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Toyota USB port kills devices plugged into it

The port is badly broken, stop using it until you get it fixed. If it has always been like this, chances are the port is miswired so that the +5V and ground pins are swapped (perhaps an internal cable ...
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1-2 sec delay between phone video and car audio connected to phone via bluetooth

Not wanting to necro a dead thread, but this is a known issue with Honda Bluetooth audio. There is a bug in the bluetooth handshake that results in data-only transmission. Proof. This means then ...
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Power on issues - Car radio

You need to test with a Digital Multi Meter (DMM) because there is no way we can help you diagnose an issue. I would: Remove the dash and test at the harness (picture below of a headunit ...
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Battery drain when car is inactive

The battery will loose charge even if it has no loads connected. This happens due to the nature of the chemistry of lead acid type batteries. A fully charged battery will fully discharge in a few ...
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Where can I find a power adapter to run a car stereo from a wall outlet?

Your car Audio should work well in your garage .Mine has been running for 17 years now .The 12 V DC power supply needs to be rated for the job as others have commented .If you use a switchmode ...
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How difficult is it to replace a car radio on a 2000 Honda Accord?

Not difficult really, if you're handy with a screw driver. Hondas are usually pretty easy to pull the dash apart on, and this guide will help you with that. Then, it's just a case of installing your ...
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What type of Stero Cord / Port do I have here?

It looks to be the connector to the external DSP, pictured below the stereo here. Specifically, the second and fourth ports from the left. The stereo should have included two 20' cables for these. ...
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Is is possible to stop a GM radio theft lock light from blinking

My '04 Chevy has a similar light; I don't think it's possible to disable it. If it is bothersome, I would just mask over it with a piece of non-clear tape. You could use Blu-tac as well. The nice ...
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Reversed ignition and constant wires

According to Wikipedia on the ISO connectors : On some cars the +12V Ignition and Battery positions are reversed, such as later Volkswagen Group cars, Peugeot 106,Vauxhall Astra, Citroën C3 some ...
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Is it possible to wire an aux cable directly to the radio wires under the dash of an automobile?

In short NO. The speaker outputs are not compatible with line inputs on say a subwoofer amplifier. The speaker output puts out too much power and has the wrong impedance. Connecting this to an ...
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Is an aftermarket amplifier really necessary for standard applications?

Yes, the gain in quality is significant, even when you're not looking for an increase in volume. Why having an amplifier matters The stock system can only output about 15 W/channel (*). That's not ...
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Audio System Noise-supercharger whine

This has less to do with the audio signal, than it does with grounding. What you have described is a ground loop. You likely have a grounding issue somewhere. Obviously we are not able to tell you ...
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Should ground wires be fused?

I have fitted many accessories to cars, trucks and agricultural vehicles, some taking less than 1 amp and others several hundred or more. I have never put fuses on the earth or ground side. If the ...
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Toyota USB port kills devices plugged into it

If you have a multimeter, you can check what is going on. Find an old usb cable you have lying around, and strip it until you get 4 wires. Then, find which wires are 5V and Ground by using the ...
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I have a 3500 watt car audio system and want the cheapest way to run it?

There is no shortage of "3500W" automotive audio power amps on the market and most of them will produce something like that momentarily into the right load (usually 1 Ohm) and with a proper ...
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Upgrading the Bluetooth Audio on 2012 Honda Civic?

I have to agree with crasic's old comments. Bluetooth capabilities are usually integrated into the entertainment system / stereo head unit. This was as true in 2013 as it is now (moreso now). On ...
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Best way to add amp and sub to car

The head unit will supply enough power to the stock speakers. You will not need to amplify the signal. Doing so will likely blow the speakers. If you replace your stock speakers with higher wattage ...
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Speaker setup in Subaru Impreza

That's a funny way to remind you that two tweeters - possibly out of phase - could result in a sound you're not happy with. Note this warning is specific to the channel (FL, FR, RL, RR) you're working ...
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fitting steering wheel controls to polo mk5

It is possible to add a MFSW (Multi Function Steering Wheel) or, depending on the design of your steering wheel, add just the buttons and control module. It will require some research and some ...
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Reversed ignition and constant wires

It won't cause a short circuit. Either your radio will always have power (if they are backwards after the swap), or it will work like it's supposed to (if they are correct after the swap). There's a ...
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Radio static with wheels at certain position

Since you've confirmed that all other sources of audio are okay and its only the radio which suffers, then the cause is specific to the radio. My top guess would be damage to the aerial or the aerial ...
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Need to find replacement light bulb for '60s Delco radio

I appears you need a G3.5 or G3 1/2 bulb with a bayonet base. It is also referred to as a mini indicator bulb. Looking on amazon, there are still some companies that make them. If you want to go to ...
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How to get a CD out?

I did some searching on the Interwebz and found this wiring breakout of the plug which goes into the back side of the stock head unit: Here is an image of the socket in the back of the head unit: ...
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2006 Lexus GX470: Convert navigation model to non-navigation?

Every web site said it was impossible. It is possible though, and surprising simple in theory. I successfully converted my 2006 GX470 from navigation to non-navigation with an after-market double-din ...
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My stereo turns off when I step on my brakes

I suspect you have a bad earth / earthing problem. Get an assistant to tell you what the tail lights are doing when you brake with the stereo on. I think voltage is probably leaking back somewhere. ...
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Just bought a 2001 Jetta, the radio wiring is super screwed up... no clue what to do

Had to do this for customers before : start by removing all the non-original stuff. Then with the key off use a meter and find the permanent live, next key to aux and find switched live, the ground ...
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bluetooth not shutting off audio when answering the phone

This sounds more like a problem with the app then the Subaru audio system. I would try playing music or a different app and taking a call. If that works fine, you know it's a problem with the app. A ...
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2006 Honda Odyssey: input radio security code with broken buttons?

As Paulster stated in the comments, if the buttons are indeed broken, then there's no way to enter the reset code (assuming the code has a 1 or a 4 in it). Your best options are to take the stereo ...
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Replacing a very old radio by a slightly less old one

1) It would be best to separate all the negative speaker wires, the circuit diagram doesn't indicate that they are all common inside, so you could possibly cause damage if you connect them together. ...
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Adding audio accessories that are always powered (independently of ACC)

What you want is probably not what you'd like, see Paulster2's comment. What you are looking for might already exist. On most modern vehicles, the head unit has an "always on" power lead and a ...
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