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Old 04-23-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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2003 BAJA Classic
Silver/Silver/& uh Silver

Question radio reset mystery, please help

Ok this is one that has been a thorn in my side for a couple months. I recently installed a Sony Xplode receiver w/ an HD module under the seat into a 2003 Baja. The problem is that it seems if I store a lot of stations or EQ settings the unit seems to reset the next time I start the car. I checked the connections to the radio and all is tight. The resets are becoming more and more frequent. My thoughts are:

For the install I connected the ground of the HD unit to the metal chassis around the radio at a point that looked like it had another ground, not to the ground in the wiring harness. Could this be causing the unit to drain the memory power to the point of reset?

Next the car only has 50k miles but is an 03, so I assume that the battery is the factory unit. Could the radio (due to memory usage) be killing the battery just enough to reset the radio but still hold the trip and car clock settings? If I run with the radio just reset it goes longer between resets.

The car fired this morning and then stumbled bad. The radio was at the station I left it on before the stumble but after almost stalling the unit reset. Please if you can shed any light on the subject please do.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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The problem you are having is common... You are somehow losing the constant power in the harness... Now there are 2 ways of this happening, their a lose wiring connection, or there is a possibility that the HU itself has got some bad soldering around the main harness input, right on the main board...

Either way, your grounding shouldn't have anything to do with this, unless it's a poor connection...

Hmm, the last line that has me a bit stumped.. it sounds like there is a poor connection somewhere, that may not be related to the audio at all... I would start going through the car and checking connections...

Subarus are known for poor grounding, it may be an opportunity for you to go around and freshen some grounds.. If you look around under the hood, you will find several, bolted to the chassis... if you simply unbolt them, sand inside the marks made by the star washer, apply a little dielectric grease and re-install, I can almost guarentee your car will run better as well..!!...

You could then move into the cabin, most of the grounds are under the dash, in the kick panels and center console..

If you are driving a 03' on the stock battery, you REALLY need a change.. 6yrs on a batt is well over it's projected lifespan.. luckily you aren't in a harsh climate, that's prolly what's gotten you this far..
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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thanks i'll start checking the grounds in the car.

i had the dash apart and the radio out, jiggled the harness and connections and could not repeat the problem. a couple days later and the unit reset.

the baja was originally a florida car so it really hasn't had to work to hard. but it is probably due for a battery.

i'm still open to all sugestions.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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Try cleaning the battery connections and make sure the cables connections are snug when you retighten them. You might also clean the ground connections to the chassis.

One of the wires going to the radio has power on it at all times. This is for the memory of the radio. That power needs to be there to keep the memory alive.
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