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

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Music stops playing when pressing the clutch down

In my car the music of my car radio stops playing almost every time when I press the clutch. It does not always stop, but probably in 80% of the cases. It never stops when I do not press the clutch. ...
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Wire a headphone jack into a head unit

I have a tape deck in my car which only gets used to read one of those dummy tapes that feeds from a 3.5mm headphone jack. I have no use for a CD player and would not like (nor can I afford) a new ...
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How to amplify car speakers without stereo?

I have a 1980 VW Dasher with its original speakers but no radio. It has an unusual (erroneous?) electrical configuration where most accessories (e.g. lights, cabin fan, etc) still run even with the ...
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Power on issues - Car radio

I'm not if someone here has any experience with car radios or if I can even ask diagnosis questions? I have a dual din DVD player. It's an Absolute DD-3000ADT Problem it's having is the display ...
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Radio and Charging Outlet Stopped Working

I have a 2000 Honda Accord V6 LX. The radio was working yesterday and the charging outlet was working earlier today, but now neither are. Did some research and I'm assuming it could be a blown fuse. ...
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Where can I find a power adapter to run a car stereo from a wall outlet?

I have a car stereo head unit that I'd like to repurpose as a radio for my garage. Given that, I'm looking for some kind of power adapter / transformer that I can plug into a wall outlet and splice ...
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Mitsubishi Colt trip computer mode change?

I have a Mitsubishi Colt (2004 model, 5-door) where I've replaced the factory head unit / radio. Unfortunately this meant I lost the capability of switching the trip computer modes (instant/average ...
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How do the audio controls on the steering wheel communicate with the radio?

Do they use some sort of wireless protocol, such as Bluetooth? I can't imagine there is enough room to have physical connections for all of the controls that would also allow for the full rotation of ...
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Ford radio unlocking

I have a Ford Ka and need to re-enter the code. I have removed the radio and have the code (some nice person wrote it on the top of the radio) but I cannot get the "Locked" message off the screen on ...
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Access car settings with aftermarket radio

I have an '03 Chevy Impala, and I wanted to upgrade its OEM radio (head unit) with an aftermarket one. I just have one concern. I recently realized (after reading the manual!) that the car has a ...
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Aux Audio Input for 2006 Honda Accord

I'd like to add an auxiliary audio input to my 2006 Honda Accord LX-SE: What parts do I need to purchase? Can someone with a rudimentary understanding of electronics perform the installation? What's ...
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Multiple issues with AUX input (Mazda 3 2007)

I experience a bunch of problems with my 2007 Mazda 3's electrical system: The most annoying issue is that I hear [a rather loud] engine noise when I connect a phone to the AUX (3.5mm audio jack) ...
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Peugeot 206 LX (2002), I have installed a cd player which works but it doesn't remember volume/clock settings

I have installed a new CD player Philips CEM2100 it works but when I turn the car on and off it loses several settings such as: Volume, eu region for radio (this may be because I haven't fitted the ...
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Replacing a very old radio by a slightly less old one

I have an old Daewoo car (from 1995) with a non working stock radio unit (a Philips DC508D). I got a "slightly less old" Pioneer DEH-2000R (from 1998) as a replacement. None of them has any kind of ...
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Removing front panel to install new stereo? (Toyota Levin 97)

I'm thinking of buying a new stereo for my 1997 Toyota Levin and I was wondering if anyone knew how to take the front panel off so as to get to the old stereo?.
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Radio not playing music through speakers

I have a 2013 Subaru WRX Limited with the touch screen radio. Recently I realized that my radio lost sound just out of no where one day when my car didn't play music. The navigation and everything ...
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Keeping radio/stereo unit powered to save pre-set preferences?

In my previous cars I could save certain radio stations, volume levels, etc. on my stereo and they would stay saved (unless the battery went dead). I'm using the same stereo head unit in my latest ...
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What is needed to put a stereo into a Silverado?

I'm probably going to get a stereo head unit for my truck for my upcoming birthday. I'm wondering what I need to do to get it hooked up. My truck has steering wheel controls and the Bose speaker ...
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How can I connect an Aux input to a 2004 Honda Jazz stock stereo?

Just bought a used Honda Jazz 1.4 SE for my wife, and although it has a CD/Radio with an Aux button on it, there is no external connection I can see. As she wants to be able to connect her iPod, I am ...
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Can I still use OEM steering wheel controls with an aftermarket head unit?

I own a 2014 Ford Mustang with Sync. Sync is pretty mediocre and can sometimes be frustrating. I'm interested in switching to an aftermarket head unit, not unlike this one: Parrot RNB6 I'd like to ...
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Wireless headset standard for Dodge Van

I just got a 2016 Dodge Caravan that has the DVD entertainment system in it. It comes with 2 headsets to start with but I'm wanting to get a few more. It uses a IR interface. What is the standard ...
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Capacitors for cars

I recently added a subwoofer to my car. It's powered by a 300w JBL amp (and I also have 300w speakers). I currently have a 180amp alternator and a Die Hard platinum battery, which both handle my ...
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Bluetooth module causing interference with aftermarket setup

I am fitting a new soundsystem in my bmw (e46). There's an amplifier in the boot (mb quart onx 4.80/500). A line out converter converts the high level inputs from the OEM headunit, into the low level ...
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Toyota Raum Radio memory loss

Can you help me Unlock Toyota Raum 2003 Radio to its normal state? My battery ran flat, resetting my radio. I am getting some method on the internet about pressing the tuning Up and 1 buttons, but ...
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Car Stereo and separate clock keep resetting when car is turned off

Car Stereo and separate clock keep resetting when car is turned off. I bought recently a 2005 Kia Spectra. Car had several previous owners. Stereo is aftermarket pioneer. The stock clock in the car ...
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2006 Honda Odyssey: input radio security code with broken buttons?

