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Old 06-14-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Need Audio Advice!

My jeep was recently in 2 thunderstorms with heavy rain on the way home from Jeep Jam in Harrisonburg VA. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but on this particular outing I had the brilliant idea to leave the top and doors at home. Everything was working fine after the first storm, but after the second storm my stereo quit working.

The next day after sitting out in the sun for a few hours the stereo would come on but the volume was very low even when turned all the way up. I have tried it several time since then with the same result.

The stereo is a stock cd/radio in a 2001 Wrangler. Any ideas or sugguestions to get it to work again or am I going to just need to start replacing stereo components?

I have had 4X4s my whole life, but this is my first Jeep. I've had it for a little over 2 years. I don't have too much experience in open air wheeling so any advice would be much appreciated.

If this topic is redundant to an already asked question I appologize in advance.

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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i would take it to a (good) audio place and make sure you didnt short something before you go and buy anything. but you prolly fried a your speakers

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. Luckily I live in Charlottesville and Crutchfield's headquarters are here. I think I'll take it by and have them look at it later this week.

Thanks again.
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i would take it to a (good) audio place and make sure you didnt short something before you go and buy anything. but you prolly fried a your speakers
Not trying to contradict you, but my opinion is that water got into the stereo. Usually if the speakers get wet while playing they fry and don't play at all. Maybe try pulling the radio out and seeing if it's wet inside the dash?
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I got a hundy says radio is rusted on the circuit board. Speakers can play for a long long time even after being wet.
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sounds like you fried the internal amp in the radio. as was stated, wet speakers will still play. it's usually after they dry out that they die. the stockers are paper, so they will shrivel up after being wet.

get yourself a decent aftermarket head unit and some marine speakers, or at least a set that uses water-proof materials.
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I would personally look for a marine grade radio or one of those covers to keep water off the radio. Especially if you are worried about getting caught in another downpour. IMO the speakers are fairly shielded from the elements, at least in my JK they are.

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