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Old 06-30-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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Not my precious deck!!

Soooo I was fiddling around with the courtesy lights or floorboard lights or whatever last night and I shorted out a bulb socket. Now that doesn't work and neither does my stereo. Great. What did I do? Checked all my fuses with the exception of the one in the back of the deck it's self. They're fine.

Another odd thing is last night after idling for a while the red light that illuminates the power button on the deck when it's off was glowing. Dimly, but it was glowing. I tried turning it on but it still just sat there with it's sad red glow. I turned off the jeep and back on and the glow was gone. Nothing since.

Help! I can't drove up to the lake tomorrow without music!!!

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Old 06-30-2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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Try hitting the reset button, it may have shut down to prevent damage to itself.

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Old 06-30-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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there also may be a fuse to the always on power that is blown and won't let it power up without. a lot of after market stereos came with in line fuse fuses.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Ive run into a similar problem. What I found is that one of my fuses was almost blown... dont ask how but it was still connected but only a little piece. It read power with a test light (dont ever use one of these by the way) but read only like 4v with a multimeter. Odd but true. try changing the radio and interior lamp fuses anyways just to see what happens.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #5
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Check your wiring at the deck. Normally it's yellow for constant and red for acc. Unless it was a jankie install. Cheap decks are inline. Anything with a decent name brand will be on the back. Under the harness. Typically a 15 amp. Start there. Then after you fix it you need to rewire it properly. Stock radios obviously rarely needed memory if not digital and most will install constant anywhere. Hope that helps. Did mobile electronics install for years. Stepping off the soap box now. Good luck.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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Check your wiring at the deck. Normally it's yellow for constant and red for acc. Unless it was a jankie install. Cheap decks are inline. Anything with a decent name brand will be on the back. Under the harness. Typically a 15 amp. Start there. Then after you fix it you need to rewire it properly. Stock radios obviously rarely needed memory if not digital and most will install constant anywhere. Hope that helps. Did mobile electronics install for years. Stepping off the soap box now. Good luck.
I've worked in car audio for a year. It's a $200 deck. I wired it myself. Thanks though.

I was thinking a partial blow of the fuse as well. It was dark when I checked them last so I'll run out and do it again.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:34 PM   #7
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let us know how it comes out, if that doesnt work we need to look somewhere else for the issue
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:06 PM   #8
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let us know how it comes out, if that doesnt work we need to look somewhere else for the issue
I replaced every fuse including the one in the back of the deck. Still nothing. I couldn't find any inline fuses anywhere...
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:20 PM   #9
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Not 100% but is there a fuse under the hood for the 12v constant? If not then id have to call it a loss. do your under dash lights work now?
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Maybe there is still a short in that light socket thats causing issues? Also, Try to disconnect the radio for 1 minute just let it sit with no power going into it, that should reset the radio. You can also use the reset button on front (but im gonna assume you did that already). Test the wires with a multimeter to see if there is 12v or more coming from both the constant and switched power. Also check to see if you have a good ground. If there is then you have a problem with the deck.

Another thing to try is resetting the entire jeep. just unplug the positive terminal on the battery for 30 sec and cross your fingers that it resets what is causing the issue.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:46 PM   #11
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It was one tiny little mini fuse in the relay box under the hood. It was hiding behind a relay and a maxi fuse too. I pulled everything out then saw it in the corner of the box looking real smug. Thanks everybody!!
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!!!!!! Awesome. Glad to help.
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Never use a test light!?!?!?!?!?!?! I would NEVER go off road without one!!!!! But then I'v only been working on auto electrical for 40+ years, what do I know.
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Id use a test light if I needed to do a quick check for power or ground, now if it were a powered circuit board no I wouldnt. Nothing wrong with test lights on wires.
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Never use a test light!?!?!?!?!?!?! I would NEVER go off road without one!!!!! But then I'v only been working on auto electrical for 40+ years, what do I know.
Must have been before airbags were invented. I always use a multimeter to test for power or ground It gives a much better reading and its safer in the newer cars.
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Agreed. Multimeter is the best way. Power probes are the easiest way. Although for many of the newer cars, 95-up, they don't recommend them. Although that's never stopped me. Love my power probe!

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