Ok so I went ahead and went to the junkyard because I figured it wouldnt hurt to try and man am I glad I did! It took almost half a day and alot of troubleshooting but I finally have a working radio and cd player! Here is what I figured out! I took apart the old radio and there was a big burned area on the circut board so I asume that was the problem! So next I got a factory radio just like mine from the junkyard and put it in my car. But it didnt work and showed a "locked" message on the screen. I utubed how to unlock a radio in my car and found that the easiest and cheapest way is to remove the security chip on the circut board but all the videos were for a different kind of 2005 malibu. The classic and I have the maxx which has a different radio! So I looked at the circut board and there was only two chips that looked similar to the ones they removed in the video and since the junkyard had two cars with the radio I needed I figured if the first one didnt work I would just start over with the second one since it had to be one or the other! Luckily I guessed right the first time and was able to remove the chip and unlock the radio. BUT there was no sound on the radio at all! Ok so that radio was broken :(. But I took it back and went and got the second radio from the junkyard and took out the security chip and turned it on :). The cd player was broken :( so I went back to my original radio that my daughter put coins in and took out the cd player slot thingy very carefully and put it in the second new radio and finally everything works! Yay I saved almost $300 on a new radio and a device that would allow me to keep some features that came with my factory radio and I am quite proud of myself! I will post a pic of the burnt area I found on the circuit board and one of the security chip I had to remove to unlock the new radio! In the pictures my finger is pointing to the burnt area and to the very small black chip that I removed. I hope this helps someone in the future because I couldnt find anything to help with my particular car! Oh and I also got a minor injury while trying to take apart the radio. The tool I was using to pry it open slipped and I cut open my finger but it was worth it!
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Monday, October 17th, 2016 AT 2:29 PM