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Unread 07-30-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Radio issues

I have an aftermarket radio/CD player in my 95. When I go over bumps in the road the radio either goes to static or out completely. Any suggestions?

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Unread 07-30-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Lots of "could bes" here. Best to start with electrical connections. is it " radio " loss or any thing you're playing? If it only happens when you listen to the radio then check the antenna leads. if the screen blanks out the you have an intermittent power issue. OTOH some radios just don't like the abuse...
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Unread 07-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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It is everything I try to play.. Haven't tried a CD yet, but the aux input quits as well as the radio.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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Sounds like a short/bad connection. Are the connections for the radio soldered or just taped? A lot of people half *** a stereo install and only tape the leads rather than solder them. It is a pain to get to the leads, but make sure they are all properly connected. Even crimp connections would be better than just electrical tape.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:06 PM   #5
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Sounds like a short/bad connection. Are the connections for the radio soldered or just taped? A lot of people half *** a stereo install and only tape the leads rather than solder them. It is a pain to get to the leads, but make sure they are all properly connected. Even crimp connections would be better than just electrical tape.
Completely agree. I couldn't believe the hack job I found behind my dash. Evidence of three different stereos being installed throughout the life of my rig. Found butt connectors, soldered connections, and twisted wires with masking tape on them.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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Does this require taking off the dash?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:52 PM   #7
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No, but to make life easy, take out your glove box. 3 - #2 phillips screws under the top lip and 2 screws inside the door at the hinge. This gives better access to the wiring for the stereo.

Is this an aftermarket stereo? A lot of them use flat bar "keys" to release the stereo from the dash, provided it was installed correctly in the first place.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:13 PM   #8
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Yes it is an aftermarket stereo. I'm not sure what a flat bar "key" is....
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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Here's one example: http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j...75384953637098

The ends have a hook cut into them.


Here's another example:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j...75384953637098

This one, the notch pushes in two spring clips along the sides of your stereo to allow the stereo to pull out the front.

What make and model stereo do you have?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:38 PM   #10
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Of course once I went out to take a look it starts pouring.....lol. When the rain quits ill go have a look.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:44 PM   #11
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I lost the keys years ago and have found that butter knives sometimes double as stereo removal tools.

I also like to drop the dash to access the stereo. There are 4 or 5 sheetmetal screws that you can remove and the entire blower motor assembly drops down (I have AC so im not 100% sure if this applies to all YJ's).

my factory stereo plug was completely disconnected (all the wires had been cut at one time or another and never fixed) so i ended up running all the wires manually and removing the old ones. Something about aftermarket stereo just screams hack job a lot of the time... LOL

Rproject is absolutely right though, pulling the aftermarket HU out of the mounting bracket is an excellent way to start. The manufacturer and model number should be visible on the face plate of the stereo. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different key design so if we can have that info, it will make it much easier for you to remove the stereo and inspect the wiring.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:01 PM   #12
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The stereo is a JVC KD-R210


http://support.jvc.com/consumer/prod...lId=MODL028622
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:06 PM   #13
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These are the keys you need to pull a JVC or Pioneer stereo. http://compare.ebay.com/like/3903942...Types&var=sbar

They slip down the sides of the stereo, between the trim ring and the main unit. You'll feel the "click" into place. Once in place, you simply pull the stereo out the front of the dash. No dash removal required.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:45 PM   #14
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And you guys were right electrical tape nightmare. Plus there are some after market speakers wired in tracing the same path as the wires for the sound bar.

Suggestions for fixes..... Don't know how to solder and don't have the equipment. Did I read earlier something about crimping the wires together?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:48 PM   #15
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Oh, what a shocker!!! (dripping with sarcasm)


Head on down to your local Ace Hardware. Get a pack of crimp on connectors. They're opaque, plastic, caps. You twist the wires together, shove them up in the connector and simply crimp it down with wire strippers. Once on, use some electrical tape to waterproof the connection.

Now the trick is to find out what's going where and make sure that the PO actually wired everything correctly.
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