the code to the radio, pushed it in, the radio display turned the orange color it is suppose to but I am not getting any sound out of the radio. I checked the back of the radio and the 7.5 amp fuse is good, the big black box with all the speaker wires and the power wire is plugged in, the little silver anntenna looking thing is screwed in place on the back and the anntanea wire is plugged up. I can hear sound coming out of the top of the headunit (radio itself) but not coming through the speakers. The sound is so low you have to lay your ear ontop of the radio to hear it but I can tell what is being played if I do that and when I change the channel all of that works too. Can anyone help me get the sound to come out of my speakers please....I am starting to get tired of laying my phone in the passenger seat just to listen to the music I have downloaded in on it. Thanks...
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Have a look at the Amp in the trunk/boot area...
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I just pulled the amp out..come to find out (the hard way) the amp is actually behind the passenger seat in the back next to the subwoofer. Im guessing bc its a convertible they placed it there. Anyways all the wires were plugged in and look to be in good shape. Is there anyway to test the amp to see if maybe it is fried. Like I said earlier it is coming out the top of the headunit but it is really quiet. Nothing out the speakers though. Is there anyway to test this further. I would hate to buy a new amp if its not broke.
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Did you try disconnecting and reconnecting any/all the plugs (even on the HU)?
This sometimes works...
Double check all the ground(s)/earth(s) too. ;-)
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I did all that and no results...oh well. Im guessing it is just fried. I can get a used one off of ebay off of a 96 97 98 328i that looks identical. I think that might be my simple fix. I might try something different tomorrow and see but looks like im running out of options.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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did you check the fuse built into the amp
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Yeah I checked it too. It appears to be ok. Im waiting on an amp from my Uncle who lives in Georgia so I will have to see if that fixes the problem. If I does I guess my amp was the issue. I will let yall know. Thanks for the help. Any more Ideas would be great. All I know to do is just swap out the amps and see if it works :/
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Check the wiring too buddy, could be a broken one in there! Especially if some cowboy did a re-fit !!!
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how many amps is the head unit putting out, I installed a radio in mine and it worked fine, but after about an hour it would blink out, checked it out and it was hot as hell put in a lower amp head unit and it now work fine havent had problems for 2 years.
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but the head unit you have may be over loading the factory amp. but switch them out and let me know.
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