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Old 12-14-2005, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default Car stereo is frozen!

To anybody that can help,

I left work today and when I turned on my car and tried to change the radio station, no buttons worked. I couldn't even access the CD player or tape deck. In fact, I couldn't even turn the stereo off or adjust the volume. When I finally arrived home, I figured the stereo would turn off when the car was turned off. The radio signal ended, but the LCD monitor continued to glow. I am worried that the battery will die overnight and was wondering if anyone could point in the right direction of the proper fuse box. My knowledge of cars is very very limited.

My car is a 2003 WRX.

I really appreciate your time and help.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:12 PM   #2
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Please post in the proper forum. Moving this for you.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:18 PM   #3
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stock radio? find the fuses for the radio, there are 2- one for constant power (memory) and one for switched power (to supposedly {in your case} turn it on and off with the ignition). im not sure what they are labeled, usually you will find one labeled radio, and the other may be for the cig. lighter, interior lights or something like that. find them and pull them (reseting the radio) and see if that helps.
sorry i cant tell you exactly which fuses they are...
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:20 PM   #4
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Fuse No. 2 in the main box and fuse No. 9 in the accessory panel should do the trick. Pull them one at a time and you can analyse your problem a little bit. The one in the main box is constant 12v, the other is switched off the ignition. You wanna see which one causes it to shut down. Perhaps, if No. 2 getting pulled causes it to shut down, it is time for a new stereo.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:42 AM   #5
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weird...same thing happened to me tonight (02 WRX). i was freaking out, but i tried hitting the eject tape button (i had a tape in), and everything worked fine.
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Old 12-15-2005, 12:00 PM   #6
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damn how cold is it over there?
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Old 12-15-2005, 06:49 PM   #7
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a week or 2 ago it was like -5 without windchill...tid bit nipply even for these parts.
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:02 PM   #8
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wait... they still make tapes?
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Old 12-15-2005, 09:21 PM   #9
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that is one reason why I enjoyed the cross-country move from Mass to California. Mass=5 degrees with wind chill. California=65 degrees, no wind to chill. Gotta love the west coast.

On the subject, check the fuses and if they are fine just take out the radio and put it in the house over night to see if it will work tommorrow. Or just keep it running with the heat on high for a bit. Had it happen to my old rockford fosgate a few years back. Even my screen display was very slow from the cold.

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Old 01-19-2014, 05:26 PM   #10
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Old thread but I couldn't find a newer one.
I'm having the same issue on my '02 OBS. Initially it was happening every once in a while when it was really cold out -30C and below. Today it's 4C out and it's doing it again. The only way to fix it is to cut the power to the radio, either by disconnecting the battery or pulling the appropriate fuse.

Warming the car up (either the interior of the car or parking in a heated garage) does nothing. It's not a slow-acting LCD from the cold, the radio no longer responds to any buttons and stays on after the ignition is off with no way to turn it off.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:46 AM   #11
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sounds like its going bad.. may need a new one
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:06 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by jnorth85 View Post
wait... they still make tapes?
I use tapes all the time, duct tape comes in crazy colors now too. I got a blue one with penguins on it for my 4 year old.
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