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Voltage Drop I have an aftermarket radio in my vehicle but for some unknown reason every time I turn my vehicle off it loses any digital memory it may have.

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Radio should have 2 power leads, one should be switched, (hooked to key switch) and one should be hooked direct to battery so you don't lose memory when you shut the car off. Someone hooked them both to the key switch.

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