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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If you are connecting the negative lead of the voltmeter to the chassis of the car, and then checking the voltage at the amp on the ground power input of the amplifier, then your amplifier is not grounded properly. The amp should also be grounded on the chassis of the car, so if you have 4 V DC on it, it can not possibly be grounded to the chassis. The chassis is the same potential at any point on the car.
Could it be that the 4 V DC is at the power terminals +B or positive voltage? That would not be an uncommon thing to have since the amplifier will hold some charge after it is turned off and that would be normal.
Since you have a voltage meter, you could check the current draw of the amplifier if your meter also have a setting for current or amps.
If so, connect the meter in series with the ground of the amplifier. That means to disconnect the ground wire at the amplifier, and use the meter to complete the ground connection by putting one lead of the meter on the ground wire that should be connected to the chassis of the car and the other lead to the ground terminal of the amplifier. It does not matter which lead you connect to the wire or the amplifier, that would only make your measurement i postive current or negative current, but the meter must be set up properly for current. Most of them have a diiferent jack to put the positive lead into for current. most have two different jacks. If yours does also, choose the lead with the larger amp rating. Most have 10A and 300mA, the lareger amp rating is 10A. That is 10 amps max and the 300mA means 300 milli-amps which is .3 amps max.
Do this with the amplifier turned off and the car off. If you measure any current at that point you do have a current draw with the amp off and the amp would need to be serviced by a professional. If you have no current draw there, the amp is not the source of your battery draining. This would find out for certain if the amplifier is really draining the battery.
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Posted on Jun 27, 2008
SOURCE: audiobahn car amplifier
Sounds like you have fried your output transistors. They can be replaced if u have the patience and know-how. Also check the resistors near the transistors. Some of them may need to b replaced too. I fu replace the transistors and the resisitors are still fried, u run the chance of burning up the new transistors again. I usually just replace both items since it's not that expensive and I'm doing the labor. What have you got 2 lose?
Posted on Jul 17, 2008
It probably has shorted output transistors. To eliminate other possible causes, read through the following page.
Amplifier in Protect Mode - Troubleshooting
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
SOURCE: t1500-1bd burnt mosfet
Fosgate's get very hot.My first amp was a fosgate and I freaked out because it got really really hot. And smelled bad. So I moved it so where it could get more air That should help you out a lot and the smell went away on its own. As for your battery dying. Basically your stressing out your battery and your alternator is having a hard time keeping the battery changed. I'm sure you see your light dim when a low bass note hits. Invest in a cap. This will help save your battery your alternator and should even sound better.
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
SOURCE: t1500-1bd burnt mosfet
First of all is the mosfet your talking about in the output section or in the power supply section? Most car amps use mosfets in the power supply section, some use them in the output section. To test the transistors in your amp, take a digital volt meter and set it to diode check. Then take the leads and put them accross the first and third legs of the transistors. Usally the red test lead on the first leg and black test lead on the third leg of transistor. If you get a reading of 000 then transistor is shorted. If you get a reading below 600 then transistor is on it's way out if not allready or it's next to a shorted transistor that is it's complimentry output transistor. comonly you will have 2 transistors working together, one NPN and one PNP per a channel, or 4 of them in a bridged type output circuit depending on the watts and how man channels your amp has. I was just looking at the specs of this amp and it's got me confused. It says it's a 2 channel but looking at all the info on different pages it says at 4ohm:200wattsx4 and at 2ohms:300wattsx4 and 1 channel mono 600watts into 4ohms. weird for a 2 channel. anyway that is how you test your transistors. Same way for the power supply section but, you will come accross a couple or more switching diodes that look like transistors and you will get a 000 reading when you test those like I specified. They rarely go out and most of the time there is only 2 of them. They will have a diagram like a diode on the front showing you which way the power flows. Let me know what you find out. Your amp should have went to protect mode if you smoked a mosfet.
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
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