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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    i have checked all fuses in fuse box for radio,all ok, is there another fuse on radio and how do i get to it

  • pjoosten Apr 16, 2009

    I also have a dead radio in my 2008 F150.

    I checked the fuses in the fuse box and all seems to be OK.

    Also I have heard of a fuse in line with the 12V DC wire to the radio with some models, but do not know if this is also the case with a 2008 F150.

    How could a fuse blow: If you sump-start the car and by accident reverse the folarity for a few seconds the fuse could blow.

    The radio cannot damage really. It has a polarity reversal diode at the DC power input for protection.

    I only hope I checked the right fure?


  • larry_edward May 10, 2009

    the radio is a jvc, the car a 1996 camaro rs. there was a lose wire in back, orange, but radio was working, but cutting off. when putting radio back in dash, the orange wire touched metal, and radio went out completely. All fuses, including one in back of radio look good. I am told radio fuse is in a different fuse box near dash and door panel



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If you tell me what kind of radio it is, make and model, I may be able to help you better. You can find that information on the display for many radios, and on the bottom or back of the radio for others. Too much information is always better than too little information.

Many car stereos have the fuse right in line with the power wires (yellow and red, sometimes the black ground wire) coming from the harness on the back of the radio. It is rare that a radio has a power fuse on the inside of the radio. Some pioneers have a RCA ground fuse on the board inside the radio which require a technician to replace.

Some radios have a fuse right on the connector jack for the wiring harness on the back of the radio.

If the radio is completely dead, it is a possibility that the fuse has blown. But a new question then comes up. Why did the fuse blow?

Sometimes it can happen from playing the radio too loud, but even then, the fuse should not blow. But it is possible. Sometimes it is a shorted speaker, a bad amp IC, or another shorted component.

If you find the fuse make sure that you replace it with the same type and ratings. Most car radios use a blade fuse. Some have the glass tube type when they are inline with the power wires.
Once again, if I know what kind of radio it is, I may be able to tell you just what type of fuse to use, not all radios use the same fuses.

If you replace the fuse and it blows again, you really should take it in for service.

If your radio is not dead, the fuse is not a likely problem.

I hope this helps and let me know if you need any more help.


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