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Old 09-19-2000, 11:58 PM   #1
Kaffiene
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Question how to tell if amp is toast?

Here's the deal. I had 2 10" subs in the back of m explorer before i bought my RS. about a week before i got rid of the car I blew the fuse on the amp. I just took evrything out instead of bying a new fuse because i had to take them out anyway. So now the amp and the subs are just sitting in my apartment. Here's my question...i want to sell the amp but i don't want to screw anybody by giving them one thats fried. how can i tell if it still works or not - short of trying to reinstall it in the RS (don't want to do that)

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P.S. anybody wanna buy 10" JBL subs in a ported box? They were only in the car for 6-7 months. great condition. I have RCA's too.

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Old 09-20-2000, 08:22 AM   #2
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Option 1:
Get a DC power converter and use it to switch from 110VAC to 12VDC. Replace the fuse and hook up a speaker and a source, or a source and a multimeter. Speaker is better since a meter just detects signal, not quality.

Option 2:
Bring it to a shop and have them test it. Should be $20 to $40.
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Old 09-20-2000, 11:15 AM   #3
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You could do a very quick install job. Find something as an audio source (maybe a walkman) hook up a couple of speakers (your subs in the box) and connect the power to your battery and a ground to anything handy in your engine bay. I imagine you could hook it all up sitting on the ground in front of your car in driveway. This should tell you that it works at least.
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Old 09-21-2000, 09:46 PM   #4
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Unless you had a fuze with more Amps than your amplifier was made for chances are you didn't toast your amp. Fuzes are made to burn out before you fry your amp.

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Old 09-21-2000, 11:54 PM   #5
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here's the tricky part. forgot to mention this. I replaced the fuse after i blew the amp. still nothing. but the was a 5 amp inline fuse running from i think the power wire (can't remember) behind the deck but i never took the head unit out to look. think that was it and i'm ok?
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Old 09-22-2000, 02:55 AM   #6
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As a guide...and a rough one at that... open up the amp and take a sniff. Every amp that I've fried had a distinctive "melted electronic componentry" smell.

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Old 09-22-2000, 06:33 AM   #7
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Are you serious, the amp uses a 5A fuse?

It's not worth repairing if there is anything burnt, unless you fix it yourself.
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Old 09-22-2000, 06:26 PM   #8
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I would apply butter and taste it. If it taste like toast, it is toast.

I would recomend getting a stock unit from somebody on the list and seeing if the stock radio is the problem.

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Old 09-22-2000, 06:49 PM   #9
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the 5A fuse he said was "behind the deck".

this would be on the remote turn on lead, not the power.

definatly check this fuse... it would prevent the amp from turning on. If the Amp does turn on and nothing comes out you probably blew the output transistors. (fairly cheap to fix)

If it doesn't even turn on though, if it's not fuses you could've lost your power supply and who knows what else...

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