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Radio Dead I've got an 1997 LS-400 - best car I ever had. The radio has always worked fine - but for some of the display graphics dying out. Last week I had the timing belt replaced. I get the car back - it runs fine, but as I'm driving down the road, I see the radio is blank. I hit the power button - nothing. I brought it back to mechanic - he says it has nothing to do with him. He says "radio must have died". He checked the fuse under the hood and in fuse panel inside car - which were good. He says "coincidence". I say, "I don't believe in coincidence". I am losing my mind - driving in silence. I'm doing weird things on long trips. Can anyone out help me keep my sanity?

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  • blainebauman Jan 26, 2009

    Nope - not a dealership, just a foreign auto shop

  • Peter Castaldo
    Peter Castaldo May 11, 2010

    I have seen such coincedences as a timing belt job cause clocks not to work and such. I cant say that it was anything the mechanic did, was it an authorized dealer?


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When it comes to independent auto shops, its tough to get them to take responsibility if they did something wrong, thats why most people with a car as nice as your wouldnt trust it to just any shop. Theres nothing in a timing belt job that would cause the radio to stop working, unless some connector is loose or a bad ground somewhere. There are 3 fuses you may want to check... Radio No. 1 20A, Radio No 2 7.5A, Dome 7.5A. These all send power to the radio's circuit. If all 3 are good, It would have to be an internal problem in the radio.

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