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Need nore help with Protect light

I've read the other posts and i'm not sure they are answering my questions about the protect light. i wired my amp, it played fine for about two hours. then it stopped. i think that was due to over heating. now, when i turned it back on the next day it will play only at low power output from my radio...if i turn the radio up past 27 (0-62) the protect light turns on and the power light turns off...this happens for about 5-10 seconds then it flickers to the power light and flips right back to protect light... ultimately leading to no bass. what did i do wrong, what should i check first/last?

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Try it with no load first to see if speakers are defected.if not check all connections to ensure full current.especially GND .hit me up for more info if needed.

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