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Old 04-15-2012, 05:19 PM
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CB radio shorting out

I've had my cobra 19 installed for about a month and it was working fine, until today. It won't turn on unless I jiggle it and touch the screws that hold it into the bracket against the metal bracket itself, and then it sparks up and turns on briefly. Clearly something has made the screws live, and is shorting the radio out, but I'm not sure what happened. I took off the cover and everything looked normal inside, I didn't see any glaring issues. It could also be a coincidence, but I got a new stereo installed yesterday, could that have had something to do with it?

Has anyone encountered this before or knows what's going on? Any help is appreciated.

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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You have disconnected the ground and now it is grounding through the chassis. Go find the end of the black power wire and reconnect to ground.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I'll do that after work today.
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^ ditto... find a better ground.

If you ground to a screw, pull the screw out and sand the paint off around the screw hole. Then lock it down on there.
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How do I remove the dash cover over stereo to access the CB wire? need to check in-line fuse and other wires since CB isn't working anymore.
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How do I remove the dash cover over stereo to access the CB wire? need to check in-line fuse and other wires since CB isn't working anymore.
You'll need to pop the defrost vent off, put a flat screwdriver under it where the VIN plate is and pry a little, it will start to pop up, then use the screwdriver to pop it the rest of the way. There are two screws up top on the radio bezel you need to get to. The remove the ashtray and unscrew that Phillips head screw behind it. The the bezel will pull off. Other than the three screws I described, it's all held on my tabs.

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