2001 Dodge Caravan Radio

Tiny
LILROWMOM
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  • 2001 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 218,540 MILES
I noticed a little while ago that my stereo was starting to blink out sometimes, but when the van was turned off then on again, the stereo was set properly again. Then one day the entire thing went black. Nothing is working on it at all, not the clock or the cd player. Nothing happens when I turn the it on at all. I took it in because I cant find the fuse panel, and the one person I spoke to checked the fuse panel under the hood and said that none of the fuses were blown. He thought that there might be another fuse panel somewhere inside, but we couldnt find it. I then took the van to another mechanic, and three mechanics couldnt tell me where and if there was another fuse panel besides the one under the hood. So, I really need to know if there is another fuse panel inside the van, and if not, what else could the problem be? Everything else is working fine in the van, heater etc. It is just the stereo. Thank you so much.
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Saturday, August 1st, 2009 AT 10:57 PM

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Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/170934_dodge_caravan_radio_1.jpg



The above info is for a base radio system, I didn't look at the wiring for the premium system. The fuses for the radio are under the hood, in the diagram.
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Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 AT 8:37 AM
Tiny
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There's another fuse panel under the dash in front of the brake pedal.

Based on the fact that the problem acts up sometimes and not others, why bother looking for fuses? They don't magically fix themselves after they blow. There is one model of cd player and one model of cassette player that develop the problem you're describing. There are about 30 common complaints but the most common is no display, radio is dead, and the three yellow leds in the tone controls are blinking on and off.

These radios are not repairable unless you send them to the authorized repair centers, ($$$). The microprocessors are built by North American Philips, the same people who build the really crappy Magnavox tvs. They have a 100 percent failure rate. I have the specialized equipment to replace them but then the software has to be installed. They will never sell me the equipment to do that. These are some of the few radios actually built by Chrysler.

If you have one of these radios, there are other models that look exactly the same except they have one extra button. They are built by Mitsubishi. They will run the same remote cd changer too if you have one.

Caradiodoc
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Friday, August 7th, 2009 AT 9:10 PM

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