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No power to car stereo or starter

While installing a new car stereo in my 1999 Saturn SW2, I screwed something up, as I no longer get voltage to the orange "constant power" wire (well, sometimes a mere hundredth of a volt!) to my car stereo, and my engine won't crank either! Yet all of my other electronics (headlights, air conditioner, etc.) work fine. Is there a blown fuse preventing power from getting to the starter and the car stereo? If so, where might the fuse be? The fuses in the fuse box are all fine.
posted by Eiwalker on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I install an auxiliary port in my car?

I drive an '09 Nissan Versa hatchback (base model). I'm sick of burning CD's and listening to the same songs, listening to songs from my phone echoed by the cup holder, and there's far too much feedback with an FM transmitter for my iPod. What I am looking to do is simply buy a stock Nissan Versa stereo with an auxiliary plug-in. Is/are there any additional components I would need aside from the new stock stereo itself? I plan on recruiting a technologically savvy friend who can install it for me. And in case anyone is curious, I'd like to stick with a stock stereo as I'd intend to leave it in even when selling or trading in.
posted by HiphopAnonymous on Jan 12, 2014 - 12 answers

car audio in Durham/Chapel Hill - where to buy?

_Other_ than Best Buy, how/where would one obtain a replacement car audio system near Durham, NC? I have no idea where to shop. I'm OK with installing it myself if it's not too involved, but installed is good too. [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Car stereo drains battery: Is 30-50 mA normal?

The circuit that runs my aftermarket Pioneer stereo is draining the car's battery at a rate of 30-50 mA when the car is off. Faceplate on/off doesn't make a difference. Is this within normal range? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Apr 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Do I need to replace the whole radio in my car?

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla Conquest who's factory standard radio has just died (I think). It made a slight noise last night and cut out, and is now just flashing 01:00 on the clock with no buttons responding at all. I thought maybe the fuse had blown so I checked the radio fuse, but it doesn't look to have blown (something I suspected as a time keeps flashing on the display and I thought a blown fuse wouldn't allow any electronics to work). Also the cigarette lighter still works and that is connected/part of the radio fuse. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Jan 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Car audio for a newbie?

Do I need to buy speakers? What the hell is an HU? Can someone hold my hand while I try to get the speakers fixed in this pontiac vibe? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Dec 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Why is my car randomly refusing to start after new stereo install?

Why is my car randomly not starting? I just installed a new stereo head unit and I assume it has something to do with the ground... [more inside]
posted by lakerk on Nov 12, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get rid of Interference on Car USB Adapter

How can I get rid of the audio interference caused when I use a 12v charger with an mp3 player in my car? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Oct 23, 2010 - 10 answers

US car iPod compatibility?

I'm going to be renting a car and want to make sure that my iPod can be hard wired into the stereo. Help! [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Jul 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Please recommend a car stereo with a USB input jack.

I want to buy a car stereo with a USB input. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

cdchanger + adapter = auxin?

My older panasonic car stereo/cd player has rca cd-changer inputs but no aux in, is there some way to trick it to use the cd-changer input for an ipod? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Convertible with top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked?

Loss prevention in a convertible with soft top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked? [more inside]
posted by rinogo on Mar 30, 2009 - 22 answers

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier?

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Feb 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Is this a good stereo?

I'm thinking of upgrading my car's stereo; I still have a tape deck in there! I've located a Sony unit that seems to fit all of my requirements, Sony MEXBT2600. It has built in Bluetooth. Has anyone had any experience with such units? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Dec 8, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me hack my car's stereo!

I need tunes! Please help me hack* my car's stereo. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

iPhone car charger?

What's a good iPhone car charger that won't make my music noisy? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Nov 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Wanted: Car stereo with simple aesthetics and aux input

Car Stereo Recommendations: must have an aux input. Must have zen-like interface simplicity, and mostly pushbutton operation except for the few things for which knobs really make sense. A manual should be all but redundant for operation of this device. Would be nice if it has bluetooth built-in. Satellite radio is a plus. What am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 answers

New car stereo solution?

Car stereo solution for someone non-technical. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Jun 23, 2008 - 6 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my car? (i had to use this title)

Hooking up an iPod/amp after car stereo was stolen? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Jun 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Where's the simplicity?

Swapping a car's stereo head unit: I would really like to replace my car's ailing Blaupunkt CD player with a more modern head unit, ideally one with a front aux-in for my iPhone. Before I embarked on this I thought it would (should!) be as simple as popping out the old HU, slotting the new one in and simply reconnecting the connector block. [more inside]
posted by dance on May 11, 2008 - 11 answers

iPhone Car Integration

I, like many others, am trying to get the perfect setup for my iPhone in my car. Are there any solutions? [more inside]
posted by jpcody on Feb 5, 2008 - 8 answers

How should I setup satellite radio in my car?

