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Common Problems of Car Stereo Systems and How to Get Around Them  

Is there anything worse than getting into your car only to find that you can’t get your tunes to play? Driving in silence might just be the most depressing thing in the world, so to combat that we’re going to look at some common problems of car stereo systems, with solutions from Xtreme Car Audio.

1 – Your car radio is not workingcar-audio


  • Radio won’t turn on: either a blown fuse or wiring issues
  • Your radio turns off at random and regular intervals: likely a power connection problem
  • The car radio display and sound turn off at the same time: not getting enough power
  • Radio turns itself off when driving over a bump: loose unit / connectivity issues


  • First of all, ensure that the system power is off. Next you will want to check to see if the fuse is blown. Next, check your wiring and ensure that everything is in order / fix where appropriate.

2 – You’re not getting any bass from your speakers

A song without bass is like bread without butter; dry and boring. So, what do you do if you can’t hear any bass through your speakers?


  • Ensure that the wires coming from your speakers are connected to the head unit and stereo amp. Be certain to match up the (+) positive and (-) negatives appropriately.

3 – Your car stereo becomes too hot when being used

With most electronic devices, you can expect them to be warm to touch. However, if you touch your car stereo and it appears to be generating too much heat then you have a problem.


  • Check the entire audio system for faulty wires. If you cannot seem to find any faulty wires, then you must seek out professional help from a reputable company such as Xtreme Car Audio. An overheating electronic device can be incredibly dangerous.

Invest in quality audio equipment

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If you’re having significant problems with a factory fitted sound system, then your best option is to strip it all together and invest in some quality audio equipment. In addition to that, if you’re not comfortable with installing or repairing equipment yourself, then know that there are professionals around who can help.

The worst thing that you can do is try to go it alone because you want to save a few bucks. It’s very easy to make mistakes if you don’t know what you’re doing and that can lead to very expensive problems down the line.

Pro tip: Soundproof your car

Once you’re satisfied with your audio system and everything is in working order, you might want to soundproof your vehicle. Noise pollution from outside the car can be terribly frustrating, particularly when you’re trying to enjoy the sound quality of your brand-new audio system!