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Old 02-10-2003, 05:30 PM
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Stereo Stalls Out

I own a 84 300SD with a Sony (non OEM) CD player. It used to be, on occasion, but now consistently, that when I start the car there is either no speaker volume or very low volume coming from the speakers. When the problem just began I noticed that at night as I was parking, when I turned the headlight switch off, no sound would come from the spreakers for about 5 seconds, then they would come back on again. Now, day or night, no sound comes from them, unless I turn on the lights.

Is there a cure for this problem, without purchasing another stereo (OEM)? I'm sure I've read that MB stereo systems are a little peculiar, is there some way to resolve this apparant electical problem?

I appreciate this forum, I just became a member but have been reviewing and benfiting from the wisdom, for a few months now.

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Old 02-10-2003, 05:50 PM
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I had an older Sont CD in my car. Sounded great when it worked, but it would sometime stop working for no apparent reason. I pulled it out about an inch and pushed it back in and it worked fine...for a while. Did this 4 or 5 times and got sick of it. Pulled and gave it to my sister for her 93 Accord. She loves it. I put an Alpine 7894 CD/MP3/XM receiver in and love it. No more intermittent problems for either deck. Go figure.
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Old 02-10-2003, 05:55 PM
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Sounds like bad wiring to me. Did you install it yourself? If so, I'd go back and check your wiring work. If not, take it to a good stereo shop, and they should be able to diagnose.


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