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Your Output devices are most likely going faulty. When that happens your protection mechanism is cutting in. OR it could be a speaker problem, You manual to troubleshoot is below.
You can't, the clip light is just that...the signal is being clipped/distorted and the clip light comes on to protect the amp/speakers from blowing. You need to check your signal and then cables and wiring to see where the problem lies, chances are your volume is too high and your over working your amp....(turning the volume too high when the amp doesn't put out enough power for your speakers and this distorts the signal causing it to clip)...Try turnig the amp down, should not be any higher then 1/2-3/4 of the way never max. And if that doesn't work check your signal from the radio as well. If it works fine with the volume down and doesn't clip then your amp is too small for your needs and your need to invest in a larger amp for more power...Look for RMS watt ratings at 12-14 volts not max watts at like 16-18volts (those are fictious #'s and those amps should be avoided)
check the ohm load on your speakers, you might have to low of an ohm and the amp is going into overcurrent protection mode, with the amp off use a multi meter at the speaker terminal with the speaker conected, should read 3 to 4 ohms, if it is lower then thats the issue, you also could have a short on one of the speaker wires, look for am=ny wire pinched in the door jamb or on the speakers, sometimes the terminals are close to metal in the door and you wont notice it. give it a try.
Friend be sure that you got the right current in your speaker, if you do as you have said it is only a quarter of the way up the scale, Try this: try a lower speaker ohmic value, if there is an available ohmic value next to the speaker you are using now. Test it the way you do to the spreaker you are using now.
Try also to recheck the current in your speaker, if reading is now different, compare it to your manual. If it it below the manual try to connect a speaker with lower ohmic value, if its above, connect a speaker with a higher ohmic value.
P.S. please don't forget to rate.
Make sure that you are using the right Guage wire for that installation. I had the same problem with another amp. I changed both, power & ground wires to 4 Guage and it worked fine after that. maybe that would work for you.
if you got a voltmeter
TEST IT ALL ON A LOW LEVEL OF VOLUME!!
check the outlets of the amp if there is a signal at all...
no? - the amp isnt hooked properly!
yes? - check if the volt level on the outlets is higher then the level on the inlets of the amp (the amp is amplifying)
no? - the amp isnt hooked properly! or its bad...
yes? - connect a speaker to see if its working
wont put out a lousy spark?
check your system, the problem if probably there...
check all the connections, fuses, wires
begin from battery and go FWD antill the next device isnt working