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My stereo in 1997 chevy caviler is turning off and on when turned up to a high volume. I have a sony xplod 52 watt by 4 channel radio. With two 6x9 sony xplod 50 watt rms and 300 watt peak power in the rear and two 4x6 pioneer 30 watt rms and 180 watt peak power, both are these are hooked straight to the radio and are both 4ohms. I also have a kicker zx300.1 amp hooked up witha 6 guage wire straight to the battery. The amp is 300 rms power and 1200 watt peak power. The amp has a 12 inch sony xpold subwoofer at 300 rms with a 1000 watt peak power at 4 ohms. Any suggestions on why the radio keeps turning off and on at a higher volume level?

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Most likely cause is heat. The clearances behind the radio are often not sufficient to provde the proper air coolling that the higher power radios need. The heat sinks on the rear of the radio require a certain amount of air flow to dissipate the heat generated under high load conditions. If you add summer heat to the equation, you can have the radio going into thermal cutout to protect it circuity.

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