Car stereos often seem like simple gadgets with five saved radio stations, an on and off knob and probably a Cd slot. Today modern stereos are well integrated with additional features that make it even harder to operate and repair. Generally, they still have their good and ugly side. That said; when you are faced with a car radio problem, it doesn’t require you to visit your mechanic constantly. Some issues that turn up from time to time can easily be taken care of without having to visit a repair shop. Static or noise is a common problem with most stereo systems. Given that most modern cars use alternating current to generate power that is then converted into a direct current by an electronic component, you will always experience a whining or humming noise from time to time.
This might be caused by issues with the alternator when the rectifier has gone bad. If the situation is not taken care of in time, it might affect the vehicles computers, and you might end up experiencing erratic vehicle behavior. Another most important aspect relating to the noise is loose wiring. Your Car is constantly exposed to temperature changes and vibrations every day. These temperature change and waves cause the items to expand and contract which might cause the connector to be loose. The same applies to the vibrations posed by the vehicles daily movement.
You might sometimes experience that the noise can suddenly cut off then reappear after a certain period. This is an indication that your amplifier could be heating up. If the amplifier is not placed in a tight place, then chances are it might not be getting the right amount of air to keep it cool. Additionally, debris could have fallen up against it especially if the speaker wire or connector has come loose. It is also common for people to think that they have a broken car radio when the issue is a loose lead antenna.
Given that the antenna lead is fitted with the antenna, vibrations might make it loose. If the antenna is not fully extended, or the station is mistuned, then there will always be a problem with the reception. The issues in reception can also be caused by playing tapes or CDs. It’s recommended that you constantly clean your cd player. You can walk to a car stereo/ repair center or places that sell cd player cleaners and make your purchase. The other common problem that drives people to the repair shop is the jammed CD or tape.
Unfortunately for tapes all you need is to remove the tape out of the desk by hand but for the Cds, car stereos will have a force eject option. All you need is a paper clip to straighten one side of it. Poke into the hole with the straightened part and the paper clip will automatically cause the Cd to eject manually from the desk. Depending on the nature of car you are driving this is just a universal problem and needs to be taken care of the moment it begins. Bottom line, a little practice, and some patience will save you a lot of trips to a mechanic shop.