Being stuck in traffic is frustrating, isn’t it? But if you thought that situation is frustrating enough, then let it happen that there is a problem with your car audio. Car audio problems can be a bane of your existence.
Ideally, these problems are as a result of two issues. First, due to old age; the electronic component simply being of age after prolonged use. Secondly, the aftermarket parts are faulty or simply installed incorrectly.
Generally, these problems are grouped into two categories which are speaker and radio related. Below we look into detail the car audio problems:
Radio related car audio problems
The problem can be into two groups but then if your radio has stopped (not working) do not expect your speakers to work. Your radio may either be a single din head unit or a double din head unit. However, both of them share the majority of the problems.
Operation of a car radio starts from the alternator while running or simply the battery when your car is switched off. With the wiring that connects speakers and the radio as well as the power source to produce sound.
Most problems here include:
It is a major problem which can be confirmed by use of a voltmeter. Most fuses for OEM radios it is situated in the fuse panel box. For the aftermarket radio, usually, it is placed as an inline protecting circuit. In fact, most fuses are under the dashboard or the hood just depending on the car. Therefore, you should inspect them properly.
Fault head unit
With the current advances in technology, it is not a major issue. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be unlucky to have a faulty head unit.
Radio intermittently turning off
If the sound, as well as the display, is turning off, it may mean enough power is not getting into the head unit. If this happens only when negotiating a corner or when on a bump, then it could mean a connector at the back of that unit is simply loose.
If it is about the fuse, then power would not be there all the time. If you get that the wiring is correct, then check ground connector attaching to your car. If it is loose or lust on the connection, consider a new ground connection.
Speaker-related car audio problems
Before checking wire connections when there is no audio from the speaker, test various audio inputs. Most problems related include:
Radio has power but no sound
The reason can be the connector used, for instance, an amplifier will require the 12v signal connector to work. Also, speaker wires can be damaged or bad connection.
Head unit settings
It may sound silly but some settings like default volume level, balance, fade and ban and others can be set incorrectly. Check these settings before going for speaker wires.
Speaker crackling or popping
Crackle may be as a result of old age. Also, poor input quality or bad connection can cause crackling. Swap speaker channel and if there is the crackling sound, then the speaker is broken.
If you have a malfunctioning system or your car audio just stopped working, the fixes above might be the solution.