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Amplifer Not Operating

My amplifier no longer turns on. The power indicator light on the back is red instead of green. The blue lights on the side won't come on nor will the fan come on. I have tried reattaching the remote wire but still no luck.

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  • camaro4life Nov 16, 2008

    protector light is solid red with the one stereo with or without the sub connected but it doesnt even make a color with the other deck. why is this?? how do i fix the amp?

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The red led is the protect indicator.

When this stays red you have either a bad speaker or the amp has a blown channel. Those are the 2 most common problems with the protect light staying red.

Disconnect the speakers and if the amp turns on without speakers, you most likely have a bad speaker. Take them in to a service center and have them checked.

if you disconnect the speakers and it still stays red, you most likely have a bad channel in the amp.

There is nothing you can do with that except to take it in to be serviced.

Both of the possibilities are common problems with all car amplifiers.

Since you checked the wiring, there is really no other end user actions that can help you on this.

Sorry for the bad news, but if this information was of value to you a good rating would be appreciated and appropriate.

Let me know if you require any further help, I have been repairing car and home amplifiers for over 17 years and can help you on most questions

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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