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Old 01-27-2015, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default Radio has power but no sound/Amp problem?

Hi All,

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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Old 01-27-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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Default 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, ). 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.
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