I accidently hook my battery charger to the wrong posts (rusty clamps, faded colors). It was connected for approx 3 seconds that way. Now, my radio/CD wont work. EVERYTHING else works, gauges, lights, power, door locks, cruise, etc. and the radio lights up with night lighting. I've pulled fuses from under the hood and along side the dash/driver door but can't even find one stating RADIO.
Finally, I had a different radio without cassette and changed to that radio... same results. So the radio itself is not fried and apparently it's in "security" or something prior to radio. Where is the RADIO fuse?? Any other ideas?? THANKS in advance.
There is a panel on the passengers side of the car, I pulled the fuse used for OnStar because I dont use it. I didn see any labling on mine but it was the fuse located second from the top on the left side, but you have to be looking at it side ways because of the way the fuse box is orientated.
And then put it in the socket all the way to the right second from the bottom, again looking at it sideways. NOTE: My car is a 2006 Malibu LT
Thanks for reply. There is no in-line fuse behind radio but low and behold there is a 3rd fuse panel on the other side of the dash at the passenger side door. Ya think ??? It was a blown 10 amp fuse but even that one didn't say "radio", "stereo", "sound" or anything remotely close. Just had to check every fuse.
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Locate the Positive cable marked with a + sign.. connect the red cable on the charger to this post.. Take the other clamp from the Batt charger and connect it to the neg Cable post Marked - or connect the negative clamp to anymetal part on the engine.
Get a battery charger and hook it up to the battery on the 20amp setting. Turn the key to the on position 3 times and on the 3rd time, leave in the on position. Leave it that way for about 30 min. After the 30 minutes, turn the car off and disconnect the battery charger. This resets the anti-theft system and you should be able to start the car.
First remove Hold down clamps . Next remove cables , negative first then positive. Then remove the battery,its a good idea to wear gloves and eye protection when doing this.
You must find out how many Cold Cranking amps(CCA) your car needs to start, thats the size battery you purchase. Make sure its top or side post and same physical size as possible as your old battery. Installiation is the reverse of removal.
check for proper ground and check to see if you accidently poped a fuse while connecting the wires.Check to see if there are any in line fuses on the radio wiring and see if they're blown.if not, hook the radio up directly to a car battery(with a fuse in line on the power side) and if it doesnt work then its a problem with the radio, if it does, its a problem with the wiring.
I suppose this is what you want to know
The battery charger has 2 leads coming off it as well as the power lead to the external power source .THE TWO LEADS WITH CLAMPS ON GO TO THE BATTERY THE RED GOES TO THE POSITIVE TERMINAL PLUS SIGN AND THE BLACK GOES TO THE NEGATIVE TERMINAL.MINUS SIGN, THE POWER LEAD PLUGS INTO THE POWER. AND THAT IS ALL THERE IS TO IT..
Check the radio fuse? Box is drivers side end of dash(drivers door open)or pass side end of dash(passenger door open)
police models have a connection for the speakers (passenger floorboard under floor mat) to connect the speakers to the police radios.
If they had the speakers connected to their radios,they may have unhooked them and not connected them back to the radio.
The wires are brown,grey,blue and light blue.All into a blue connector.
Sounds like you blew a couple of fuses, check the fuse block and replace any blown fuses. The fuse block is usually under the dash on the drivers side.
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First of all, make sure your iginition switch is completely in the off position or your radio will stay on. I had problems with this and all I had to do was make sure my shifter was locked in the park position (try jiggling it around in park until it clicks). If that doesn't help, the fuse for the radio is located on the passenger side of the vehicle on the side of the dashboard- you have to open your door to access it.
Do you have a battery charger? If you do, connect the red(positive) clamp on the charger (+) to the Positive (+) battery post. Then connect the black(negative) clamp on the charger (--) to the (--)(negative) battery post. Make sure these are hooked up this way, if they aren't, you can damage the car's charging system (big bucks to fix). When you are sure the charger is connected to the battery properly, plug the charger in. It would be best to let it charge overnight. You must then find out why the battery went dead, otherwise, when you go out someplace and turn the car off, you may not be able to start it up again. If it's the original battery it's time to get a new one. You can drive to a major parts store, they will check the battery and car's charging system to see what's wrong for free.Good Luck countrycurt0