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Radio won't turn on (sometimes)

The problem, short: Sometimes when I turn the car on, the radio doesn't not come on and won't turn on for a few minutes (usually around 5-10 mins).  Happens mainly when it is hot.  After market radio is currently installed, but happened with factory installed radio too.
The Details (problem, long): As stated above the radio will not come on, but sometimes if I smack the console next to radio, it will come back on.  It may turn off after a few minutes, if the inside of the car has cooled down it will stay on, if it is still hot it will turn off.  
The problem never happened in the winter or in cooler temperatures (in Florida when the temp is below 80).
It was the same with the factory installed radio and with the aftermarket.  I fear it may be a broken wire, but I am not sure due to it only happening hot weather. 
I am quite sure about the weather, because it happened during a week in march when the temperature was in the 90s and stopped for the next 2 months when the weather was in the 80s and below, and started again now that is summer and in the 90s all the time.  Also if the car is parked in a garage, the radio will work perfectly despite the time of day and temperature outside, but if parked outside in hot weather the problem occurs.
Is there another part that might be over heating?  Or could it be a wire break?  How can I test?
Let me know if you need more info.

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It sounds like a cold soldered joint internally in the radio. My advice is to buy a nice aftermarket radio with an MP3 CD player. MP3 gives you the option to burn music from your computer. In addition, MP3 CDs will hold over 100 songs per CD.
It MIGHT be a poor connection at the power connector on the rear of the radio. You could try pulling out the radio and cleaning the connection before purchasing a new radio.

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It is most likely in the radio i have had to replace several of mine, you could send it in to be fixed ,or replace with after market one.hope this is some help .Thank You.

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i have the same problem for my 2000 durango. any solutions?

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