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Shorted out amp!

I have a Kicker IX1302 amp. I had taken my speakers out and didn't put wire nits on the endz! So while I was riding I heard a small poping noise, and saw a little bit of smoke! Now it will power up but there is no sound! Can u help me THANX!!!!!!!

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Sound like you could have shorted out your audio o/p transistors. if you take the amp apart you should find 1 row on each side of the amp, one side is power & the other is usually for your sound out. the transistors on the audio side out could be bad, look closly to see if they are bubbled,cracked or just dont looke in as good shap like the others. these audio transistors work in pairs, so replace them in pars even if only 1 is bad. if they all look ok, test them with a multi meter to see if they are shorted. good luck.

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