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Unread 11-18-2008, 01:15 AM   #1
tremolo
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Rec Nav Radio Screen Blank

I have a 06 Cherokee with the REC navigation radio and today i started up the car and the screen was blank. The only think that worked was the power/volume knob and the 1-6 preset buttons. I shut the car off and turned it back on and it worked fine for about 10 minutes then went blank again. On my way to work today it was fine. When i left work it was about 25 degrees out and its not working. This is the only thing i can think of that has changed since i last drove the car. Anyone know what is causing this?

Thanks for the help

Vince

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Unread 04-06-2013, 11:12 AM   #2
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Been a long time, but I'm having the same problem. Has anyone found anything out on this?
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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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I had mine replaced.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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That's an almost $1600 dollar piece of equipment though, isn't it?
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Unread 04-08-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Yes but I just bought my jeep when my screen broke so he replaced it. You could try to buy a used one like my mechanic did for me. Or you could try going aftermarket
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Unread 06-20-2013, 07:13 AM   #6
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same problem exactly here too,

i have got the same problem here also, no steering column controls either except volume,

anyone had a fix to this problem or is it a new head unit?

thanks
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Unread 06-20-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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I had a similar issue w/ my 08' RER. Not sure if this applies to the REC but the quick answer is that I needed to perform an update to the unit's software. Took some time and research but in the end I burned a CD and loaded it into the radio and it's been fine ever since. I had used mofv.com which doesn't seem to be working today (maybe it's off line now..) but generally search for REC update, find out what version you have and go from there. Wish I had more details for you but this will get you started...
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Unread 06-20-2013, 01:52 PM   #8
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You are one of many with this exact same problem. I swapped an RHR MyGig radio into ours and love it. You could explore that route or find a used replacement in working condition.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 01:55 PM   #9
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Fellas, there is a chip in there that can only be repaired by a special machine. There is only one company with the contract to repair these radios and it will cost you about $500 bucks plus or minus a hundred to get a refurbished one with a 1 yr warrenty plus your broken radio. I did this and about 1.2 yrs later same problem.

The nav is a pos so I highly recommend junking it and getting an aftermarket system. I went with a sony from crutchfield and its a bummer to give up the integrated u connect for the aftermarket but well worth the nav upgrade (in motion control as well). The new phone bluetooth does sound better as well. Everything else I was able to keep and use, rear dvd and amp, etc.

I did not hook the sat radio back up as sony wanted me to run their own antenna.

Good luck, I recommend getting one without full touch screen. I do not like changing channels or volume with the touch screen.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 03:30 PM   #10
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I might have some insight. I find that when my GPS location is off from the map, the NAV unit resets. Sometimes this takes many attempts. After about 5 screen flashes, it gives up and stays blank. Luckily this doesn't happen too often.

Do others' experiences match this?
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Unread 06-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #11
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Mine was doing the same thing. Chrysler replaced it for about $650. Wanted to keep the stock rec due to compatibility problems with the rear seat entertainment system. All the after market stereos wouldn't work with the DVD system, or so I was told.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 12:41 AM   #12
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I have the latest map disc which also has a new firmware for the REC. A new firmware could possibly fix these issues. If anyone is interested, PM me
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Unread 06-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #13
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That's an almost $1600 dollar piece of equipment though, isn't it?
I got mine for $490 after my original was blank for 6 months and would only work when below freezing outside when I went snowboarding.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 12:00 AM   #14
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before u swap make sure the light stalk is not causing the issue
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Unread 06-26-2013, 07:32 AM   #15
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light stalk?

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before u swap make sure the light stalk is not causing the issue
how do you mean with the light stalk? ta
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