Questions regarding OEM and aftermarket in-car audio / ICE equipment.

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Can I get bluetooth music enabled in my 2009 BMW 528i?

I just bought a 2009 BMW 528i. It’s my understanding that the car doesn’t support A2DP which is a technology that would allow me to connect to my stereo system via Bluetooth and stream music ...
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I bought a new radio. How difficult would it be for an amateur to install?

They gave me a "kit" and a "harness" in addition to the radio. I'm at the knowledge level where I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming the harness holds it in place and the kit involves the ...
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Are radios model-specific?

My car radio is having trouble reading CDs; I need a new one. Will pretty much any interchangeable radio fit in any car that has an interchangeable-style radio port? Or does it vary from car to car ...
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Audio noise when laptop connected to power inverter and the car's 3.5mm audio jack

On a recent road trip we wanted to have a laptop to play movies while on the road. We brought an Apple MacBook Air, a power inverter (to plug in the laptop's charger into the cigarette lighter), and a ...
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Car audio wattage quesions, rated vs. peak, vs. RMS

I'm shopping on Sony's site for all the parts I need for a car audio system, and they have me confused on their power statistics. I understand what peak power is, and I know that I don't want my amp ...
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Can I stick speakers to the parcel shelf without drilling or making holes?

My parcel shelf is about 5mm thick, and I would like to add some small speakers to it. I don't want to drill or make holes in the shelf, as I want it to look original from the top, and be able to ...
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Will putting new subs and amp in car drain my battery

I have a 99 Acura 3.2 TL with a Napa legend 75 battery would putting a 1000 watt amp and 2 15 subs hurt my car?
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installing car radio - cords issue

I bought a simple radio, and i am trying to install it. From the new radio the following wires exist: speakers: 2*grey, 2*pruple. 2*blue, 2*green. Yellow - go to battery Black - go to ground red (acc) ...
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Radio Head Unit Flickering On/Off

My 2011 Jeep Patriot started having issues with the radio head unit a few months ago. The radio started occassionally cutting out and coming back on a few seconds later. The issue got progressively ...
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Series of troubling electrical problems in my '07 Mazda 3. Any ideas?

I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the ...
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Amp Install Question. Splice in pre or post factory amp?

I am planning on installing an amplifier in my 2008 Mustang and hoping to keep the factory head unit for now. My amplifier supports high level input through the RCAs. My question is should I splice/...
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How to connect an iphone to a Honda Civic?

I hope this isn't off topic but I am really clueless about cars. I just got my license recently and have been struggling to connect my iPhone to my car. I own a 2011 Honda Civic. I bought this cable ...
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Audio player doesn't read some songs [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, so if it isn't feel free to move or delete or whatever. I just burned an MP3 cd with about 80 songs on it, and it plays fine on my computer....
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Ford KA Car stereo reset after battery removed, requiring security code

I had the battery replaced in my Ford KA (08), and now the radio is requiring a passcode, which I do not know. Is there a way to find out what the passcode is, or bypass it somehow? I have seen this ...
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Pioneer Navigation Setup video playback

I have a Pioneer Navigation Setup and it supports only AAC, MP3 and WMV format of videos to play, Now the problem is AAC, MP3 are working fine, but WMV i am unable to figure out how to make it work, ...
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No sound to single speaker, even after replacing the speaker

I have a 2005 Chevy Aveo, and the front passenger speaker has no sound. I was able to find a replacement, and swapped out the original speaker for the spare. Unfortunately, this did not help. I know ...
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2009 Kia Rio hatchback radio not working after battery replacement

I drive a 2009 Kia Rio Hatchback. A few days ago the car battery was replaced and I can't get the K100R radio to work. Last time my car lost power and was jump-started, I was able to input a 4-digit ...
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Car stereo lights dim/flicker

thank you for taking the time to read this. Last year I installed a car stereo head unit in my car. I did the installation myself rather than having it done professionally. I am no expert in that ...
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Crackling static in speakers, Sony Audiophile, Ford Focus 2005

I have a Ford Focus 2005 ZX4 ST, that has Sony Audiophile speakers, which come packaged by default with that particular model. I have not modified them since buying the car used, and everything ...
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Elantra stereo adapter

I own a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, and I just bought this stereo. Upon installing it, learned that the hookup to my factory stereo is radically different from that of the new one. don't really have any ...
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Install 2003 Honda Civic stereo in 2000 Honda Civic

I replaced the stereo in my car and thus have a spare 2003 Civic stereo. My friend's 2000 Civic stereo is starting to have major problems. Does anyone know if it would be possible to put the spare ...
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Identifying specs of speaker from Chrysler Concorde

The speaker in the driver's side door of a Chrysler Concorde went bad. I removed the speaker and would like to replace only the one speaker. What specs should I be looking for? Here are pictures of ...
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Replacing stereo in 92 Ford Explorer

How do I start? Can I just go to Walmart and buy any 'ol $30 stereo that has auxiliary and just take my old one out and expect it to work? Or am I looking at a bigger task than I'm expecting? The ...
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Radio stops playing when I change volume

I have bought a 2001 Chrysler Sebring LXi Sedan 4 door car. Recently the radio has started giving problems. Specifically, whenever I change the volume by turning the knob, the radio stops playing... ...
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Where is the satellite receiver/control for 2010 Mercury Milan?

My 2010 Mercury Milan is Sirius radio capable. I accepted a free trial but can not get the radio to work. All that is displayed is No Signal. I've called Sirius who graciously walked me through some ...
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Stereo/Audio LED “burned out”?

