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I have a 2001 Chrysler T & C Limited. My tilt broke and tried to repair it. Finally located a whole new steering column (couldn't just replace a part.) When it was all back together everything seemed fine. Until i turned on the radio. About every 13 to 15 seconds the radio cuts out for just a second or two and then continues. It also happens with the CD player. It does not happen if it the key is turned back in the accessory (Like you have the car off but want to listen to the radio)it works fine. But turn on the car and the radio has this hiccup. It is driving me crazy. Ask my mechanic friend what i did wrong. He has tried many things using volt meters, looking for spikes, checking the relays at the ignition site, but he did find something weird. The PCI Bus (the white wire C3 that looks like it goes into the diagnostic junction port on a sheet he gave me. It's the system wiring diagram for the Premium Sound Radio Circuit (Fig. 42.) that i have. When he pulls it out the radio stay is not hiccuping, but the speakers don't work. We can also tell this because the clock also goes off when the radio hiccups. If he plus it in and turns the car over we have the same problem of the radio and clock hiccup every 13 to 15 seconds. He also tried turning on the car with it unplugged, then just touching the cable not fully connecting it and it ran fine, until you turn the car off. When you restart the car, same problem again. He thinks it is either the body control module, the front control module, or the radio itself. Or if for some reason there is some type of ''code'' that is not being relayed to the radio. Is the car on some type of 13 to 15 second diagnostic loop? Or could it be a module or the radio itself. But which one? He is not a dealership mechanic and each of these are a few hundred dollars a piece so he doesn't know which may be needed and doesn't want to sell me the wrong part. If I go to the dealership now i don't want to be charged even more money to be told it could be the same my friend told me, is there a way they can pin point it better, or is it just a question of trying each part to see what fixes it. One other thing. My car battery has a low charge, but it is 3 years old. And i did have a problem a couple months ago with my passenger side window going up after i had put it down, and my back hatch when i press my button doesn't go up, instead i just unlock the car and raise it manually. I thought it was just the cold weather, or possibly the hydraulic cylinders. But now i'm wondering if i am missing something else. I really enjoy my van and it has just under 103,000 miles on it in 8 and a half years. If you could give me some help i would appreciate it. Like so many americans we are having to really watch our expenses. thank-you

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If the clock goes out with the hiccup the radio system is losing total power. Have you had the radio tested??If you have & without being there to help I would check the wires in the column first. Could be a short in the steering wheel radio control or ingition switch. I figure you have them with power everything. I always check to see if proper voltage is being suppied to the connector. Check the counnector on the window & hatch motor first. If you want to post back I give you a hand solving the glitches. I have a 03 GC ES LOADED.

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    Reading up on this one. When you replaced the column my things could go wrong to send the radio into the loop you describe. First check for a stuck radio remote switch on the steering wheel. If not the clock spring might not be grounded. Next the FCM front control module.These are the 3 main reasons that put the radio into the loop. If looking at Premium Sound wiring sheet you have. The PCI bus white wire C3 goes to DLC & other modules meaning the FCM. The FCM is on the front of the fuse box. Hope this all helps on the radio problem.

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