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My head unit works on tuner for my subwooofer, but doesn't work when it is in ipod or cd mode

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  • Nito123 May 11, 2010

    So you're trying to say:

    My subwoofer will not work with a cd or ipod?



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Your probably driving your amp with the power antenna lead, not the accessory lead. it's easy to do, they're both blue.

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