Within the last year the '1' and '4' preset buttons on my radio stopped working - at first you could play around with them & moosh them a little harder and they sometimes worked, but now they seem ...
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Options to cheaply connect MP3 device to car stereo

I have an old work car ('04 Intrepid) and I'd like to connect my MP3 device to the car stereo so I can listen to Podcasts. However, since it is an old work car I don't necessarily want to spend a ton ...
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Why does my Subaru not select my paired Bluetooth phone automatically after restarting the car?

The car is a Subaru WRX 2012 with the base radio. It did reconnect automatically for the last two years until I changed phones, deleted the old phone profile, then paired the new phone. It does work ...
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How difficult is it to replace a car radio on a 2000 Honda Accord?

I have a 2000 Honda Accord LX. The radio works but the tape deck does not. I'm thinking about replacing it myself. I'm not looking to spend much on it overall so please let me know if this is ...
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What type of Stero Cord / Port do I have here?

I'm having difficulty with a stereo cord that I have. I wonder if this might be some kind of USB. Does anyone know what kind of cord/connection this is?
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Running cables from rear camera and parking sensors to car front in a Honda Fit 2015

I'm planning to buy a rear camera and parking sensor kits to install myself in a Honda Fit 2015. While I have no trouble making the proper electrical connections, I have no previous experience running ...
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What code do I enter to fix my radio on a Mitsubishi Eclipse?

I had to replace my battery a few months ago. After I started my car back up I noticed that my radio wanted me to enter a code (as a security measure I guess). I don't have the owners manual since I ...
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Honda Odyssey ex-l res anti theft radio code issue

Battery connection got loose and the radio system got shut off. I fixed the connection by tightening the battery cable (not sure how this happened as my car gets serviced at a honda dealer only). Now ...
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Honda Accord radio anti-theft code not working…what am I doing wrong and what should I do?

I had to remove the battery so I can replace the driver's side low beam headlight. I didn't bother to buy a settings saver because I found the security code in my Honda's packet (I bought this car ...
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Is unlocking radio without code possible?

I bought Ford Mondeo 2004 but I forgot about the radio code. After unplugging the battery the radio now requires code and is locked. What options do I have now? Is it in essence possible to unlock a ...
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Radio Wiring Harness for a 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I'm trying to locate a wiring harness for my new stereo that I want to install into my 2000 Chevy Cavalier, but I'm having a difficult time find one. Does anyone know of a after market harness that ...
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Should I connect the “power antenna” wire to the “auto antenna” wire?

I have a new radio (Clarion cx501) for my 2005 Mazda 3. I bought a special wiring harness to make the installation easier. I have two wires that I'm not sure if I must connect. They look like the same ...
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How do I find a replacement radio?

I have a 1995 Mazda Protege LX and the radio has been dead for a while, so I want to replace it. The installation/removal looks pretty simple. How to I find a radio that will work as a replacement ...
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Radio lights are on

I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring and when I turn my car off the radio still glows with the time and CD that's playing, is that normal?
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Car FM radio for overseas use?

Living in the US, I want to purchase a car Radio/CD player unit to be installed in an car in Israel. A few years ago, I bought a cheap MP3 player w/ FM tuner to use there (not a car unit, just one of ...
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2014 Mazda 3 Audio with Android phone through USB

For reference, I have this audio unit. I used to just plug in my iPhone and press the 'Media' button to get songs to play, but it doesn't seem to work with an Android phone. I just get a 'Check ...
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Radio Stations overlaying and interfering

I've purchased a car a few months back and it's radio has been driving me crazy. Whenever I start up particular radio stations in the morning, I can also hear another radio station in the background. ...
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Honda radio not working

I have a 1995 Honda accord and I was driving one day when my radio just went blank. Then it says code on it. So I entered the code and right as I enter the last number the radio makes a beep then the ...
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Can I install a bluetooth dongle on my car's audio system?

I have installed an Alpine CDE-171RM dashboard on my car. Since it features an usb port, I was wondering if I could just plug a bluetooth usb dongle, or something similar, to have bluetooth audio ...
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Pontus PAC-7002(B) reset

My 1996 Alfa Romeo 146ti has a Pontus PAC-7002(B) stereo, probably aftermarket. It has a removable MP3 player and a built-in CD player. The whole interface seems to be locked, possibly as part of a ...
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car stereo connectors

I just bought a new stereo for my Honda CRV and now I would like to buy a connector to avoid rewiring. Unfortunately neither of the two plugs are standard connectors. Does anyone know what these ...
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Upgrading the Bluetooth Audio on 2012 Honda Civic?

I have a 2012 Honda Civic EX with built-in bluetooth audio support. It has the controls in the steering wheel, etc. Generally it works OK, but I have taken several extended trips in a 2014 Chevy ...
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Compatibility of car stereos

Is it likely that a given car stereo will work in a given car? Are there a number of different form factors (sizes)? Are some more common than others? Are there a variety of connector schemes? I'm ...
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Fitting speakers on the door of a hatchback

I'm thinking of fitting an audio system for my hatchback. I'm a little bit confused over fixing the speakers. I have three options to fit the speakers. Fit them on an MDF tray above boot. [6x9 oval ...
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Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?

I've got an older Nissan truck (1994) that did NOT come with a factory radio. A previous owner had an aftermarket style radio installed, and the installers used one of these universal radio ...