Very happy to hear it's solved, but that doesn't address the cause. If it doesn't act up again for another five years, I'd put up with it and remember the fix. When the problem is common enough that saturntech9 is aware of it, that means it is not due to something that broke down in your radio. It's due to a design issue. There is some other cause of the locking up that is due to something outside the radio. They weren't aware of the cause when they designed the radio so they didn't include protection against it.
Chrysler had a similar problem with Body Computers locking up on '92 Caravans. That caused a dead instrument cluster, interior lights, and door locks. (All those things cars have had for decades and didn't need to have a computer involved). The cheap fix was to disconnect the battery for a few seconds. The proper fix was to replace the computer with an improved one that was not susceptible to locking up, AND to replace up to a dozen relays with improved ones that did not develop the voltage spikes that caused the computer to lock up.
The insane engineers are adding all kinds of unnecessary electronics and as a result, we have the typical problems that go with that technology. If you ever have to send your radio out to be repaired, in addition to that repair, it will likely have a modification installed to prevent locking up in the future. This is the type of problem that many people will experience and complain about, and there will be a fix developed for it. The improved, or modified radio will have either a different model number or an "AA" or "AB" added to the existing model number to denote something was changed in the design.
Thanks saturntech9. Always happy to learn of an inexpensive alternative to the costly repair centers.
Friday, May 18th, 2012 AT 5:52 PM