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Left speaker in my 1998 chevy s10 fades out then dies


What have you tried?
Is this an aftermarket sound system?
It could be a fault in the head unit, the cables or the speaker itself.

Assuming that its and aftermarket head unit using original wires this is what I would do:

Remove the head unit to gain access the wiring behind.
Most units have the wiring colour coded and a generally in pairs for +ve and -ve, some even have them label LR (Left Rear) RR (Right Rear) LF (Left Front) RF (Right Front).

The wires are commonly joined to the existing speaker wires by insulated electrical "connectors" that simply pull apart, though only pull on the connector NOT the wire.

Half-way jobs are just the bared wired "twisted" around the joining wire and wrapped in electrical tape.

Ensure all the connectors are still in tact and

Test after removing each pair of speaker wire to which speaker is disconnected.
When you determine which wire is for which, switch the non-working left speaker over with a working one and test to see if the speaker still fades.

1. If it does not fade then your problem is the head unit - I would replace it.
2. If it does then the problem is in the speaker or the wiring.

Remove the speaker and swap with one of your working speakers.

A. If it still fades then the problem is in your wiring and you will need to run new wires.
B. If it does not fade then the problem is simply your speaker.

Hope that helps.

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Aftermarket speakers stoped working


Can a head phone be plug into the unit and if so - can you hear sound over the head phone. Also first look if nothing is stuck in the head phone jack (where it is plugged in as kids tend to stuff small objects into it). If sound can be heard over the head phones the unit is ok. The problem then lies with in the speaker output circuitry. The speaker output wiring has most of the time a inbuilt fuse that protects the circuitry when the speaker wires are shorted out when power (volume) is on. The unit has to be opened to replace it by a knowledgeable person.

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1991 toyota carolla seca cs limited head unit wiring colour codes


Radio Constant 12V+ Wire: Blue/Yellow
Radio Switched 12V+ Wire: Gray
Radio Ground Wire: Brown
Radio Illumination Wire: Green
Left Front Speaker Wire (+): Pink
Left Front Speaker Wire (-): Purple
Right Front Speaker Wire (+): Purple
Right Front Speaker Wire (-): Light Green
Left Rear Speaker Wire (+): Black
Left Rear Speaker Wire (-): Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Wire (+): Red
Right Rear Speaker Wire (-): White

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My kenwood head cd unit in my car keeps on flashing "protect" i checked all wires in the head unit and nothing.it will stay ok for a while but it goes back to protect...


hi,
Check the speaker in you car which are connected to you head unit. if the speaker or the wire which runs to the speakers have some problem then the head unit will show protect.
Also one more possibility is, the faulty output amplifier IC in the head unit. if the audio out put IC is short or fail then also the unit will show the same. Audio output Ic means the audio amplifier. Check the speaker and wire first. Mainly the wire check is there is any insulation damage in it. if the insulation get damaged possibility to get contact with the metal part of the body of the car then also the protect will appear.
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Head unit blown out possibly ????


souds like the wires on the speakers is the wrong way round or the speakers are ****

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How to hook up a pyramid pro plus 4 channel pb-180px without using rca jacks for 6 by 9s


The pb180 has High Input receptacles on the back end. They are marked High Input and identified as Channels 1&2 left/right, and channels 3&4 left/right. You will need to identify all speaker wires coming from your head unit ( left front +&--) , and so on. You will be sending the speaker wires from the head unit to the pb180's High Inputs. In other words, the front left speaker wires(+&-) from the head unit will go to the High Input Channels 1&2 side, left input of the pb180, and so on, so the speaker wires coming out of the head unit will need to be cut. And LABEL all sets of speaker wires before you cut them! Then on the OUTPUT end of the pb180, you will be sending the wires back to the the respective speaker wires which are going to the speakers. So it's out from head unit to pb180 and out from pb180 to speakers.
Hopefully you have the plugs that Pyramid uses for the speaker wire inputs to the amp. If not you have to get creative, and make up terminals to fit into the input receptacles. Maybe a wire terminal from Radio shack will fit those pins..
Also, if you go on line: Google search "Pyramid auto amps" and click on "SEARCH" (upper right hand) of their Web Page. Plug in your model number like this, pb180, and you'll be able to download the manual for this amp. The manual has a full description of the wiring options.

Hope this was helpful and Good Luck!

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I had my head unit put in by a audio shop and when i got my car (1993 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo) back my rear speakers dint work so i took the head unit out(because the shop would not fix it or refund me and i...


If the rear speakers worked before your new head unit was installed, then the first question is does your new head unit have the facility to feed four speakers. Some systems will only power two speakers. The Audio Shop should have rectified the fault - you paid for the installation and as the customer you have a reasonable expectation that they would do it properly and ensure that all of the existing speakers were functioning properly. It would be worth challenging them again - if they refuse you could go to Citizen's Advice Bureaux or the nearest Trading Standards Office. Alternatively, try tracing the wires back from the rear speakers to the head unit - are the wires connected up properly... at both ends (i.e., the speaker end and the head unit).

The audio shop has probably hard wired the head unit because the sockets in the back of the head unit were not compatible with the plugs that came as standard with the car. A Haynes Manual or equivalent will give the colour codes for the various wires for the audio system.

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Rear speakers do not work


Either the balance is off on the head unit, or the the out puts (in the head unit) for the rear speakers are blown.

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1999 Audi A4 Rear Speakers


The large block is a factory amplifier - in your car (as was in mine) you had a partially-amplified system. The front speakers were driven at speaker level from the head unit, but the rears were fed a line-level signal from the head unit to the amp, which then boosted to speaker level. The harness then sent the speaker level signal to each rear speaker.

What you can do is fit your new head unit. The fronts will interface perfectly with no issues. For the rear, run new wires from the adapter harness at the back of your head unit, back to the new rear speakers, and connect them directly. Then everything will work as it should.

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Wiring on back of head unit


You don't need to change the cables from the head unit on.  Just strip of the end of the wires where the old speakers are and crimp on the proper connectors to connect them.  Alternatively you can just solder the wires directly to the speakers.  I always **** splice at least 6" of wires onto the end so you have more wire to work.  The only reason you would change the wires would be because you are putting more than 200 watts per channel.  You didn't speak of an amp so no worries.
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