Question about Car Amplifiers
If you are still trying to power it, stop now... disconnect the amp and remove it from the car, if it is under warranty, rma it... if not, take the case off the amp to expose the circuit board, and remove any fuses. go down to autozone and pick up a can of CRC QD Electronic Cleaner... it's 11oz and goes for 5 bux or so...
remove the circuit board from the housing, spray a liberal coating to the underside of the board, then flip it over so you can see all of the components, prop it up on something so that it can drain easily and empty the rest of the can onto the top side of the board, get into every component you can using the supplied tube... let it dry for a good 45 minutes, i usually put a quadded up piece of paper or a hand towel under it so that i can gauge dryness... when the runoff soaking the towel is dry, there is a good chance the board is dry...
after you are certain it is dry (may want to wait 24 hours just to be safe) re-assemble, replace any fuses, power it up and see if it works... if it does not work at this point, your best bet will be replacing it or taking it to a local electronics shop to get a repair quote..
water seldom actually damages components unless you power them on while wet, even then it is usually possible to heavily clean the components and have the device work again. this is the method i use to determine if amps and stereos are worth saving after water gets into our open jeeps or trucks.. if water is going to be a normal foe in your vehicle, i would recommend modifying a waterproof battery box or toolbox to hold your amp. In my vehicle i currently have 2 amps installed in a waterproof battery box and am using two 60mm computer fans in the top for cooling.
hope this helps
Posted on Nov 16, 2007
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Posted on Mar 20, 2010
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