|01-27-2015, 01:08 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2015
2006 VUE 3.5L
Radio has power but no sound/Amp problem?
Apologies for my lack of car knowledge but I am in need of some advice;
I bought a used Saturn Vue 2006 3.5L V6 (has OnStar option) in 2012 and the radio worked fine, after a year it would go in and out when I hit the brakes and then after a couple months it stopped working totally. The lights on the radio work and it shows me what's playing but no sound comes out. I took it to a mechanic and they said it wasn't an electrical problem so I went to Best Buy to get a new radio installed. The Best Buy employees said the factory amplifier was broken and that I should buy a replacement. I called a dealership and asked for a replacement and they said it would be $430 which is way too much money for a default amp. I really don't want to get a new amp with all new speakers so I'm wondering what I should do?
After some reading on Saturn Vue radio problems it seems like a lot of them have to do with a blown fuse, would the mechanic or Best Buy guys have known and checked for this? Or is my amp definitely broken?
Thank you so much for any help!
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|01-27-2015, 05:05 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2009
2001 L-Series 2.2L Sedan
2006 VUE 3.5L
Re: Radio has power but no sound/Amp problem?
Does your Vue have the sub in the back? If so, then it has a factory amp. If not then it is just the head unit.
Since it would go in and out when you hit the brakes, I would tend to say it is an electrical problem. Maybe someone here could help identify if/where the wiring for the stero crosses the breaks and you could look for chaffing/breakage around there. It sounds to me like something shorted between the two systems and the radio/amp lost the fight. If it is just the amp, then you may be able to bypass it and just lose the sub.
The solution may be to replace/repair the damaged wires or a new stereo (don't forget to get the GMOS-LAN-06 to retain your OnStar and chime functionality, http://amzn.com/B000UV6JI6 ). I don't know that I would trust the Best Buy folks to find this though. Probably best looking for a higher end car stereo or custom car shop if you don't want to invest in a GM dealership.
2001 L-200 2.2l Mileage: 140,000
DOB: 05/08/01 Date Acquired: 07/01/07
2006 Vue 3.5L AWD Mileage: 130,000
DOB: 08/24/05 Date Acquired: 12/15/06
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