It may seem high, but new factory replacements can cost almost double that price. The Drive and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links. To make your trip a success again, The Drive audiophile team has put together a guide to the most common radio problems you may encounter and how to fix them. Who is ready to party? The editors of The Drive know that your time is money, money is power, power is pizza, and pizza is, well, delicious.
To reduce travel time, here's a list of the most common car radio problems and how to fix them. A broken antenna is one of the easiest problems to diagnose and repair, as you will hear intermittent radio signals or pure static. Here's how to replace a whip-style antenna and a shark fin-style antenna. As mentioned above, a broken infotainment unit is a difficult thing to fix in your garage.
You can try disconnecting the battery or holding down the power button, but if neither works, you're thinking of a dealership visit. Here's how to disconnect the battery in your car. The Drive recognizes that, while our how-to guides are detailed and easy to follow, a rusty bolt, an engine component that is not in the correct position, or an oil leak everywhere can derail a project. That's why we've partnered with JustAnswer, which connects you with certified mechanics around the world so you can overcome even the toughest jobs.
You can check if the fuse on your car radio is blown by opening the fuse box and finding the fuse on the radio. If it's discolored, it's likely that it burned. If it isn't, you can replace that fuse with an additional fuse and see if that has solved your problem with the radio. Just like your radio, you'll need to reset it with the power button or disconnect and reconnect the battery.
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