Saturn Radio HELP - FUSE?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by mom324929, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. mom324929

    mom324929 Guest

    Help PLEASE..
    My 1999 SL1 radio.. Wow - where to start.. A couple of years is when this
    all started- but for the last year or so we just went without a radio
    altogether.. Anyways - it started with the fuse blowing on the radio,
    etc.. We were just replacing it- but if the car it a big bump, it would
    blow again.. Now it wont work at ALL. If you put a fuse in, even one
    larger than recommended- it blows automatically?? If I go to a saturn
    dealer - they want 400 bucks to just put a new radio in - but is this
    really the problem?? Any help please!!! Email is .
    thanks
     
    mom324929, Apr 12, 2004
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  2. First off, 400$ for a new radio unit is WAY too much. I paid 250$ for a
    nice aftermarket radio/CD.

    Secondly, putting in bigger than the recommended fuse is, well, not
    recommended. Fuses are protective devices, and if they are blowing it
    means that something is wrong ;)

    All that said it sounds like you have a short circuit - that is, wires
    are making contact with things they shouldn't - ie, the metal frame
    around the center cluster.

    I would pull the radio out and check the harness wires to see if they
    could have been accidentally jammed into the steel frame and have
    damaged insulation - check carefully. Check to be sure that the
    connector which links the radio to the car wiring (it is a black block
    which looks like an odd shaped plug with lots of colored wires coming
    out of it) is secure and the two ends are connected solidly.

    While it is _possible_ that the radio itself is at fault, it seems more
    likely the wiring.

    If the wiring is damaged, don't just put electrical tape on it - go to
    radioshack and look into using one of the following types of connectors
    to repair the wiring:

    http://www.radioshack.com/product.a..._name=CTLG_011_003_004_000&product_id=64-3085
    http://www.radioshack.com/product.a..._name=CTLG_011_003_004_000&product_id=64-3109
    http://www.radioshack.com/product.a..._name=CTLG_011_003_004_000&product_id=64-3131

    Each of those connector types have protective casing to keep them from
    shorting if they contact metal. Be sure to use the right color
    connector - different colors are generally different size connectors.

    If the wiring which goes into the radio itself is damaged, you may have
    to hit a junkyard and see if you can just find a new one. Also, by
    putting bigger fuses in than are meant to be, the radio itself could
    possibly be damaged.

    HTH,
    -rj
     
    richard hornsby, Apr 12, 2004
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  3. mom324929

    M. Butkus Guest

    Somewere a wire is hitting ground. Maybe in the radio. Get a nice
    aftermarket. Much better and way cheaper. Many big electronic stores will
    install cheap or free... depending on the sale. $150 is about what you
    need. Depending if you need 6 CD or just radio.
     
    M. Butkus, Apr 13, 2004
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