Just got done hooking up my 1000 watt amp in my car and hooked up the sub. it played like 20-30 seconds through the fist song, then when i switched the song the amp went out. Continious problem. It would work again once i unhook the power cable and hook it back up for the 30 secs.
Check your ground and make sure it is grounded to metal in your car with no paint. Also, make sure you are running 4 gauge power wire. Another possible cause could be that the ohm load is too low on the amp. Also, if your car battery drops below 10v it will send the amp into protection.
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Could be a number of things. First try another sub, your current sub could have a problem. Second could be to low ohms going to the amp. Is it a new install or was your current setup playing fine then your current problem happened. I need to know what kind of amp and sub and how do you have it hooked up. If it's a 2 channel amp and your running it bridge mode then the amp needs 4 ohm sub hooked up unless specified that it can except a lower ohms. Could be a voltage problem as well. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org let me know if this helps.
First youll need an amp. Depending on what size the sub is a 500 watt rms amp can hold up to about a 300 watt kicker. If your looking for something bigger u can get a 1000 watt amp and hook up two 300 watt kickers. To hook up the amp youll need a car amp power cable, power control cable, speaker wire, amd a car amp ground wire. They usually sell kits that run aboyt 40 bucks. The power cable goes to the batter as well as the ground cable. The power control cable goes to the back of the head unit. (You will kost likely need a more modern headunit if urs is stock). Once this is done put the sub in the box (i recomend super glue because metal nails take away from the bass). Put the speaker wire to the speaker positive on left negative on right. Same with the amp. And now ur bumpin ;)
I have a similar problem with my 2012 civic, I hooked up my 1800w kenwood mp to my 2 12" w6s and 1 song plays and sounds great, the rest of my songs have no bass from the subs, just the car speakers sound normal so I dont know what the hell thats all about. I thought it was a wiring issue but I can play the one song all day and it sounds perfect so any suggestions? thanks in advance
this is caused by inproper wiring from the speakers/subs to the amplifier.. an amp will still put out power to subs and speakers when it's wired improperly but it won't last for very long doing it... 6 months is longer than usual....
Since the unit recovers once it has powered down. I suspect that the internal protection circuit is kicking in. Check the wiring and be sure that there are no crossed wires anywhere. These amps are designed to work with 2 ohm loads and can take a direct short for a short period of time. If the wires appear ok, measure the speakers with an ohm meter. If the speakers are 4 ohm rated, they should measure just under 3 ohms with the meter, If they measure less than 2 ohms, there is a problem with the speakers.
Also, does the amp shutdown regardless of the volume level or just when played loud?
The head unit may be rated at 200 watts but it cannot produce more than ~20 watts of real power per channel. There's no way that it can drive the high end speakers to a level that will be needed to compete with the subs on a 1000 watt amplifier.