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Introduction: Each manual gives you the help you need for
your vehicle's sound system. It covers troubleshooting to locate problems and
identify what needs to be repaired or replaced. It does not support non-factory
system change outs but does give you guidelines on what you can do to upgrade.
The information is useful to someone considering system change outs as it
explains what's compatible with the factory equipment. It does not contain
technical information such as schematics or internal component level repair. It
does cover the stereo connector pin outs and what equipment can be easily added
or changed to make the factory system better. Each manual is an extension of our
website, to provide all the information we have concerning your vehicle.
Table of Contents
Sometimes we use terms that mean different things, depending
on the system set up and the vehicle. This defines how the terms are used in
this manual, for this vehicle.
- System Layout
What are all the pieces that make up this sound system.
Location of the fuses, amps, and other components of this system.
- Troubles Identified
Problems that we have repaired before, and the unit that needs
repaired for that problem.
- The Stereo
Problems and facts about this stereo (head unit).
Covers AM/FM static, and cassette problems.
"I bought my car used, and it did not come with info about the codes? What should I do?"
"What indicates it needs the code?"
"Is there a universal code? Is there a way I can bypass the code, and my
stereo will work?"
"How do I find the code?"
"How do I enter the code and how many attempts do I have?"
"The wrong code has been tried,
it won't come on after I enter the correct code
"The radio asks for the “CODE” every time I turn on the ignition."
How to verify that you have the correct code.
You're entering it correctly, but it doesn't come on.
This explains how to get it to work.
Testing the Power to the stereo without a meter
Testing the Power to the stereo with a meter
Testing the Ground to the stereo
Testing the Power to the stereo with a test light
A good fuse can still be the problem
- CD Player
- CD Changer
"Should I try to buy a used one to replace it?"
"Should I replace it, repair it, or try to fix it myself?"
Problems seen before.
Error Codes and what they mean.
How to manually eject the magazine / cartridge without breaking it.
How to reset it to see if it will work without repair.
"The CD cleaner disc did not help"
"Someone told me I should try this."
- The Amp
Descriptions, problems, and options concerning the amplifier.
Changing out an amp.
"Can I use any amp when my Bose amp goes bad?"
"Does this vehicle need the amp repaired?"
"Where is the amp located?"
- The Speakers
"Can I just buy speakers anywhere to replace this vehicles speakers?"
"When my amps are going bad, can I just bypass them and wire directly to my
"How long before the speakers go bad?"
Known problems with the speakers.
What is NOT a bad speaker.
The signs of a bad speaker.
One rarely known way to tell that a speaker is bad.
Testing a speaker with a meter.
Testing a speaker without a meter.
Where to buy regular speakers and where to buy special factory speakers.
Best way to purchase these speakers.
What to do when the connectors aren't the same on the replacement speakers.
- The Antenna
Symptoms and Indications that you have an antenna problem
Symptoms and Indications that you do not have an antenna problem.
Static in radio stations, antenna or stereo.
Power antenna motor runs but antenna doesn't go up and down correctly.
"What can I do to help it work?"
Low cost fix it right - Where to purchase new one and instructions on how to
No cost fix - The free solution to quieting the motor and allows you to move
it up and down.
Define Upgrade - an honest definition of an upgrade.
"What is compatible with this system?"
Factory Stereo Replacement w/CD
What not to buy as a replacement stereo.
Common mistakes made by people without the correct information.
"What equipment should I try to buy used?"
"What is a good price to pay for it used?"
"What equipment should I not buy used because it is not reliable?"
Aftermarket Stereo Replacement
The Steering wheel controls.
Some upgrades for this vehicle - adding cd or changer.
Where to get special items.
How to know if it is a bad stereo, bad amp, or the speaker.
Addition ideas to help you find where problems are.
One way to know where the problem is located
The truth about having a loose wire
To verify if it is the speaker
This manual does contain a photo of the stereo connector,
with each pin labeled. It does not contain all the pin outs on this system. Wire colors and full
vehicle schematics are in the vehicles service manual, which are available from the
dealer at a much higher costs. That type of detailed information is outside the scope of these manuals. If
we have the pin out information, we put it in this section to help. If you
are only looking for pin out information, ask if the manual you're considering
includes that information.
The cost of this manual is fully discounted off your next
repair or product purchase. If you think you will be needing a repair or
needing to purchase product, consider purchasing the manual first so it is
included in the next purchase. Also realize that the guidance from the
manual may change how you approach the problem you're having. It is very
common for people to change what they want to do, once they have more
Willman's Electronics is an independent repair company that is not
affiliated with any Automotive Manufactures or any of the following
Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.
Matsushita Electric Corporation of America
Willman's Electronics makes every attempt to provide accurate
information, but does not guaranty the products we recommend for
compatibility. We regret any misinformation, however each consumer needs
to do their own due diligence research to ensure proper installations.
Each vendor has it's own application charts and product warranty. These
charts need to be researched by the consumer for the exact vehicle.
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