98 VW CABRIO - REPLACED THE RADIO; SPEAKERS STOPPED WORKING
1998 Volkswagen Cabriolet
April, 16, 2012 AT 5:39 PM
I replaced the factory installed radio with a beautiful AIWA CD/USB radio. The radio installed seamlessly, the harness fit perfectly into the VW's snap lock connections. I even pre-purchased the antenna converter. The unit powered up and immediately began searching out radio stations for pre-sets (18 available spots). I was about to select my first pre-set and all of a sudden quiet. The radio is on, I can switch or select stations, the "power or sound bars" are jumping up and down but no sound. I check all the fuses and relays, still nothing. I check the radio fuse it's fine, I check all the wires and wire connections all fine. Next day I take the radio back to Best Buy they jack it in and bang, sound out the ying yang. They check the harness, no problems. I bring everything home re-connect and still no sound. WTF! Any clues? Thanks.
One if the wires has to be interfering with the new radio or the
radio with the stock wiring.
April, 16, 2012 AT 11:30 PM
"I was about to select my first pre-set and all of a sudden quiet."
Are we to assume there was some sound at first, then it quit? If there was never any sound, the car probably has an external amplifier that needs a turn-on signal. All aftermarket radios have a wire for that. It is usually blue and may be labeled "power antenna" or "remote".