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Old 01-04-2008, 10:14 AM
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Radio volume issue

I have a 1995 e300d with what may be a common problem. On many occasions the volume control will not work. I sometimes have to turn the knob 20 or more revolutions in order to begin to get sound. And even then the volume is difficult to set. I had a s320 that did the same, but not as bad. The problem is getting worse.....any suggestions?
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:10 PM
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You can pull the volume knob off the radio and gently spray/apply some electronic cleaner to the shaft and the surrounding electronics. Twirl the shaft around a bit, repeat a few times, then let everything dry before turning it on. Results from this procedure range from fixing the problem completely, to just helping a little bit, but it's worth a try.

Other options are having your head unit repaired, or buying a new radio.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:02 PM
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I did this once...the only thing I did not do is wait until it dried. Wild things started happening with the radio, cutting on and off, etc. When it dried, however it seemed to help. This was a while back and the problem has returned; but much worse. I will try again....thanks
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:30 PM
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I had problems with my volume control also. It would get suddenly very loud when I moved it a little. I ordered a new volume control from Becker in NJ and a friend soldered it in place. Becker and others can repair it for you but it will cost over $100. Alternately you can replace the unit with an aftermarket Head Unit (HU), Crutchfield has a great selection.
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