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Old 05-14-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Radio Volume Knob Loose?

(apologies upfront if there is a good post about this already)

Stock radio, '98 Saturn SL2, volume/on/off knob became loose somehow today, more play than it should have, starting to pull away from the radio face. almost feels like it has a nut on the back that is coming undone. Is there an easy way to fix this? Not sure how this part is built.

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Old 05-15-2010, 07:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Radio Volume Knob Loose?

you can pull the knob off (just pull straight out) and inspect it. It's molded plastic, and is notorious for breaking. I've broken one by having a brain fart & one day turning the knob the wrong direction to turn the radio on. Completely broke out the plastic. It's probably time to go junkyarding for a new knob. They used the same knob on all the different radios for the 2nd gen interior, so it should be easy to find a new-to-you one.

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Old 05-15-2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Radio Volume Knob Loose?

Pull the knob off and there is a nut under it just tighten it it is just loose.

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Old 05-20-2010, 12:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: Radio Volume Knob Loose?

knob looks good, don't see anything to tighten, the brass rod that sticks out from the radio that the knob slips onto is what feels loose. Any thoughts there?

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:42 AM   #5
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Default Re: Radio Volume Knob Loose?

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knob looks good, don't see anything to tighten, the brass rod that sticks out from the radio that the knob slips onto is what feels loose. Any thoughts there?
Carefully remove the faceplate (you'll need to take off the side brackets) and you'll be able to pull it out maybe 3/4" where you can at least see the nut, then use a screwdriver to tighten it as much as possible. I then added a drop of loctite down through the crevice onto the threads to hopefully keep it from loosening. It won't be super tight this way, the stem can barely still wiggle. If you want it super tight, you'll need to disassemble the radio to fully remove the faceplate. There's a how to on that.

I just had to do this 15 min ago on the radio I got off Ebay to replace my wife's bad one. Her's did not have this problem - just bad electronics. She now has all 4 channels again and no crackling/popping during vibrations.

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Old 05-29-2010, 06:57 PM   #6
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Default Re: Radio Volume Knob Loose?

Got it fixed; thanks guys!

Biggest snag I ran into was not realizing I had to take the metal side plates off - There is a black tab on the outside, then the metal plate, then another black tab underneath, which is the one actually holding the faceplate on. Once we figured that out the rest wasn't too hard.

<edit>apparently you mentioned that, but it didn't click. lol The two bolts at the top hold the radio on, take those off and the unit slides out (for others future reference)</edit>


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Old 02-05-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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Default Re: Radio Volume Knob Loose?

I was gonna post something like this, but its already here. Loose nut on the radio frame just behind the face plate. It fell out when I took off the face plate. Then I took off the top cover with the phillips head screw in the back of the unit, pried up the lid, pushed the shaft back in and used a deepwell 11 or 12 mm socket to tighten it. Removed, and re-installed the radio in 25 minutes. Got real lucky and didn't have to reset the code, since I don't have it. My radio is a double din with 5 band equalizer, 1 big knob volume knob, and the small fade and balance knobs. I replaced the speakers with Kenwood 1694PS, and they sound great to me.

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