Car stereo mysterious goes silent
July 28, 2010 7:11 AM Subscribe
While driving into work yesterday, the stereo in my car mysteriously stopped working. I was listening to NPR, then ... nothing ... just silence. Help me troubleshoot this problem, or suggest a solution for getting it fixed.
posted by slogger to technology (13 answers total)
At first I thought it was a problem with the radio station, because the unit was still turned on, all the buttons fully functional, and aside from the lack of sound it appeared to be working fine. Then I tried another radio station and nothing. I tried turning up the volume, both with the volume knob, and with the steering wheel control. Still nothing. I tried playing my MP3 player through the auxiliary jack and that didn't work either. I even tried playing a CD, flipped through the tracks, but nothing there. My final attempt was a little bit of gentle percussive maintenance, again to no avail. I'm now in Day 2 of radio silence.
The unit is a Harmon Kardon factory-installed on a 2003 Mini Cooper S. I've read through the owner's manual and cannot find any additional troubleshooting or technical information that might be helpful. I'd really love some advice on troubleshooting that may enable me to fix it myself, or recommendations on a type of repair service that would help me avoid taking it to a dealer. Thanks!