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Old 11-24-2015, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default Weak weak weak audio

Hey all, n00b poster here.

My wife has a 2004 Ion Coupe 3 with a factory stereo system and speakers. It tunes and plays back audio and MP3 normally but the volume is horrible. Even turned up to the max it's hard to hear when driving. I believe these cars use a secondary amplifier but I haven't had a chance to dig in. When I change the front/rear balance to full front I hear nothing from the door speakers nor the tweeters.
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Checked for a blown 20A PREM AUDIO fuse in the Under-Hood Fuse Block (UHFB)? Other than this, is it possible the speakers are blown? Unless Saturns came with Bose or other high end sound systems, factory speakers last only so long until cardboard cones disintegrate. Guess how I know?
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Thanks! Pretty dark here so I'll try come this weekend. It'd be nice to hear some decent sound in there.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:49 AM   #4
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I dont think these came with an external amp. How long have you owned it?

Either both speakers in the front are out or the radio lost the front channel. You would have to get another speaker and hook it to the radio to see if that works. If not front channel could be bad, time for a new radio
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Old 11-25-2015, 10:43 AM   #5
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We bought it in May. I could have sworn I saw an amplifier mounted in the trunk that was not aftermarket. It reminded me a bit of the one from my old Taurus SHO. I'll try the speaker test and make sure there aren't any torn wires in the little rubber coupling near the door hinges.
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