My 1996 BMW 328i convertible still has the original stereo installed, and it DOES work, however, the LED for the controls has ceased to display anything. Wondering if there's some magically easy fix ...
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Satellite Radio OEM location on an 2009 Acadia

Does anyone know how to get at the XM unit on an '09 GMC Acadia? I can see the unit. It's located on the inside of the trunk, above the rear, driver-side tire. However, there's a large, black piece ...
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2009 Kia Rio Radio seems to not be able to get a signal (no sound)

I have a 2009 Kia Rio. Recently the car radio stopped working. The unit powers on, all the buttons/display seem to work normally, but the radio scans for a station with no sound. No, static, nothing. ...
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SAAB 93 Car Audio system upgrade [closed]

I have a 2009 Vector trim Sports Saloon version. With that trim basically you get a Radio/CD audio system with ability to play mp3 CD's. However it's time to move on for some better solutions with USB ...
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8 pin aux audo cable into cd-changer port on radio?

I have a VOD Dayton MS 4150 car radio: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/185772/Vdo-Dayton-Ms-4150-Rs.html?page=4#manual with a 8-pins CD changer port (C3 on the manual). The radio does not have an aux ...
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Anyone knows of a tutorial on how to remove/replace the radio and AC unit in a 2001 Subaru Legacy?

I have new radio and AC units for my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Station Wagon but I do not know how to install them. It seems more complicated than I expected. Does anyone knows of a good tutorial or manual ...
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How is Double Din / 2 Din Audio System is better than Single Din

How is Double Din / 2 Din Audio System better than Single Din? What are some scenarios where the Single Din Audio will prove to be more beneficial? Appreciate if you can also highlight the very basic ...
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Auxiliary input status and Auxiliary input / output supported OBD2 PID

I want to know what does Auxiliary input status (PID 1E) and Auxiliary input / output supported (PID 65) OBD2 PID mean. Do they tell me whether my car is in the Aux mode (while I am listening to the ...
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Will songs in subdirectory play on CD MP3 player in cars?

Does anyone know whether a car with a CD player which will play MP3s can play those MP3s if they're in subfolders? Basically, I want to create an MP3 CD of all my Van Halen CDs, but I want to keep ...
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can big sub woofer be a problem for car cng cylinder

I have an old toyota corolla e 100 sedan. A CNG cylinder is installed in my car because here it is cheaper than octane. I was thinking about setting up a good audio system in my car, which includes a ...
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Muddy bass on my 2014 Honda Accord Coupe w/7 speaker system

The bass on my Accord is really muddy and indistinct. I'm thinking of replacing rear deck speakers and subwoofer, but I am also wondering if this will have any effect, i.e. would I be wasting my money ...
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04 Ford mustang has no bass

I have a 2004 ford mustang and the radio sounds tinny although the sound is clear not distorted. I am trying to figure out if it is the radio or the speakers. I find it hard to believe all six ...
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Ford Fusion 2014 Wiring Diagram

I just picked up a new 2014 Ford Fusion and am planning on modifying the factory audio equipment. I've been searching around on some websites (The 12 Volt and various forums) and can't seem to find a ...
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Can't hear voices through newly installed head unit

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and recently installed an Apline CDA-9853 head unit. It still has factory speakers. I have a weird problem, such that when I connect an iPod to the unit (via a KCA-121B), on ...
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bluetooth not shutting off audio when answering the phone

2016 Subaru Outback won't shut off audio book when answering the phone. Tech at Subaru dealership said it was because I was using one click digital and I needed to switch to audible. I don't believe ...
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Radio volume slowly decreases to silent

So my friend drives an old, second-hand car in which the original radio has been replaced by the previous owner for an aftermarket radio. His issue with the radio is that the volume slowly decreases ...
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'03 Honda Odyssey Radio Reset

My battery died, and we replaced it. Had reset the radio code previously, with no difficulty, but this time it didn't work. Used up my 10 trial attempts, and went to the dealer. Service man checked ...
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New CD Receiver requires the microphone for Bluetooth audio?

I just installed a Pioneer FH-X720BT CD receiver in my vehicle. I did not install the external microphone that came with it as I didn't want a wire hanging around, and I assumed that the microphone on ...
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Citroen C4 Coupe Radio (RD4-N1) - Unlocking Aux-Input

I've recently bought this kind of device for my "Citroen C4 Coupe" with the RD4 - N1 radio (Label: Blaupunkt): Bluetooth-Transmitter Then I realised, that the radio doesn't come with a standard aux-...
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Camry 1994 antenna doesn't go down all the way

It is Camry LE 1994. The motorized antenna doesn't go down all the way when I turn off the engine. How can I replace it?
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Audi A5 sat nav through SD card

I am looking into buying an Audi A5 and from what i read on the Audi website and online you can only have the built in sat nav or the sd card slot but you cannot have the built in sat nav and the sd ...
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My car stereo does not save radio station presets

I have a 2005 Honda Accord with original radio. The problem is that it doesn’t save any radio station presets. Well, sometimes it does, it seems like when the engine is hot and I program the stations ...
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What speaker sizes are in a 1991 VW Polo coupe?

Title says it all, what are the speaker sizes in a volkswagen golf coupe from 1991?
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Sound system volume fades in/out erratically

I recently got a 2006 Mercedes e350, passed it's Mercedes certified check up a week ago so it's electrical should all be in working order. The last couple days I noticed the volume of the sound ...
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Accessing the Stereo in a '96 Infiniti G20

I do some of my own repair work on my car, a 96 Infiniti G20. Since I got it, the front speakers haven't been working and I want to fix them. How can I troubleshoot the problem? I assume it's either ...