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    Honda Civic 2003 - radio 'seems' fine but there's no volume?

    The problem:

    I have a Honda 2003 plate car which has the factory fitted (Type B) radio which leaves a lot to be desired. It powers on and works a treat apart from one glitch- there is no volume/sound on from any of the speakers. I have googled the problem and it was suggested that perhaps the knob is broken and doesn't rotate the spindle in the radio that adjusts the volume. I thought this may be it- but when turning the knob, I can see on the LCD the numbers going up and down (volume level) but no sound so its definately turning the spindle. The car had gone for a service a few days ago and the mechanic had a look at it (he's no electricion, mind..) said that the 'volume knob' was faulty and to replace the radio. I someohow have a feeling that there is sommat up with the wires connecting the radio to the speakers perhaps? Mechanic checked but said that was not the case.



    The background:

    Sometime last year whilst driving around in an area unfamiliar to me, I went over a 'hump' on the road which I didn't know was there- the bleeder was a pointy tringular one and not the round smooth shaped variety.. I noticed that the radio suddenly went mute, and then over time when I'd go over a rickety bit of bumpy road it would simultaneously sound on so I would hear the radio, but soon, if I drove over another bump it'd go mute again. So the radio was on/off as it desired.. Havent heard it turned up for a while now..

    What could be the problem here?

    Any suggestions/ help greatly appreciated.

    12 Comments

    Loose connection at the back of the unit?

    The radio is knackered oO

    Maybe the whole thing is broken and needs to be replaced. They're not that much for a basic one thankfully

    Or maybe just one part of it is broken.. if a bump mutes the radio perhaps there's a problem with the unit receiving signal from the aerial at that moment. Or if it jobs when going over a bump and playing a CD.. maybe the CD drive is broken. Mine used to job when going over bumps and it made the CD skip..

    Take earplugs out.

    loose connection / blown speakers / connection wrong wat round

    more likely to be the speakers than the actual unit

    Original Poster

    thesaint

    Loose connection at the back of the unit?



    That's what I thought, but mechanic disagrees

    jaysonic

    The radio is knackered oO



    hope not

    oldmanhouse

    Maybe the whole thing is broken and needs to be replaced. They're not … Maybe the whole thing is broken and needs to be replaced. They're not that much for a basic one thankfullyOr maybe just one part of it is broken.. if a bump mutes the radio perhaps there's a problem with the unit receiving signal from the aerial at that moment...



    Will have a closer look at it, ta for the info

    transit

    Take earplugs out.



    :p..and I 'liked' your comment... albeit accidently

    nebno6

    loose connection / blown speakers / connection wrong wat roundmore likely … loose connection / blown speakers / connection wrong wat roundmore likely to be the speakers than the actual unit



    will have a closer look at the connections- ooh, hope it's not the speakers- is there any way to test?
    any more info/ suggestions appreciated
    Edited by: "samwants2save" 15th Mar 2011

    It sounds like a bad connection to the speakers from the head unit, i would assume that youll need to remove the head unit to find out for definite.
    You can pick up a decent Head unit for a bargain the now anyways, so since you are fed up with yours you can change it easily.

    Original Poster

    DannyM

    It sounds like a bad connection to the speakers from the head unit, i … It sounds like a bad connection to the speakers from the head unit, i would assume that youll need to remove the head unit to find out for definite. You can pick up a decent Head unit for a bargain the now anyways, so since you are fed up with yours you can change it easily.



    think i'll take the unit out and have a good gander at the connections.. despite mechanic having done this already, i'm gonna have to do it for peace of mind.

    You could always buy a replacement and if the speakers don't work return it..!!!

    Original Poster

    *update*

    Finally got the beggar sorted out and my ears are once again blessed with the sound of radio!

    - The problem was the actual radio itself. The speakers/ connection were all fine. Ended up replacing the radio like-for-like (less chance of car getting broken into if its an ugly standard radio.cd player) and the new radio works a treat.

    Turns out that some bleeder had stuck 'coins' in the cd slot ( a 10p, 5p and a 2p coin) Apparently, the silver coins were the ones causing the damage/ shortcircuit/ blown radio. I thought the whole thing would be really costly- but Mr Mechanic only charged me £30 for the radio and labour. I'm well 'appy.

    Driving has become 'fun' again! - honestly- I'm really enjoying getting in the car and listening to my music. It doesn't half make the time go faster

    Nice to hear, some odd advice you were given in this thread though. How on earth would both speaker connections break simultaneously?

    Turns out that some bleeder had stuck 'coins' in the cd slot ( a 10p, 5p … Turns out that some bleeder had stuck 'coins' in the cd slot ( a 10p, 5p and a 2p coin)


    You mean the slot ISN'T a coin tray? Oh dear...
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