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Why does my aftermarket Pioneer radio blow fuses after a few minutes of operation?

Tried to install Pioneer radio in my Chevy Lumina. After installing, radio works for few minutes thn fuse blows. Went back to the store and was told that have to bypass amplifier or wire speakers.I can't find an amplifier in the car and can't find the diagram with amplifier on the web.

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  • John Lusk
    John Lusk Apr 16, 2015

    I agree with Even and Jeremy. First thing you have to check is the wiring and the hookup of the stereo and speakers. Once you rule that out then you have to look at the unit, because it could be internal. All amps do is boost power to the speakers thus drawing power. Now if the amp is built in to the stereo then it could be shorting out after it warms up, thus making a cool milisecond light show in your fusebox. I would also look at the paperwork that came with the unit and see what the input power should be going into the stereo, and start there and work your way back.

  • Lenny Kelman
    Lenny Kelman Apr 16, 2015

    It is a brand new pioneer. Not likely it is bad, but it is possible. I was told that this model of the car has a factory amp some place and it is not compatible to new radios, so it has to be bypassed. Just can't find the amp, I will try on Sunday to follow the wires, but that could be a long process. I will double check the wiring again. Worst case scenario, I will run new wires from speakers to the radio. Just trying to make the job faster instead of spending all day.



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Well the amp is gone with the old radio and if you bypass the speakers then you won't hear anything. SO, call back where you got your unit and advise, ask who has worked there longest and speak with them hopefully it will be someone who knows what there talking about. If you get the same guy then???? I have done this a lot and it has worked well.

Hope this helps Mike

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What is the model of your pioneer and these luminas have the amp built right into the stereos same as the 98 same deal

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