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Car audio I installed a new stereo system iun my car. Everything apears to be installed correctly . When i turn the car off however the speakers (woofers) make a loud humming sound for about 10 seconds then quits. Would a delay in the remote power wire turning off cause this?

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Re: car audio

You need to use a multimeter to see if the remote turn-on voltage at the amplifier is dropping to near 0v as soon as you switch off the head unit. If it's not, you need to determine why it's not switching off quickly.

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