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Old 06-02-2000, 02:34 PM   #1
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My vote's on the RCAs.
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Old 06-02-2000, 02:55 PM   #2
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I had a very similar problem with an amp in another car (I won't mention that it was a Honda...Oops!) Anyway, it turns out that the RCAs were hitting the metal of the amp case. The metal collar on the RCA cable was rubbing against the metal of the amp case and shorting it out...sometimes.

I thought I had a blown channel too! Not to mention hours spent looking for a short in the wiring. It is an easy fix for sure.

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Old 06-02-2000, 02:57 PM   #3
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I would find another RCA cable and hook it up to the deck and amp just buy running it outside the car, don't bother running it under the carpet and everything yet. If the problem disappears your RCA went bad.

If you don't have another RCA you could get you car ready to run the test and then head to a car audio specialty shop and ask if you could borrow one for testing purposes try it in there parking lot, if it works buy it.

If not you are at a good place to ask for advice.

Is your amp mounted securely or can it move around? I had a problem with an amp years ago when it wasn't mounted securely the RCAs were helping holding the amp in place (I was more foolish in my younger years ), and caused the inside of the amp to crap out. Had to be sent in for service.
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Old 06-02-2000, 04:00 PM   #4
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Shuman, the reason I have a stereo forum, is so that peope who are interested in stereo, can read about stereo. People who don't want to read about it, don't go there. So you posted you stereo question here and now people who don't want to hear anything about stereo have to read your post. God, I have gone cross eyed.
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Old 06-03-2000, 12:15 AM   #5
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Post stereo problems..

Hey all.
I'm cross posting since there are more of ya'll that frequent the general forum than the stereo forum...TIA----

Well, here's the thing. I've had my system in for about a year. Sony 604EQX to run JL coaxs off a Panasonic Head unit.

Recently, my left side (both front and back)is silent, comes back, silent, comes back...especially when i hit bumps. So check all the connections...they are okay, or so I think.

Another test: play with fade and put to all left...nothing...some light tinny sounds but no real sound.

I start pulling the RCAs...and just touch them to the input (female) end on the amp...hey I get sound out of my left channels. So I plug them back in...no sound. F'd up eh?

Maybe if I had a trunk monkey in there holding the RCAs in place I'd have no problem...

So is this a completely blown left front and rear channel, crapped out RCA, or crapped out head unit?
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Old 06-03-2000, 12:21 AM   #6
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1. Low gauge amp wire


2. Bad Amp(or other) Ground Wire.

It can even be traced to the RCA inputs beeing loose and not connecting without some "wiggling"


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