2005 Saturn Vue Radio/Low Battery?

Tiny
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  • 2005 SATURN VUE
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 44,423 MILES
Radio got wet in storm. Would not work at all after 8 months bought a new radio from Saturn dealer and had them install (March 2010). 2 times after that my radio reset to 12:00 and I lost all my preset radio stations. Took it to the dealer - told me it was my battery - that my car was 5 years old and due for a new battery. They started the car w/ no problems a few times but still insisted it was battery or they would charge me $46 to look the problem. I have had no problems whatsoever with any other system (lights, horn, locks, etc.). 8/15/10 started car, I put radio on, had CD in. Took a minute to get going (thought it might be due to extreme heat we have been getting). Later that day turned radio on and it did not turn on at all. Today noticed the time was different then yesterday (stopped at 10:37 yesterday and was 11:00 when I turned on today). I turned radio on and it worked. Turned it off to reset clock and then turned radio back on but it did not work. Want to have my ducks in a row before I go to dealer. Could a low battery cause these problems? Also, I assume if electrical or a fuse that would have been checked when they installed the new radio. Your thoughts please.
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Monday, August 16th, 2010 AT 10:56 AM

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Tiny
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First of all thank you so much for your donation. So did you ever have your battery replaced?If not I would make sure your battery cable's are clean and tight and have your battery tested at a auto part's store to see if you really need one. If it's 5yrs olds though I would think it's due for one. If your only having problem's with the radio loosing time and working sometimes and not working the other. Then I would say you probably have a loose wire going to your radio.
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Monday, August 16th, 2010 AT 12:03 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your quick response!

I have my original AC/Delco battery. I had my battery checked during lunch today and results came back "good battery" - 13.10 volts/497 CCA (car was not running at the time).

My concern is I do not want to pay to have my radio electrical wiring looked at. When the radio was fisrt installed in March I assume all electrical wires were checked. Could something have gone amiss in 5 months? I have a 1 year/12,000 guaranty.
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Monday, August 16th, 2010 AT 2:50 PM
Tiny
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If your radio was just shorted out from getting wet and they replaced it I wouldn't assume they checked all the wire's especially if the new radio started working when they plugged it in. If your battery test's good then I would say your loosing power to the radio causing the radio to reset and to not work sometimes or the radio itself is bad I have seen some radio's go bad and reset themselves.I would bring up the fact that your battery tested good to them. It sound's like they never checked the battery and were just assuming it was a bad battery.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 AT 2:28 PM

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