Any satellite radio users able to offer some insight on the best method of installation? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Dec 26, 2007 - 4 answers

Where can I find a Car Stereo Installation Guide for a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Where can I find a Car Stereo Installation Guide for a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me TASTEFULLY "pimp" my car audio.

I'd like to modernize my 2001 Honda Accord's audio system -- satellite, HD Radio, Bluetooth handsfree, and on-screen iPod controls/track display. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Jun 26, 2007 - 10 answers

I need a cheap car CD player

I need a cheap car CD player with a line-in for my ipod that will be very unattractive to thieves. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay on Jan 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Car Stereo Blues

What's the key-sequence to unlock my car stereo? I know the code but how do I enter it? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Dec 21, 2006 - 5 answers

Need Jensen MP5610 car stereo advice

I bought a car with a Jensen MP5610 and there is no manual to program the time. Does anyone out there have one and would be kind enought to tell me how to program the time? Thank you...orlin
posted by orlin on Nov 3, 2006 - 2 answers

iPod-compatible car audio vs cassette adapters

Do iPod-compatible car decks sound THAT much better than using a cassette adapter? Also, will a new deck interface with my steering-wheel controls and factory cd-changer? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Sep 5, 2006 - 9 answers

Get this Mother^$(*ing Thump out of my Mother$*(#ing car!

Very strange electrical noise getting into radio on newly imported 1997 JDM Toyota Tercel hatchback. Radio replacement is imminent, but there's [more inside]
posted by toxic on Aug 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Looking for a car stereo with a good UI.

The factory-installed stereo in my car has stopped playing CDs, and my commute is fairly long, so this is essentially unacceptable. I've looked into getting it repaired, but the whole stereo'll have to be sent away for weeks, and it'll end up costing a bunch. But I've yet to find an add-on in-dash stereo for $200 or less that isn't terribly ugly. [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Oct 17, 2005 - 15 answers

How do I install a car stereo?

I am looking for advice on installing car stereos. [more inside]
posted by gaelenh on Sep 27, 2005 - 9 answers

How to foil car stereo theives?

Help me secure my car: For the seventh time in two years, I'm buying replacement window glass for my car. For the third time in two years, I'm shopping for a new stereo. For the second time in two years, I'm wondering what in the heck petty thieves want with my car registration and insurance forms. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Jun 14, 2005 - 31 answers

How Dangerous Is It to Drive With Earphones?

How dangerous is it to drive with earphones? I drive a noisy, noisy little car with a crappy stereo, and the tempation to just listen to my flash mp3 player with some Koss isolating earbuds is pretty strong, yet I don't want to endanger others or die in a fiery wreck. But at some point, with the car as noisy as it is, what's the difference?
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2005 - 26 answers

Opening up the dashboard of a Hyundai Tiburon

Anybody know how to get into the dashboard of my Hyundai Tiburon? I am getting an aux adapter cable to plug into the back of Pioneer head unit, but poking around doesn't show any easy way to get the dash off. It might be there are some screws on the front of the head unit that will release it without taking apart the car. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Dec 20, 2004 - 6 answers

Car Stereo Mysteries

Why is my car stereo cutting off and on? [+] [more inside]
posted by lynda on Dec 16, 2004 - 15 answers

How to find a skipless CD player for my car?

My car CD player (a Sony unit, probably about 6 years old) pretty much stutters/skips every CD I put in it, usually 5-10 minutes into the disk. Should I replace it, or try those lens cleaner thingies? Also, if I go to replace it, what's the metric in CD players' model specs that will tell me how well the lens will handle light scratches and/or burned CDs? I guess I could just get a really expensive one, but the only feature I really care about is that it doesn't skip.
posted by luser on Sep 14, 2004 - 7 answers

iPod Dock in Cars

Ugh..after holding my breath to see the iPod integration with BMWs, only to find out that it's a "cable securely integrated into your BMW’s glovebox", and by "securely integrated" they mean 12" of loose cable so my iPod can fly freely around the glovebox. Why can't someone make a car stereo that lets you slide in your iPod (or other device) as if it were an 8 track tape?

Is there some reason that car stereo's seem to lag so far behind other consumer devices in quality and features?
posted by freshgroundpepper on Jun 21, 2004 - 14 answers

Best format for MP3/WMA car CD player?

I just bought a new car stereo that plays MP3/WMA cds. My question: which format is better in the car?
posted by Quartermass on Jun 10, 2004 - 5 answers

Car Tape Player

The cassette deck in my car is so noisy that when I'm listening to books on tape on the iPod, all I can hear is the clacking and ratcheting of the tape deck as it gnaws on the cassette adapter. What can I do? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Apr 14, 2004 - 12 answers

Why is my car stereo fuse blowing?

Car stereo fuse blowing extravaganza! Please help salvage my stereo system. [more inside]
posted by dual_action on Apr 13, 2004 - 5 answers

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