Common Reasons the Radio in Your Vehicle Just Quit from the service professionals at Carr Subaru in Beaverton, OR

When we think of car trouble, we tend to picture things that can leave us stranded. And while an audio system with no sound may not be the gravest of issues, it can still be an annoyance and make your drive less enjoyable. Depending on what symptoms your vehicle's audio system presents, troubleshooting is relatively easy--and the technicians at Carr Subaru know their way around your vehicle. Check below to see which of these categories matches what's happening in your Subaru; then, bring it in for service.

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4. The Sound Quality Decreased Suddenly

If the sound quality in your car's audio system decreased suddenly, it's likely that a speaker or other physical component is at fault. Decreased quality can present itself in many ways: the music may sound tinny from one side of the car, it may crackle and pop, or something may just sound "off." In cases like these, it's often a good idea to replace the offending speaker or component--or even get an upgrade.

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3. The Radio Doesn't Work, but the CD/Aux Do

If the radio itself is the only thing that's giving you trouble, and you can listen to music other ways, the radio itself may have lost its ability to receive a signal. This could be due to antenna damage. Though this issue is much less common with built-in antennas, it's still possible. Another possibility? The tuner in the radio may have gone bad.

2. The Sound Cuts In & Out

Picture this: you're cruising down the road listening to tunes when suddenly everything goes quiet. You shake your head in frustration and decide to enjoy your own thoughts, when the music starts up again. As soon as you're really getting into it, it stops again. If this has happened to you, there are two main culprits we look for.

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The first is a bad amplifier. If the amplifier in your car begins to overheat, it will shut itself off. Once it's cooled down sufficiently, it will turn on again--only to turn off once it gets too hot once more. If this is happening to your amplifier, you'll likely need a new one.

However, it could also be a problem with the wiring. If a wire is loose, it may be jolted out of place and back into place as you go over bumps, causing the system to stop and start again.

1. There Is No Sound from the Entire System

It may seem counterintuitive, but this one can actually be good news! If the entire system isn't working, it may be due to a blown fuse. Simply replacing the fuse might solve the problem. If so, great! But if the fuse blows out again, there may be electrical troubles in your vehicle.

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11635 SW Canyon Rd
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