My car stereo will not power up if I press the power button. Instead it powers on after I have driven it for 5-10 minutes. I am thinking that it is the extreme heat here in South Florida. If so, what can I do to fix this problem?
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Its probably wired to constant power instead of switched (via ignition). Find the switched power leg either with a volt meter and swap the radio power wire. just make sure its not the memory wire. that one needs constant power.
see this technique and fix it. God bless you Instructions
With the Unlock Code
Locate the anti-theft/unlock code. Most cars have a special
anti-theft radio card that is included with the owners manual packet
containing the unlock code and serial number. Some cars also have the
code in the car manual or inside the glove compartment. You will need
this code in order to unlock your car radio.
Turn the car's ignition switch to the "on" position. This
turns on your car's electrical system and powers up the radio. The word
"CODE" will display on the screen. Note: depending on the manufacturer
some radios will display either "ENTER" or "LOC" on the screen instead.
Enter the anti-theft/unlock radio code. Press the "Tune"
button on your stereo. It will change the screen from "CODE" to blank.
Press the button to scroll through the available numbers. When you reach
the correct number press the button once and hold it down for a few
seconds. The number will appear on the display and you can now repeat
the process to input the second number, third number etc., until all of
the numbers are in. If you entered the code correctly the car stereo
will unlock and instantly become functional. Depending on your car
manufacturer, if you enter the code incorrectly you will not be able to
re-enter it again from 1 to 24 hours.
Without the Unlock Code
Call your car manufacturer directly. Your car manufacturer's
phone number is in your owner's manual. Ask to be connected to the
support department. Tell them you need to reactivate you car stereo and
you will be asked for proof of ownership. They will need your car's VIN
number, the account number from your bill of sale and a form of
personally identifiable information like your driver's license. You may
need to fax this information. Once everything checks out the
manufacturer will give you the code.
Enter the code and unlock your stereo. Use the code you
received from the manufacturer to unlock and and activate your car
Go to a car dealership. Take your car to its manufacturer
dealership to get the stereo unlocked. For example, if your car is a
Honda go to a Honda dealership. Once you have proven that you are the
owner of the car, the dealership will be able to retrieve the code from
the manufacturer and activate the radio for you.
change the tune mode to standby mode. Then press menu button for few second until clock word is displayed on the screen. Afterward, press the center of the main control button on the right side of the stereo system. The time is now blinking and you can start set the time by pressing upward & downward button for hour and left & right button for the minute
Sounds like the fuse for the switched power has blown. The stereo has two power inputs -- one unswitched, called "memory" because it lets the stereo remember your presets, and one switched, just called "power"
It should let you see the time, eject a CD, etc all when the car is turned off. Since the fuse for the main power line is blown, the stereo thinks the car is turned off all the time.
Here is how to manually tune your radio.
1 Press the SOURCE button until a radio
frequency appears in the display.
2 Press the BAND button repeatedly until the
desired radio band is displayed.
Each press changes the band:
→ F1(FM1) → F2(FM2) → AM
3 Press the TUNE button repeatedly until "DX
SEEK" and "SEEK" disappear from the display.
The initial mode is DX SEEK.
4 Press the g DN or f UP button to move
downward or upward one step respectively until
the desired station frequency is displayed.
The ST indicator or STEREO indicator appears on the
display when a Stereo FM station is tuned in
you must force eject the cd by pressing the eject button and the power on/off/att button simultaneously and holding them. Just hold the 2 buttons at once and it should come out.
look at page 2 in this users manual. Hope this helps!