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Amp not working

Hi my legacy 798 is on protect and will not come off when i turn it off it went on when the out put cable hit a live wire plz can some one help me in fixing it as it was a gift of a old freand wich has not long past away thanks

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  • ian mcdonnell Jan 22, 2008

    ta 4 thats mate i have a meater and no clue how to use it and its the lil chips that seen to be getting hot i have replaced all 4 of the lil chips and ther still geting hot so wats my next move regards ian

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Well it sound like you most likely damaged the audio output transistors. take a multimeter & test the outputs. remember they work in pairs so if you find 1 replace the one next to it also. in the amp you will find many transistors, the o/p transistors are the bigger ones.the transistors will be stamped with a part number, typically add "2S" in front if you try to find the parts yourself. good luck.

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If your amp is not going into protect mode, try linking a different speaker to each terminal on your amp (left) then (right). If you get sound through a different speaker, more than likey your speaker wire to your kickers has came loose (due to vibrations) or there is a break in your speaker wire.

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Before opening the amp, remove it from the power source.

Since the resolution is severely limited here, send the photos to me directly (babin_perry@yahoo.com). If you're going to send multiple photos, please zip them and send one file.

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