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The amp wont go out of protect mode

I have a fosgate amp and somehow i arced its case and it will power on but the protect light remains on.

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Sounds like you may have shorted a power mosfet or more than one. I'm pretty sure that is what is going on. I've done it myself. I repair car amps and install car audio systems for a living. You need to test the transistors with a digital volt meter set to diode check. Let me know if you know how to do this, if not I can help you. If you need it repaired and don't know how to do it I'll be happy to repair it for you if interested. I am the cheapest you will find anywhere. People send me their amps from all over the U.S and Canada. Good luck and hope to hear from ya!

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