Question about Sirius Satellite Radio Sirius Starbase SC-FM1 Satellite Radio Receiver

1 Answer

Sirius not working after taking to dealership for unrelated problem

I took my car to the dealership for issues with draw on battery causing car to not start after 3 days of non-use. They stated that the sirius unit was the cause of my drain. the unit is hooked up per instructions. Yellow wire to always on and red to ignition on ..properly grounded. The only display now on my once working radio is SIRIUS -- no indication of now signal or channels or anything--I tried resetting unit to factory settings - no help. I have double-checked all connections all seem good. When I use the menu of the unit to try and access the sirius id-- there is no ID --as in nothing comes up. I took it back to VW --they have no idea ... how can I resolve this?? Are there any ideas on what could cause this ? I have also checked all fuses in the system It is input to my radio through fm-modulator - again the unit appears ok ...but there is no indication of 'no signal' no channels, no id, the only display is SIRIUS on the screen I'm thinking the dealership fried my unit ...

Posted by bonny dunn on

  • 1 more comment 
  • bonny dunn Jan 12, 2007

    I installed the unit to start with and the dealership did not change my wiring. i installed it using the power from cd changer located in the trunk area of the car. I have the red wired to ignition and yellow wired to always on --I verified with a meter when I installed it as to the right connections. The wiring has not changed--I checked that -- it powers on just fine--I believe that in their testing of my system they injected a pulse or crossed wires somewhere that caused my unit to short out ..just wondering if anyone else ever experienced similar symptons of a Sirius display but nothing else...

  • ch60 Jan 01, 2008

    Same problem. But I run my receiver using an auxiliary power outlet. It was working fine when I turned it off. Tried to turn it on later and now I get nothing but the Sirius logo.

  • bonny dunn Apr 15, 2013

    this is ages later -- but fyi - I bought a new control box for sirius and installed it and dealer wound up reimbursing me -it was their screw up even though they didn't want to admit it -fried the cd player that was in the trunk and then the sirius unit too -- i dont' trust the unnamed mechanic in dealerships - I like to know who is working on my car be it at the dealership or other shop ...



1 Answer


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 72 Answers

How did the dealership resolve the battery draw issue. Did they rewire the Sirius for you. If so they could have wired the unit wrong. If you have a newer vehicle most of the wires in the dash are a very light gauge and most fuctions are controlled by, what's called a Body Control Module. Some of these wires are not a very good place to draw power from not onlt could it damage your Sirius Radio it could damage the electronics in your car as well. I suggest getting it looked at by a professional. Then go from there.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007


Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


Sirius Satellite Radio Sirius Starbase SC-FM1 Satellite Radio Receiver Logo


Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sirius Satellite Radio Audio Players & Recorders Experts


Level 3 Expert

13435 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5720 Answers

The Knight
The Knight

Level 3 Expert

76703 Answers

Are you a Sirius Satellite Radio Audio Player and Recorder Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides